FWBBC Names Gary Fry Vice President for Church Relations and Dr.Jonathan Rogers Interim English Professor

NASHVILLE, TN—Reverend Gary Fry, executive director for the Missouri State Association of Free Will Baptists since 2004, has been named vice president for church relations at Free Will Baptist Bible College, according to President Matt Pinson. Reverend Fry will complete his Missouri duties in January 2012 and begin his FWBBC responsibilities in February.

President Pinson said, “We are delighted that Gary Fry has agreed to join the FWBBC leadership team. He brings a sterling reputation as a denominational leader and Christian gentleman. His commitment to the college and his understanding of FWBBC’s mission is second to none. For 12 productive years, he served on the Board of Trustees, 10 years as chairman. He is exactly what we need as we reach out to churches, parents, and pastors with the urgent message of biblical higher education for Free Will Baptist young people.”

A Missouri native, Reverend Fry has coordinated the work of the Missouri State Association as editor of the GEM Magazine and executive director since 2004. He also served on the General Board and Executive Committee for the National Association of Free Will Baptists. A gifted journalist and speaker, Fry writes editorials and articles, and is a frequent participant in leadership conferences.

“I’m looking forward to this new challenge,” Fry said. “The college won my heart when I was a student and while serving on the Board of Trustees. I believe in the mission of Free Will Baptist Bible College. I believe that FWBBC is the answer to the educational needs of our denomination. I’m eager to meet with pastors regarding what FWBBC can do for their congregations, and how they can help the college build a stronger financial base and increase enrollment.

In other college news, Dr. Jonathan Rogers has accepted a one-year interim appointment as English professor at Free Will Baptist Bible College, according to Provost Greg Ketteman. Dr. Rogers will teach 12 hours as he assumes responsibility for courses taught by Dr. Darrell Holley who continues an emergency leave of absence to care for his mother in Florida.

Dr. Rogers received both his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Vanderbilt University and has had seven books published. His eighth book is scheduled to be published by Thomas Nelson in 2012. In addition to that, he has edited and/or collaborated on 20 books for publishers including Zondervan, Thomas Nelson, FaithWords, B&H, and Bethany House.

Dr. Rogers is married and has six children, ages 15 to 7.