It used to be commonplace in Christian colleges to begin the
school year with an opening revival. Sad
to say, this practice has diminished over the years. Some schools have shortened their opening
meetings while others have eliminated the practice altogether. Why does a Bible college like Ambassador have
opening revivals? Here are three reasons
There is no better way to start a college year than drawing
near to God. When students come
to ABC as a freshman, they experience a number of emotions. Some experience
homesickness. Others experience anxiety
because of their unfamiliarity with a college environment. The cure for these emotions and the many
others is drawing closer to God. God
promised to draw near to us when we draw near to Him (James 4:8).
Revival is needed in our churches and our country. Too often, Christian colleges have become
scorners of revival instead of advocates for it. Our next generation of preachers and
Christian workers must have a hunger for righteousness and a sensitivity to the
The preaching of the Word of God can change lives. God has promised to bless His Word,
and on numerous occasions in the Bible, He worked powerfully through the
preaching of the Word. The Bible is a
light for our path (Psalm 119:105) and a sword that pierces our soul (Hebrews
4:12). The preaching of the prophets
brought many under conviction, and the preaching of the Apostles led many to
Christ. In a day that has minimized
preaching, we need Bible preaching more than ever.
The fall opening revival wil be held August 26-30. Evangelist Rich Tozour will be preaching each morning at 10 am and Dr. Alton Beal will be preaching in the evenings (except Wednesday night) at 7 pm. All services can be watched at ambassadors.edu or on the college’s YouTube channel. Your prayers for this special week are much appreciated.
The ABC family is deeply grieved at the passing of student Ryan Burchwell. He went to be with the Lord shortly after a hunting accident on July 20.
The visitation will be held on Thursday, July 25 from 6-8 pm, and the funeral will be held at 11 am on Friday, July 26. Both services will be held at Maranatha Baptist Church located at 413 Polkville Rd. In Shelby, NC.
Your prayers for the Burchwell family and the college would be greatly appreciated.
ABC is delighted to announce that a new scholarship is
available for the children of graduates of Ambassador. The Alumni Scholarship
will be offered to the children of alumni who have graduated with a degree or certificate
from ABC. Eligible students can receive $500 per semester. If both parents are
graduates, then the amount is doubled to $1000 per semester.
Eligibility requirements include:
At least one parent is a graduate of ABC
Must have a good pastoral recommendation
A minimum GPA of 2.5 for returning students
Approval from the Dean of Students office
An application may be downloaded by clicking here. For any further questions, please contact the college finance office.
ABC graduates are serving the Lord around the world, and we
want to do our part to encourage them and support them.
Since our inception in 1989, it has often been said that “Preaching is king and music is queen” at Ambassador. As a ministry training college, our heartbeat is to train preachers and church musicians for the work of the ministry in the local church.
In continuing our philosophy of conservative, traditional
church music, Ambassador is happy to introduce to you our new music chairman,
Mr. Duane Ream. Brother Ream is an
accomplished pianist and church musician who is eager to impact his students
for the cause of Christ. Take a few
moments to join us as we learn more about him . . .
ABC: We are excited about your upcoming ministry at ABC in the fall. Could you tell us a little bit about your upbringing and salvation testimony?
Mr. Ream: Sure, I was born and raised in Ottawa, KS which is about an hour from Kansas City. We attended a Baptist church and I accepted Christ when I was in the 5th grade. My Sunday School teacher led me to the Lord on a Sunday evening.
ABC: Your love and passion for music is obvious. When did you begin playing and how did you develop during your childhood years?
Mr. Ream: My mom said that I conducted the choir when I was a baby! I began taking piano in the second grade. My dad bought a piano so I would be able to practice. I took regular piano lessons from the second grade until the sixth grade. After that, my ability in hymn improvisation began to take off. I would try to play big chords even though my hands were not big enough. During my junior high and high school years, I was able to be an accompanist in my local church. In high school, an assistant pastor introduced me to a number of Gospel songs and hymns.
ABC: Where did you get your collegiate music training and what degrees did you earn?
Mr. Ream: I started at Bob Jones University in 1980 and earned two degrees. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Church Music and Master of Music degree.
ABC: Although you are well known for your influence in the classroom, tell us a little bit about your local church service.
Mr. Ream: Although I have always been involved in local church music, the Lord opened the door for me to become an assistant pastor and music director at a church near Pickens, SC about twelve years ago. I really enjoy this ministry and am able to teach Sunday School as well.
ABC: What is your favorite part about church music?
Mr. Ream: I would have to say that it is congregational singing! There is nothing quite like hearing a group of Christians passionately singing about the love of God.
ABC: What men have influenced you the most in church music?
Mr. Ream: Three names come to mind. Dwight Gustafson taught me much about classical and sacred music. Gail Gingery was a great choir director and showed me how to effectively interpret a Gospel song. Frank Garlock provoked me to think biblically about a philosophy of music and taught me music philosophy in my early days. He took a stand on biblical music philosophy in those days when it was not popular.
