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March 4, 2015

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John Sullivan, retired Executive Director-Treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, donated his personal library to The Baptist College of Florida.

The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville recently received what has been described by its President, Thomas A. Kinchen, as “the most significant literary gift collection that I have seen in my twenty-five years at the college.” John Sullivan, retired executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, donated his personal collection of several thousand books, denominational articles, historical journals, personal papers and other memorabilia to the collection in the Ida J. McMillan Library located at the BCF main campus in Graceville. Kinchen further stated that, “Few individuals have collected a greater number of significant volumes that document Christian and specifically Baptist life than has John Sullivan. Several years ago, I asked Dr. Sullivan to consider leaving his collection to BCF. I knew then that this would greatly enrich our holdings, and now I am celebrating the fact that current and future generations of students will benefit from this leader’s stewardship.”

Sullivan’s twenty-six years of service as executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention is the longest in the history of Florida Baptist life, and it is among the longest tenures of any State Executive Director in Southern Baptist history. Kinchen noted, “Dr. Sullivan has given outstanding leadership to Florida Baptists for over a quarter of a century. The history that he leaves here has helped to shape the work of this state convention, and the legacy that he has left in the donation of his library will help to shape the lives and ministries of countless students in the future.”

To learn more about the collection donated to The Baptist College of Florida, call 850.263.3261 ext. 449.