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October 2, 2013

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BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen celebrates with students and faculty 70 years of academic excellence.

“We Will Remember...” was the focus and theme for the 70th birthday party held on September 25, at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville. Students, faculty, and staff joined together to remember and celebrate the amazing vision and fortitude that it took to relocate the college from Lakeland, Florida, to the Graceville campus, as well as adding five distance sites and twenty-one degree programs available online in Florida.

The smooth sound of the BCF Orchestra under the direction of Professor Ron Branning kicked off the event with a special arrangement of the “Revelation Song” setting the stage to thank God for His rich blessings. BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen welcomed and recognized guests to the birthday celebration and gave thanks for what God has done and continues to do at The Baptist College of Florida. He inspired excitement in the hearts of students, faculty, and staff, reflecting on those individuals who paved the way, under God’s grace and guidance, transforming The Baptist College of Florida into what it is today.

Scrolling photographs displayed on the chapel screens offered a powerful comparison of the past and present while the college choir led by Music and Worship Division Chair Bill Davis performed “We Will Remember.” Immediately following the special time of worship in the chapel, a reception was held as guests gathered around the gazebo where Kinchen sliced the first piece of traditional birthday cake.

The first (BCF) class was held in the First Baptist Church in Lakeland, Fla., on September 7, 1943. Ten years later, the institution moved to the tri-state area of northwest Florida. During the life of the school, there have been multiple name changes as the academic programs expanded including Florida Baptist Institute (FBI), Baptist Bible Institute of Florida (BBIF), Baptist Bible Institute (BBI), Florida Baptist Theological College (FBTC), and The Baptist College of Florida (BCF).

Under the visionary leadership of President Kinchen, a consistently strong Board of Trustees, unwavering convention leadership support, and most importantly a living God who actively directs every step of the college, The Baptist College of Florida’s future includes many more years of "Changing the World Through the Unchanging Word®."

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