ABC: Between teaching in the classroom and serving in your local church, you probably don’t have a lot of free time. However, what are some things outside of music that you like to do?
Mr. Ream: Well, I like to fish, but I don’t get to do it very much. I also like HO scale model railroading, especially building scenery.
ABC: What is your vision for the music department at ABC?
Mr. Ream: Well, music should be part of the development of Christian character. A person must have character if he or she is going into the service of the King. You can have a lot of skill but no character. I would also say that I want our students to have a high level of musicianship. They should seek excellence for the Lord. We owe it to them to give them the highest level of training to maximize their usefulness in the Lord’s work. So, I guess in a nutshell, character/godliness and musicianship.
ABC: One last question before we close. What are the two most important things that students should consider as they develop their piano skills?
Mr. Ream: The number one suggestion is that they must be willing to put the time into it. Don’t be upset when you don’t get the results you wanted when you don’t put the time into it! It takes time and dedication. I would also say that the choice of teacher is very important. Not every piano teacher is a good one.
ABC: Thanks for taking the time to sit down with us. We are excited about the fall semester!
Mr. Ream: I am too! My prayer is that God will raise up many to train in church music.
On Friday, May 3rd, a number of students received scholarships and special recognition related to the 2018-19 school year. With the help of several private benefactors, a record-breaking amount of scholarships were offered for this school year. Here are the award winners for this school year:
The World Wide New Testament Baptist Missions – Missions Scholarship –A $150 scholarship for an Ambassador Baptist College missions student that demonstrates a clear vision, passion, and desire for world evangelization. This scholarship is limited to male students who are classified as rising juniors. The recipient of this award is Kevin Elliot.
The World Wide New Testament Baptist Missions – Pastoral Studies Scholarship – A $150 scholarship for an Ambassador Baptist College pastoral student that demonstrates a clear vision, passion, and desire for world evangelization. This scholarship is limited to male students who are classified as rising juniors. The recipient of this award is Garrison Snow.
Charles Sheppard Memorial Music Scholarship – A $300 scholarship presented by Mrs. Joan Nix Sheppard to a student in recognition of the display of exemplary character, diligence and discipline in piano and voice. The recipient of this award is Martha Spitsbergen.
Alfred B. Smith Music Scholarship – A $500 scholarship presented by alumni David and Ginger Smith to a student in recognition of diligence and discipline in the field of music. The recipient of this award is Kristin Quick.
Determined Ministries Evangelism Scholarship – A $500 scholarship presented by alumnus Richard Harper to a student who has excelled in displaying the gifts of an evangelist. The recipient of this award is Thomas Simpson.
Wayne Kirk Missions Scholarship – A $1,000 scholarship presented to a missions student in recognition of outstanding Christian testimony and service. The recipient of this award is Faith Hanny.
Priscilla Award – A $1000 scholarship presented to a female student in recognition of outstanding Christian leadership. The recipient of this award is Ruby Mikula.
Aquila Award – A $1000 scholarship presented to a male student in recognition of outstanding Christian leadership. The recipient of this award is Matthew Schrock.
The Kolb-Kennedy Memorial Missionary Scholarship – An $1,800 scholarship from Shining Light Baptist Church awarded to a missions student who will be doing a missions internship during the 2019 summer. The recipient of this award is Sydney Chambers.
Ray Blackman, Sr. Memorial Scholarship – A $3,600 ($1800 per semester) scholarship presented by the Blackman family to a rising senior who has demonstrated a godly character, academic diligence, and a strong determination to be in ministry. Ambassador Baptist College will recommend up to four eligible students and the Blackman family will select the recipient. Preference will be given to married students. The recipient of this award is Kyle Boylston.
Pastor Gene Cole Scholarship – A $7,000 scholarship (each student) presented by the Hoagland Family Christian Foundation to two pastoral students in honor of Gene Cole, Pastor of Devonshire Baptist Church. The recipients of this award are Timothy Hendricks and Stephen Cuthbertson.
President’s Award – An award presented by the President to a graduating senior in recognition of consistent, godly Christian character. The recipient of this award is Danny Adrian.
The Fundamentalist’s Award – An award presented to a graduating student at commencement who best displays the principles and practices of historic fundamentalism. The recipient of this award is Tim Brubaker.
Valedictorian Award – A Bible presented to a graduating student in recognition scholastic achievement. The recipient of this award is Abby Carlson.
Alumnus of the Year Award – A citation presented by the ABC College in recognition of diligence and faithfulness in ministry. Recipient needs to have been in the ministry for five years. The recipients of this award are John and Esther Uit de Flesch.
