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Cooper School of Missions and Biblical Studies

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 1:05pm
Jim Braswell of Hattiesburg, a pilot for Delta Airlines, served as guest speaker for the William Carey University Christian Leadership Lecture on March 4.
Braswell discussed his life and experiences as a college student studying electrical engineering, his marriage to his college sweetheart, his time as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and his experiences as a pilot for four airlines before beginning his 23 years of service at Delta. The central theme of the lecture was Braswell’s reliance on and trust in God throughout his life and career.
The son of the late Rex and Mary Alice Braswell, Braswell is married to Peggy Braswell. They have two daughters and five grandchildren. In addition to his work for Delta, he is also an active member and deacon of 38th Avenue Baptist Church in Hattiesburg. He has been involved in various missions, has mentored college students and young couples and has had a special interest in working with Royal Ambassadors, a program for Christian development of boys. Like his parents before him, Braswell also serves as a trustee of Carey.
Christian Leadership Lectures are presented throughout the academic year and feature outstanding individuals from various professions who have achieved success and demonstrated strong leadership. Speakers are invited to share the role their Judeo-Christian principles have had in guiding their personal and professional achievements.
Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 11:03am
William Carey University’s Dr. Brett Golson, assistant professor of religion, chair of the Department of Christian Ministries and director of bivocational ministries, and Mihaela Florescu, a senior from the eastern European country of Moldova, were recently recognized as the Carey HEADWAE faculty and student honorees.
An acronym for Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence, HEADWAE was established by the Mississippi Legislature in 1987 to honor individuals on campuses “who have made outstanding contributions in promoting academic excellence.”
Dr. Golson and Florescu were among faculty members and students from 34 Mississippi public and private institutions recognized by the Mississippi Legislature at the State Capitol in Jackson on February 17. A luncheon was also held in the honorees’ honor.
Dr. Golson joined the Carey faculty in 2012 after serving as senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Louisville. He served in the United States Marine Corps and obtained his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University of Southern Mississippi and a bachelor’s degree in religion from Carey. He also holds master’s degrees in divinity and theology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also earned a doctorate in preaching.
Florescu is a biology major and chemistry minor at Carey. She moved to Mississippi to attend Jones County Junior College, where she graduated in 2013. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree later this year, Florescu plans to attend medical school.
Friday, February 13, 2015 - 8:16am
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 10:25am

Hattiesburg, Miss., February 26, 2014 - William Carey University hosted a workshop titled, “Preaching Through Hebrews: An Expository Sermon Preparation Seminar” on February 24 in Thomas Business Building. Nearly 30 preachers from North Mississippi to the Gulf Coast were in attendance. Keynote speakers were Dr. Brett Golson, coordinator of bi-vocational programs and assistant professor of religion at WCU; Kevin Jackson, pastor of Grace Baptist Church of Grenada; Dr. Chas Rowland, pastor of Bovina Baptist Church, and Wade Stevens, pastor of First Baptist Church of Mathiston.

Dr. Golson, who has served as a pastor for over 20 years, planned the seminar to help preachers with sermon preparation. The seminar focused on planned preaching through a book of the Bible, and those in attendance worked together to come up with 25 sermon outlines to use for Sunday services. The overall mission of the workshop was to hone sermon preparation and development skills and allow the pastors a chance to fellowship with and learn from one another.

For more information about the preaching seminar, contact Dr. Brett Golson at

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 9:43am

Hattiesburg, Miss., October 10, 2013 - Pictured are (left to right) Dr. Tim Glaze, director of Baptist Student Union (BSU) at William Carey University, Dr. Rebekah Naylor, global health care consultant for Baptist Global Response, and Shane Thrash, assistant director of BSU at WCU, before Dr. Naylor spoke at WCU’s  chapel service on October 9. Dr. Naylor, who served as a missionary to India through the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention for 37 years, was the featured guest speaker throughout BSU’s Global Opportunities Week, which concluded with the Missions Banquet on October 10. Over the tenure of her missionary career in India, she used her M.D. degree and medical background to organize training programs in allied health disciplines, set up accredited residency training programs for doctors, and establish the Rebekah Ann Naylor School of Nursing.