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Camp Barnabas Covid-19 Adjustments

We are excited to still be able to have Camp Barnabas this year at Ambassador Baptist College!  We have all experienced adjustments to our regular routines during the Covid-19 situation, and camp will also see some minor changes. 

  • At camp check-in, we will be doing temperature checks on all campers and sponsors who will be staying for the week.  (We will not be able to accept anyone with a fever as a camper or sponsor.) 
  • We will do daily temperature checks and health screenings for camp staff, and staff will monitor campers daily for indications of illness as well. 
  • Housing will be arranged to provide as much distancing as possible, and only campers and camp staff will be allowed to enter camp housing facilities. 
  • Limits will be placed on outside visitors to camp during the week.   
  • We will be performing additional sanitizing of high-touch and high-traffic areas throughout each day and ensuring that our campus is thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis.
  • Recently, the governor of North Carolina issued Executive Order 147 requiring face coverings in public places where distancing is not possible.  This also applies to overnight camps, so campers and sponsors will be required to bring a cloth face covering and use them in designated situations.  Camp staff and counselors will also be required to use face coverings. 

There are some exceptions to this policy including young children, medical conditions, strenuous outdoor exercise, and eating meals.  (Please refer to the full text of Executive Order 147 for the complete list of exemptions.) 

Parents or sponsors may notify camp staff at registration of any medical conditions meeting the specified criteria.  We plan to use distancing when possible and face coverings where it is not feasible. 

We believe the Lord wants to do great things during this week of camp and we are looking forward to a memorable week together.  Please contact our office at 704-434-0303 to register for Camp Barnabas or click here Camp Barnabas Registration

Passing of Alumnus Billy Abbott

Evangelist Billy Abbott

Our college family was sorrowed to learn of the passing of alumnus Billy Abbott yesterday afternoon.  Billy was a member of the Class of 2001 and a full-time evangelist. He was a strong Bible preacher with a heart for people.  Billy was also the director of Camp Hosanna in Hiawasee, GA. Many young people were touched by his life and ministry.

An open casket visitation for friends and family will be held on Saturday, June 13 from 5 pm to 8 pm at Shining Light Baptist Church located at 4231 Traprock Gap Road near Blairsville, GA.

A closed casket funeral service will be held at 6 pm on Sunday, June 14th at Camp Hosanna located at 2201 Pope Road in Hiawassee, GA. 

A final service will be held on Wednesday, June 17th at 2 pm at Clearview Baptist Church, 3345 Goodman Road East in Southaven, MS.

Please pray for his wife Diana and their children. Cards may be sent to the Abbott family at 6795 Goodman Road, Walls, MS, 38680.

OPEN FOR THE FALL OF 2020

Ambassador Baptist College is looking forward to opening its doors to welcome back students for the Fall 2020 semester! The campus will reopen to students for the final summer school session on August 17th. The dormitories will officially open on Friday, August 21st and the first day of school will be on Wednesday August 26th. The semester will conclude on Friday, December 18th.

Commencement for the Class of 2020 will be held at 7 pm on Friday, August 28th in the R.A. Torrey Auditorium.  Evangelist Jerry Sivnksty will be the speaker. A detailed schedule of Commencement events will be posted soon.

The dates to remember for the fall semester include:

  • August 31 through September 4 – Opening Revival with Alton Beal and Bill Abbott
  • October 21-25 – Fall Break
  • October 26-30 – Missions Conference
  • November 14 – Rekindle Teen Conference
  • November 26-29 – Thanksgiving Break
  • December 11 – Christmas Concert
  • December 14-18 – Final Exams

ABC will continue to implement policies and procedures needed to promote the good health of its students and staff in the midst of the COVID-19 situation.

Applications for the fall semester are being processed now. Begin the online application process by clicking here.

