Alumni Spotlight: Jim Urban

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James, Becky, Joshua, and Connor

James (Jim) Urban remembers the day when a TBC student knocked on his parents’ front door.  He and his sister were young kids at the time and experiencing an unstable family environment.  That day, the conversation between his father and the TBC student led to a spiritual transformation in the Urban family: lost souls found a savior, a broken family found forgiveness and reconciliation, and a young man grew up with a desire to help others who find themselves in difficult situations.  Jim eventually earned his Bachelor’s degree at TBC and was involved in outreach ministries similar to the one that broke through in his own life.

For Jim, earning his Bachelor’s was just the beginning – but he took that beginning very seriously. As a Pastoral Theology major Jim was privileged to learn under some of the most iconic professors in the history of TBC.  He made it a point to take all of the classes taught by John Cash, Charles Shafer, and Bob Kendall.  You know that was a workload!

After graduation, Jim and his wife, Becky, moved to VA where they both completed their Master’s degrees at LU: Jim in Professional Counseling and Becky in Music Education.  It was when he started his Masters studies that Jim realized just how thankful he was for his college professors.  “I was pushed to the grad work level without even realizing it.  It made my life so much easier when I was doing my masters work.  I had all this groundwork already in place and I knew how to write papers!”

One of his favorite memories took place in Dr. Cash’s summer Greek II class.  “Everyone in class was on the verge of burnout – most of us were married and had full time jobs; it was just a tough time for all of us.  Suddenly, Dr. Cash sat down on the edge of the desk and stunned us all by saying, ‘Let me tell you about something that happen to me when I was in college…’ that conversation is forever ingrained in my mind.  The compassion he showed at that moment got me through that week and stayed with me.”

In 2017, Jim and Becky transitioned back to Jacksonville.  These days Jim is pursuing doctorate work and runs his own local counseling practice, Uplift Counseling Center, while also teaching several online courses for TBC.  This past year, he graciously made an internship opportunity in his practice available to a current TBC senior.  Becky Urban teaches music in TCA elementary and they have two sons, Joshua and Connor.


What’s All The Fuss About FAFSA?

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When late October rolls around on the calendar, colleges all over the country start talking about something called the FAFSA.  You may have seen it on social media, in emails from colleges, and even through personal conversations with college representatives. If you aren’t familiar with the world of college financial aid, you probably have some questions.  Continue reading

Alumni Spotlight: Joseph Carnley

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Joseph Carnley – TBC Commencement 2019

TBC’s most recent graduating class walked in early May and an unlikely candidate found himself among the Pastoral Theology group.

Each alumnus has a unique story.  In christian circles, the term “redemption” is often used in a spiritual sense but this particular story is one of physical as well as spiritual redemption.
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Introducing new Director of Development

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We are excited to announce Michael Heavener as Trinity Baptist College’s new Director of Development. Michael and his family are joining us after 5 years of cross-cultural ministry in Germany.  As Director of Development, Michael will be instrumental in managing fund-raising, annual fund giving, Capital Campaigns, endowment growth, athletic facility advertising, and planned giving.

Michael is no stranger to TBC, as he served as both the Assistant to the President and Director of Recruiting from 2010-2015. His past involvement at TBC is to our benefit as it will enable us to begin near-immediate implementation of processes and ideas that will advance the ministry of Trinity Baptist College.

Michael came to faith in Jesus Christ through personal study of the Scriptures.  He and his wife, Silke, have two children: Ariella (nine) and Noah (five). Michael holds a BA from The Citadel, as well as an M-Div and MA from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.  He is a former Army Medical Service Corps Officer who led soldiers during two deployments in Iraq (’04, ‘06-‘07).

In 2015, Michael and Silke followed God’s direction to pursue cross cultural ministry opportunities in Germany. To facilitate this calling, Michael accepted a civilian position with the U.S. Army Medical Department, which enabled Michael and his family to relocate to Germany for up to five years.  As an Army Civilian, Michael served as the program manager and analyst for manpower staffing and workforce structure for all Army Health Clinics in southern Germany.  He developed a variety of new processes and products and his work received commendation from the highest-ranking levels of leadership in the Regional Health Command Europe.  Outside of his work with the Army, Michael was able to focus on ministry opportunities.  He served as one of three elders for Frei Evangeliche Gemeinde (a local German church) in Hersbruck. Along with the Pastor and other elders, Michael’s efforts contributed to a new mission strategy and organization structure for the church. Additionally, Michael served in the areas of preaching and teaching for the main congregation, youth, and small groups.

Michael chose to forego opportunities to continue working for the Department of Defense in a Stateside transition upon completion of his contract.  Instead, he accepted the opportunity to return to Trinity Baptist College, where he will once again join TBC in its mission to impact the world for Jesus Christ. Michael and Silke plan to attend Trinity Baptist Church’s Oakleaf Campus, where they were part of the original launch team, and where Michael previously led a homegroup before departing for Germany.

The Student {athlete} Life at TBC


The chance to keep playing their favorite sport while earning a degree is the ultimate goal of many young people.

The student athlete life is exciting and fun!  There are plenty of opportunities to make friends, travel, enjoy healthy competition, and even make a name for themselves.

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3 Things To Learn The Summer Before College

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There are so many things to do the summer before you begin college!  Assuming you have already been accepted and know where you will attend, your attention may shift from submitting documents and meeting deadlines to accomplishing something on your bucket list or learning practical life skills.  Continue reading

TBC now offering scholarship match for MK students

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Missionary families face unique challenges when it comes time to make college plans – whether it be for adults who are going back to finish a degree or earn a new one, or for a missionary kid (MK) who is venturing into the world of college for the first time.  Here at TBC, we do what we can to make that transition less stressful.  One way we are helping to improve that “re-entry” experience is by offering a scholarship match for missionary families. Continue reading

Private Foundation Scholarship Questions


For students enrolling in college, financial aid can come in three forms: Federal, Institutional, and Private (or third-party). For those seeking aid options in addition to federal and institutional awards, researching private scholarships may prove highly rewarding and beneficial.

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Providing a safe environment for MK’s as they transition into college and American culture


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Choosing a college is a big deal no matter what your background happens to be.

Certain aspects of missionary life in particular can make that process even more complicated and intimidating.  Missionary kids (MK’s) and third-culture kids (TCK’s) face unique challenges when it comes time to make college decisions.

  • Moving far (1000’s of miles) from family and friends
  • Long-distance planning and wondering if you really, actually understand what is expected (“lost in translation” is a real hazard)
  • Trying to anticipate transportation needs (no car, no US license, and quite possibly no local connections)
  • Looking the part (looking like typical American kids) but being completely different
  • Stepping out by faith while still making wise financial decisions (typically, MK’s cannot legally hold a job in a foreign country and might not even have access to a US bank account)
  • Learning a new culture (culture shock) while attempting to handle all of the above

That is a lot to navigate on your own — especially when you’re 18! Continue reading

Spring Break… what to do?

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Spring Break.

These two words mean something different to everyone: road trips, beach days, sleeping in, camping, hiking, or maybe for you it means working extra hours to get ahead.

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