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Passing of Ryan Burchwell

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.

New Scholarship for Children of Alumni

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.

Introducing Duane Ream – Music Chairman at ABC

Duane Ream
Mr. Duane Ream

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.

2018-2019 Award Winners

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.

Commencement Week 2019

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 for some of the Commencement week activities.

Alumni Days

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.

Speech Recital

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

Student Preaching Chapel

On Thursday, May 2 at 10 am, two graduating seniors will be preaching in the annual student preaching chapel. 

Commencement Concert

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.

Baccalaureate Chapel

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.

Graduates’ Luncheon

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.

2019 Alumni Days

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 interim pastor.

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!

30th Anniversary Bible Conference

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.

All services will be live-streamed and available for viewing on the college YouTube channel. Messages will also be available on the college website.

Speaker Schedule

9:50 AM 7 PM
Monday Tim Mason
Roland Mills
Nathan Deatrick
Evening Devotions Anthony Hipps
Tuesday Brenson Jennings
Billy Abbott
Billy Ingram
Evening Devotions Christian Guzman
Wednesday Tim Schmidt
Kenny Hamm
Local church services
Local church services
Thursday Tom Krampert, Sr.
Finley Cutshaw
Richard Harper
Evening Devotions Ben Haupt
Friday Steven Chambers
Mike Westmoreland
Dwight Smith

Special Events

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.

Norman Johnston Commemorative Coin

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!

Norman Johnston Coin Side 1 Norman Johnston Coin Side 2

Valentine’s Concert

Dan and Heidi FoxOn 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.

Spring 2019 Opening Revival

Join the student body January 7–11 for the 2019 Spring Opening revival at ABC! Evangelist Jake D’Andrea is an ABC graduate and will be preaching all of the 10:00 AM services throughout the week. Dr. Ron Comfort, the founder of ABC, will be preaching the 7:00 PM evening services (no Wednesday night service).

Start off your new year by joining us and watching the services live at

Evangelist Jake D’Andrea
Evangelist Jake D’Andrea

Dr. Ron Comfort
Dr. Ron Comfort