Columbia Baptist Church holds Campbellsville University Day

Columbia Baptist Church holds Campbellsville University Day

Nov. 24, 2010
For Immediate Release



Columbia Baptist Church member and Campbellsville University Trustee Mary Frances May, center, was the recipient of the CU Leadership Award at the special CU Day service at Columbia Baptist Church. From left are: Dr. Ted Taylor, CBC transition pastor and CU theology professor; Dr. Frank Cheatham, CU vice president for academic affairs; the Rev. John Chowning, CU vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president; May; and Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University. (Campbellsville University Photo by Linda Waggener)


By Linda Waggener, marketing and media relations coordinator

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – The Rev. Ted Taylor, transitional pastor at Columbia Baptist Church, introduced Campbellsville University Day at the CBC Sunday, Nov. 14. It was a day for celebrating the growth of the church, the CU alumni who attend the church and trustees who have served at CU, Hunter Durham and Mary Frances May.

The Rev. Wilburn Bonta, Russell Creek Baptist Association director of missions, presented a certificate of recognition to the Columbia Baptist Church for “a year of record financial giving (including missions support), worship attendance, and number of baptisms, for the year of 2009-2010.”

Guest speaker, CU President Michael V. Carter, congratulated the CBC on a tremendous year, adding that the church has supplied Campbellsville Junior College, College and now Campbellsville University with strong leaders like Hunter Durham and, for the last two decades, Mary Frances May who currently serves on the Board of Trustees.

Carter acknowledged May for her special service “on some hard assignments” along the way. He said, “Her most recent service has been as part of the Buildings and Grounds committee and all you have to do to see part of her work is look at the beautiful touches on our campus.”

He called members of his Administrative Council in attendance and Taylor to join him in presenting May with the Campbellsville University Leadership Medallion “to express their deep appreciation for her leadership at CU.”

It was also a day to celebrate unity as the CBC supported both Campbellsville University and Lindsey Wilson College freshmen collecting gift boxes to donate to Operation Christmas Child. The church paid over $7,000 in postage to ship all boxes from both schools. After the morning services an alumni luncheon was hosted at the home of Dr. Anthony Grant and his wife Keena Jo Phipps Grant who graduated from CU in 1997.

The Rev. John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president, spoke of his many ties to Columbia Baptist Church, the first Baptist church he ever attended while a student at Lindsey Wilson College.

He thanked the CBC for being a church closely linked to CU through the past 104 years. He shared an overview of CU today which included:

  • Fall 2010 enrollment is in excess of 3,200 students in this 21st consecutive semester of record enrollment with students from around 100 Kentucky counties, 30 states and 35 nations;
  • Named four years consecutively in the top 25 regional colleges in the south by U.S.News & World Report – and ranked among the nation’s best colleges and universities by U.S.News & World Report for 18 consecutive years;
  • Ranked third in the South, and among only 68 of the more than 4,000 institutions in America, by U.S.News among the “up and coming schools”;
  • Named as one of America’s Best Christian Colleges® four years consecutively;
  • Rated a Militarily Friendly School for two consecutive years;
  • CU is offering over 80 academic programs now – 63 options at the bachelor’s level, 17 master’s, and five post-graduate options;
  • Regional sites include Louisville where there are nearly 300 students, Somerset with nearly 100 students, Hodgenville, Elizabethtown and teaching sites in Bowling Green, Pineville and Northern Kentucky;
  • Partnerships with a number of international universities in South America, Asia, etc.;
  • Vision 2025 – Preparing Christian Servant Leaders with goals set for continued steady growth over the next 15 years.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with over 3,000 students offering 63 undergraduate programs, 17 master’s degrees and five postgraduate areas. The website for complete information is

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