The Class of 2019 is preparing to graduate soon. With every graduating class from ABC, more
laborers are entering the harvest field of the world to sow the Gospel seed in
the hearts of men. If you are able,
please join us in person or online at ambassadors.edu for some of the
Commencement week activities.
Alumni will be preaching in chapel on April 29-30 to
challenge our student body to live for the Lord and do His will. Click here to learn more about
the speakers and services. At 6 pm on
April 30th, the alumni will enjoy a meal in the cafeteria and
updates from Dr. Beal.
On Wednesday, May 1, students who have taken Mrs. Mason’s
Speech Class will be presenting a play entitled “Just Plant the Seed.” The recital will begin at 10 am and will be
live-streamed at ambassadors.edu.
On Thursday, May 2 at 10 am, two graduating seniors will be
preaching in the annual student preaching chapel.
On Thursday, May 2 at 7 pm, the music department will be
presenting an annual concert featuring vocal and instrumental selections. At the conclusion of the concert, a Gospel
message will be brought by Evangelist Rich Tozour.
On Friday, May 3rd at 10 am, Pastor TH Moore will
be preaching and challenging the Class of 2019 to follow the Lord in faith.
At noon on May 3rd, graduates and their families
will enjoy a picnic style meal in the Paul Levine Activity Center with faculty
and the administration.
At 7 p.m. on May 3rd, the Class of 2019 will
receive their diplomas and certificates.
Scholarship awards will also be presented during the ceremony. The service will conclude with a Gospel
message brought by ABC graduate Richard Harper who is an evangelist.
Alumni are a special part of ABC’s celebration of 30 years
of training God’s servants for God’s service!
On April 29th and 30th, alumni will be preaching
in chapel to help us close out the 2018-19 school year. If you are in the area, please plan on
joining us for at least one of these special events.
Chapel on April 29th at 10 am
Jim Kohr is member of the class of 2007 and is the pastor of
Freedom Baptist Church in Havelock, NC.
After serving in the US Navy and living in PA, he came to ABC as a
married student. During his freshman
year of college, he realized that he had never trusted Christ and was
saved. After graduation, the Lord led
him to his current ministry in eastern NC.
Chapel on April 30th at 10:00 am
Phil Luther grew up in western NC and is a member of the
class of 2010. After his salvation and
call to the ministry, he faithfully made the commute back and forth from the
Hendersonville area as a single student.
After graduation, the Lord opened the door for him to become the youth
pastor at Boiling Springs Baptist Church in Fletcher, NC where he is now the
Alumni Meal on April 30th at 6 pm
All local and visiting alumni are encouraged to attend a
free meal and spend time with both new and older faculty members. After the meal in the cafeteria, Dr. Beal
will be sharing some important updates with alumni. Children are welcome to attend. Childcare
will be provided for the meeting after the meal. Please RSVP by emailing Kim Conley at [email protected]. Be sure to include the number in your party.
Come join us for two days of preaching and fellowship as we
prepare for the Class of 2019 to enter the harvest!
ABC will be celebrating thirty years of training God’s servants for God’s service at its annual Bible Conference on March 18–22. Graduates will speak in each of the services, and alumni will lead congregational music and provide special music in many of the services during the week.
Each night, special people will be recognized for their contribution to ABC through the years.
Alumni vs. Students Basketball Game
Tuesday, March 19, 2:30 PM: Paul Levin Activity Center
Men from the graduating classes of yesteryear will challenge the dormitory men to a basketball game in the gymnasium. Alumni planning on playing should email Jeremiah Clark at [email protected] to let him know you plan on playing.
Annual Board of Directors Luncheon and Meeting
Thursday, March 21, 12 noon: Paul Levin Activity Center
ABC board members and their wives will enjoy a nice noon meal before the annual board meeting to be held at 1:00 PM.
Founder’s Day Picnic
Friday, March 22, 12 noon: Paul Levin Activity Center
Classes will be cancelled after chapel so friends and guests can join the ABC student body, faculty, and staff for a delicious meal.
On the last night of the 2018 annual missions conference, ABC, in cooperation with WWNTBM in Kings Mountain, NC, presented a commemorative coin in memory of missions professor Norman Johnston. This attractive coin is not only a reminder of Brother Johnston, but also the important work he was called to do.
All proceeds will go as a gift to Mrs. Joy Johnston. These commemorative coins can be used as a personal reminder of the importance of sharing the Gospel. They can also be used to challenge others to do their part in spreading the Gospel message. Buy one today!
On February 2 at 6:30 PM, ABC graduates Daniel and Heidi Fox will be presenting the annual Valentine’s Concert at ABC. This musically-gifted duo serves the Lord with their children at First Baptist Church in Wayland, MO, where Daniel is the assistant pastor.
The students and staff will enjoy a banquet in the gymnasium at 5:00 PM. Friends and alumni are welcome to join us for the concert in the RA Torrey Auditorium at 6:30 PM.