New Alumni Leadership Elected

In addition to the dynamic speakers, informative sessions, and joyful reunions at last month’s Garnett-Nabrit Lecture Series, American Baptist College’s alumni also took the time to elect a new slate of leaders for the upcoming year. Congratulations to the following officers who will blaze the path for alumni “On the Road to 100” and beyond:

“Nashville’s Collective Hope Is Greater Than Its Hurt”

American Baptist College’s hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, joined a heartbreakingly long national list on Monday, March 27, when a shooter entered a school and killed six people. In the wake of the tragedy, President Forrest Harris issued a statement of hope and love:

The tragic killing of six people — three innocent nine-year-old children and three adults — at Nashville’s Covenant School is a deep hurt and gaping wound the citizens of this city will carry for a long time. 

This gaping wound spans the country’s neighborhoods, grocery stores, marketplaces, public squares, colleges, and schools. Now, Nashville’s suburban Green Hill joins the list of communities where innocent lives have been lost in a culture of gun violence. It is our city’s darkest hour of grief and loss, facing the reality that there is no safe place for children in this country. America, the “land of the free and home of the brave,” has become a home of terror of assault weapons and is a violence-entrenched culture where no one is safe anymore. “Enough is enough” is the cry of Nashvillians, along with others who stand with citizens and families around the nation, calling for local and national governments to act.

Read the full statement.

ABC Alum Provides Comfort
to Covenant Families

ABC graduate Jerome Hill Sr. was among the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department volunteer chaplains on-site at Nashville’s Covenant School on March 27 to provide support and assistance to victims, their families, and school and church staff, as well as law enforcement officers responding to the shooting.

MNPD currently has approximately 30 volunteer chaplains who support officers in the handling of crisis situations, comfort victims and their families, and provide counseling and other ministerial functions that may be needed.
Chaplain Jerome Hill Sr. (second from left), is pictured at the scene of The Covenant School shooting in an image distributed by PBS NewsHour.

Arkansas Students Tour ABC:
“A Hidden Jewel”

The “Holy Hill” is always welcoming to alumni, prospective students, and other guests. A special group toured the campus in March when Rev. Dr. George Parks Jr., an alumnus, brought several young people from his congregation at New Hope Baptist Church in Arkansas (North Little Rock and Conway) to campus.

“I felt it was only right to bring the youth of New Hope and Central Arkansas to American Baptist College,” said Parks. “First, it is the birthplace of my moral imagination. Second, it is a hidden jewel that needs to be seen and appreciated, especially by children of color who desire to be leaders or have a love of the humanities. With the ever-increasing realities of our world and the curiosity and consciousness of Black youth, ABC is the perfect institution for emerging leaders to begin their journey to effect change in the world.”

Parks added, “American Baptist College has a storied history of taking individuals who might not have been seen by larger institutions and placing them on the world stage of ministry and justice.”

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Upcoming Events

April 14
Deadline to Apply for May 2023 Graduation

May 10-16
Spring Final Exams and Papers Due

May 17
Baccalaureate @ 7 PM

May 18
Commencement @ 10 AM


Congratulations to Citizens Savings Bank & Trust, which recently celebrated a partnership with Operation Hope, an organization that promotes and encourages financial literacy.

Located in Nashville, Citizens is the oldest continuously operated Black-owned bank in America, founded in 1904.

Association for Biblical Higher Education to Visit Campus Next Week

American Baptist College will be hosting a comprehensive accreditation visit by a team of evaluators from the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) April 10-14, 2023, to determine its compliance with the standards for accreditation. During the visit, representatives of the ABHE team will entertain comments from the public. Any members of the public interested in making a presentation regarding the College will have the opportunity to.

Visit for more details. Persons interested in reviewing the standards for accreditation will find them on the ABHE website at

Great News Coming Soon!

Stay tuned for an exciting announcement later this month regarding new funding and programs at American Baptist College. 

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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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