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Cumberlands Church Relations Board provides a base of support for the university


UC Church Relations Board members attend the annual spring meeting on Tuesday, April 5.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. - The University of the Cumberlands Church Relations Board (CRB) met on campus Tuesday, April 5, for its annual spring meeting.

During the meeting, CRB members received updates regarding the university’s student recruitment efforts, Baptist Campus Ministries activities and reports of significant spiritual decisions made in the lives of students on campus, the work of the Mountain Outreach programs efforts for Christmas gift distribution and the Spring Break Mission trip and an overview of the new Master of Arts in Christian Studies program.

Dr. Floyd Paris, pastor of Unity Baptist Church in Ashland and current president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, has served on the board for five years. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for pastors to have a connection with a KBC school to help solidify the relationship between our people in the pews and one of our schools,” Floyd said. He added, “I believe in what they’re doing here. UC is truly a place of higher education where students don’t have to forfeit their beliefs to get a quality higher education. You can have both.”

Dr. Jim Coldiron consultant for crusades for the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) was asked by Dr. James Taylor, UC president, to serve on the board several years ago. “It’s been a real joy to see what God is doing through the University of the Cumberlands,” Coldiron said. He explained that he shares news about the university with many he comes into contact with through crusades.

Ministry Evangelism Strategist for the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio and 1979 UC graduate Dr. Duane Floro is glad to still have a connection with his alma mater. “Because the influence Cumberland had in my life was so instrumental, I want to be able to give back to the students who are here now,” Floro said. “It’s a great opportunity to stay in touch with the university.”

UC’s Church Relations Board is made up of more than 100 pastors and other church leaders from throughout Kentucky and the surrounding states who serve as good will ambassadors and provide a strong base of volunteer support to the university.

CRB members assist the university with student recruitment, sharing information about the university with their churches and other constituent groups and making recommendations regarding special campus speakers and class lecturers as well as seeking other means to advocate for the university, its programs and its students.