Spring 2020 Honor Roll

Each semester, ABC recognizes those students who have displayed academic diligence. These designations are awarded to full-time undergraduate students and graduate students who take six or more hours. The college is pleased to recognize the following students for their hard work during the Spring 2020 semester:

President’s List

Semester GPA of 4.0

  • Kyle Burchwell
  • Colin Connor
  • Josiah Crow
  • Isaiah Cuthbertson
  • Rebekah Cuthbertson
  • Stephen Cuthbertson
  • Samuel Hanke
  • Sarah Hanke
  • Charissa James
  • Christian McCain
  • Joy Nichols
  • Kristin Quick
  • David Smith
  • Jennifer Smith
  • Jonathon Smith
  • Micah Villanueva
  • Rebecca Villanueva
  • Sara Ward
  • Charissa Willis

Dean’s List

Semester GPA of 3.50–3.99

  • Arthur Acosta
  • Aubrey Acosta
  • Abigail Bilbrey
  • Elisabeth Bonnell
  • Lauren Boyer
  • Kody Boylston
  • Elizabeth Darling
  • Laura Deatrick
  • Alyxandra Downs
  • Bethany Greiner
  • Faith Hanny
  • Chad Harrison
  • Trophimus Hendricks
  • Charles Krafcheck
  • Sarah Lee
  • Gioacchino Malerba
  • Ruby Mikula
  • Richard Parker
  • Nikayla Ring
  • Rachel Risinger
  • Isaac Rivenbark
  • Laura Schwanke
  • Grace Smith
  • Michelle Smith
  • Martha Spitsbergen
  • Colton Wagner
  • Annie Wales
  • Micah Willis
  • Jason Windnagle

Honor Roll

semester GPA of 3.00–3.49

  • Jared Beal
  • Emalyn Deatrick
  • Larissa Downs
  • Isobel Eddy
  • Andrew Haines
  • Anna King
  • Sairah Lucas
  • Forrest Miller
  • Jessica Skochelak
  • Garrison Snow

CAMP BARNABAS COVID-19 UPDATE

We are actively monitoring the status of COVID-19 guidance and any potential impact on our Camp Barnabas, which is scheduled for July 20-24, 2020.  It is still our hope to host the camp on its scheduled date.  We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and do what is in the best interest of our campers.  A number of other Christian camps are holding out their hopes for July as well.

In the event of a camp cancellation, all deposits and fees that have been prepaid will be refunded.  In the meantime, pray that we will be able to host this special week in July.  The present situation in our world only highlights the fact that the world needs Jesus!

May 2020 Commencement Delayed

Every year, Ambassador Baptist College celebrates the accomplishments and the potential of each graduate.  Due to COVID-19, the Commencement service scheduled for Friday, May 8 has been postponed and rescheduled for Friday, August 28 at 7pm.  This change has been made with the hopes that family and friends will be able to attend this special service honoring the Class of 2020.

More details on Commencement week activities will be shared in the weeks to come. 

ABC Coronavirus Response Update

Please check this page regularly for updates.

5/11/2020 ABC Coronavirus Response Update

Ambassador Baptist College continues to operate within the guideline as defined in Executive Order 138 by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.  Essential faculty and staff members needed for daily operations are able to work on campus.  Staff members who are able to work from home continue to do so.

Commencement has been rescheduled for Friday, August 28 at 7 pm.

Summer school classes are being held online and will continue through May 26.

The summer travel groups have been cancelled for the summer.  Travel groups will resume in the fall semester.

Camp Barnabas is still scheduled for July 20-24. In the event of cancellation, all fees and deposits will be totally refunded.

The regulations ordered by the federal, state, and local governments will continue to be monitored.  More guidance will be issued by the May 22nd expiration of the current Executive Order.

ABC will continue to promote social distancing and sanitation protocols on campus to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our campus.  To date, no faculty or staff member has contracted the virus.

3/26/2020 ABC Coronavirus Response Update

(No member of the college faculty or staff has been diagnosed as contracting COVID-19)

In light of the Executive Order issued by the Governor of NC on Friday, March 27, Ambassador Baptist College has made the following changes:

  • Non-essential faculty and staff members will work from home instead of their offices beginning March 30th.
  • The College switchboard will be answered and messages will be forwarded to staff and faculty members.
  • Returning dormitory students will not be allowed into the dorms after 5 pm on Monday, March 30th.  Items left in the dorms may be retrieved at a later date determined by the administration.

