A Time To Give Thanks

As always, it’s most appropriate to begin the holiday season by giving thanks. At American Baptist College, we have much for which to be thankful. 

The past two-and-a-half years have been challenging for everyone, and our College has been no exception. However, in the Fall 2022 semester we welcomed students back to campus for in-person learning for the first time since March 2020. To the students who chose to start or continue their educational journeys with us, to the parents and families who entrusted their students to us, and to the committed faculty and staff members who serve our students daily, I say “thank you.”

We are thankful for our alumni and our partners in the community, throughout the country, and across the world who support American Baptist College and help to ensure that we continue to “glow and grow” On the Road to 100 in 2024.

This is a time of thanks and giving. We are ever thankful for our years of survival, and strive for continued growth in the sunshine of what we call the Holy Hill. We are thankful and we commit to forever giving our best for the future that belongs to this College.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at American Baptist College.

— President Forrest Harris

Israeli Dignitary Visits Campus

American Baptist College is known far and wide for its rich tradition of preparing leaders in Social Justice, Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership. This week, the Counsel General of Israel to the Southeastern United States, Anat Sultan-Dadon visited the campus to experience the Holy Hill first-hand.

The Consulate's jurisdiction covers the states of Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. Consul General Sultan-Dadon joined the Israeli diplomatic corps in 2004 and held various positions at embassies in Cameroon, Germany, the Netherlands, and Australia prior to assuming her current role in July 2019.

Library Services

Special notice from ABC's newest staff member, Angel Pridgen:
My name is Ms. Angel Pridgen, and I am the new director of library services for the Susie McClure Library. I hold a bachelor of science degree in speech communications and theater from Tennessee State University, a master of library science from Drexel University, and a master of educational technology and educational media from East Tennessee State University.

I am excited that my professional journey has brought me to American Baptist College. I look forward to communicating with everyone to align the Susie McClure Library with the mission and vision of this beautiful campus.

Here are a few exciting updates for the academic community!
The Susie McClure Library is progressing into a new phase. Students and faculty now have access to a news board outside the library director’s office to post events and other pertinent information for the ABC community. This week, students from the Tennessee State University Service to Leadership program volunteered to help arrange and shelve books, making the library a more inclusive space. A color printer is now available to assist in completing scholarly projects; please email for more information.

Feel free to contact Ms. Pridgen with your requests or suggestions for new materials to add to the library for academic support, research, and leisure.

Join Us on the Holy Hill!

Apply now to enroll at American Baptist College. We are still accepting applications for the Spring 2023 semester, as well as Fall 2023.

Join Our Chapel Service … From Anywhere!

ABC’s weekly chapel service can now be seen live every Tuesday beginning at 5:30 p.m. Central time on YouTube and Zoom.
Are you interested in a campus tour? Click here to schedule a visit or to take a virtual tour.

If you have questions about admissions requirements, tuition and fees, financial aid, or anything else related to attending ABC, visit our Admissions page.

This week’s Chapel service dealt with the very sensitive and timely issue of substance use disorder. If you or someone you know needs help, visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s national helpline on the web or at 1-800-662-HELP (4257).

Watch Now: ABC Financial Aid on IG

One of the biggest questions about college for students and their families is “How do I pay for it?”

ABC’s Director of Financial Aid Services recently hosted a live session on Instagram to answer the questions she hears most frequently about completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the different types of assistance available. She also spoke briefly about the Biden-Harris Administration’s plan for student loan debt forgiveness, although the plan is currently on hold due to pending litigation.

Click to view the video; if you have additional questions, visit the Financial Aid page on our website or email

Dates to Remember

Registration for the Spring 2023 semester is currently under way.
Here are some other key dates to remember in the coming weeks:

November 24-25 | Thanksgiving Break

December 3 | Last day of fall classes

December 5-6 | Reading Period

December 7-13 | Fall exams and papers due

December 16 |  Last day to submit an application for admission
for Spring 2023

December 23-26 | Campus closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

January 2, 2023 | Campus closed for New Year’s Day

We're On The Road to 100 in 2024

By providing a financial contribution, you can directly positively impact the lives of our students, this community, and our world. Please make your contribution for #GivingTuesday on November 29, 2022, or a general donation.

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ABC President Forrest Harris will be recognized this week as one of two honorees at the Black Religious Scholars Group 24th Annual Consultation in Denver. 
Rev. Brenous Mitchell (Class of 2005), a member of the ABC Board of Trustees and president of the National Alumni Association,  has been elected Chairman of the Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA.
Rev. Bryan Frelix (Class of 2018), has been elected pastor of Foss Avenue Baptist Church in Flint, Michigan. He will deliver his first sermon the Sunday before Christmas – December, 18, 2022.

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American Baptist College has survived and thrived for 98 years. Established out of a desire to train African American preachers, it now is a full-fledged Historically Black College/University and offers both Associate's and Bachelor's degrees. Nestled on the “Holy” Hill in North Nashville, this College is a treasured institution in teaching, guiding and developing leaders of social change for the 21st century and beyond. Our work places a SEAL (Social Justice, Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership) on the world. 
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