The items listed above will be in effect until Monday, April 13th.  The college will continue to monitor state and federal guidance.

Online classes will begin at 7:30 am on Monday, March 30th.  Students have been emailed all of the information necessary for online instruction via Populi and Zoom. 

3/19/2020 ABC Coronavirus Response Update

After consulting with state and local authorities, Ambassador Baptist College has decided to finish the spring 2020 semester with online classes.  While we favor face to face instruction, we believe that this method will give our students the best instruction given the uncertain nature of the weeks ahead.

The Spring Break will continue to be extended through March 29th. This will allow teachers the time to upload online content for their classes.

Online classes will begin on Monday, March 30th. All students will be emailed instructions on how to use Populi for their online work.  Students not receiving an email by Wednesday, March 25th should contact Mr. Matthew Hanke for instructions to finish the semester.

Students are advised to not get jobs that would interfere with the regular class day.  There is a very real possibility that classes will be offered real-time throughout the class day.  A thirty-minute chapel service will also be featured every day.

Students who will be returning in the fall will receive a credit for any room and board expenses that have been prepaid. Graduating seniors will receive a cash refund for any room and board that has been prepaid. 

Commencement is still scheduled for Friday, May 8th.  The college will continue to monitor the situation and will make a determination about graduation as the time draws closer.

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our college family.  We praise the Lord for this and will continue to pray for the health of our staff and students.

3/13/2020 ABC Coronavirus Response Update

Over the past few days, the Administration of ABC has been monitoring the growth and impact of the COVID-19 virus.  There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our campus.  While we are grateful for this fact, we also realize that a reasonable and prudent response is necessary for the well-being of the members of our college family.

After consulting with local and state authorities, ABC will take the following actions:

  • We will extend Spring Break for one extra week. The break will now conclude on March 29th instead of March 22nd.
  • We will cancel the Spring Bible Conference (services and special events) scheduled for March 23-27.
  • We will continue to monitor the impact of the virus with federal, state, and local authorities.
  • If deemed prudent, we will restart classroom instruction on Monday, March 30th. If the circumstances do not allow for this, then we will deliver the remainder of the classes for the spring 2020 semester online.
  • A decision about Commencement will be made at a later date.

Why extend Spring Break for another week?

An extra week will allow the administration to further evaluate the impact of the virus.  It will also allow time for online content to be prepared to ensure academic continuity in the event that classroom training cannot resume.

What will happen to students who planned on staying for the break?

Students planning to live in the dorm over the break will have a place to stay. The college will waive any charges for the week and do what it can to promote good health. In the event a student becomes ill with COVID-19 symptoms, a quarantine area will be provided until adequate health services can be rendered.  The dean of students office can answer any questions that students or their parents may have.

What happens if students return on March 30th?

In the event that classroom instruction resumes on Monday, March 30th, the dean of students office will conduct a travel audit in which every student will have to document their travels over the break and whether or not they have come in contact with someone who has received a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.  The dean of students office must approve each student who resumes classroom instruction in April.  Students who have been designated high-risk by health officials, have been diagnosed with the virus, or have traveled in level 2 or 3 countries (as designated by the CDC) will not be allowed to attend classroom instruction. The college will provide online class delivery to those who are restricted from returning in the classroom.

What is the college doing to lessen the risk of contracting COVID-19?

The college will increase its cleaning and disinfecting protocols with a particular emphasis on the common areas throughout the campus.  The college will prepare quarantine areas in the events that students staying on campus need to be isolated.  The college will make ensure that hand sanitizer is readily available throughout the campus.  In addition, we will encourage our students to take extra precautions as outlined on www.cdc.gov.

What can students and staff do to minimize the risk of COVID-19?

The methods found here on the cdc.gov website outline simple measures to be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In the midst of this health event, our college family will resolve to “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6)