Baptist Collegiate Ministries
at the University of Georgia
@ugabcm Alumni and Friends
A Season of Transition
A Note From Jerry
I’ve been here since January 1, 2019 and wow, has it been a whirlwind of changes! My wife, Leslie, and I moved to Athens to serve THE University of Georgia BCM after 23 years at the BCM at Georgia Southern. We could not be more excited to see the blessings that Lord has in store for not only our own lives, but especially the lives of the students in this ministry. We step into a great legacy of mission and the life-changing ministries of Franklin, Nathan, all the previous campus ministers and that of all of you who grew, discipled, led, and grew as leaders and world changers! We are expectant for Christ to work through the challenges we face -be it a global pandemic, a nation struggling with justice issues, or students (and campus ministers) dealing with new normals; we know He is in control, and we are ready to take whatever this year has for us head-on! Pray for us as we meet the challenges, stresses, and wonderful opportunities ahead.
Introducing Tommy Fountain, Jr.
I am so excited to be a part of the BCM at UGA! I officially started as Associate Campus Minister in March, but with COVID-19, this fall will be the first time I am able to serve with students also on campus. Here is a little about myself and my family. My wife, Mallory, is a Neonatal Intensive Care RN at Piedmont-Rockdale. Mallory and I both graduated from Columbus State University, where I attended after playing baseball at Shorter University. I went on to receive a Master’s in Education from Troy University and a Master’s in Theological Studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. We have four children: Madison (13), Brady (11), Cooper (8), and Reese (3)...and three dogs. As you can imagine, our house is never quiet.
Before coming to serve at the BCM, I spent 5 + years at Beech Haven Baptist Church in Athens, the last three in a full time capacity as the Student, College, and Missions Pastor. Before those three years, I served bivocationally for two years as the Interim Student and College Pastor. I spent 11 ½ years total as a High School Teacher and Head Baseball Coach and served in Bivocational Ministry during that time in churches ranging from 50 to over 1500 in attendance. What became clear over the last 4 years is that God was instilling in me a passion for collegiate ministry and missions. Through my previous experiences with the BCM as a local college pastor, it became very clear that there is no greater role in ministry where those passions meet than the role of being a Baptist Collegiate Minister!
I love college students, the local church, and missions; and I cannot wait to see how God uses our ministry here at the BCM at UGA to connect those three things together. I can’t wait to meet many of you, hear your stories of the impact BCM made in your lives, and see in the future how God will use you to partner with us to make a difference for Christ in the lives of the next generation of UGA students! If you ever have any questions about our ministry, please feel free to call me!
Rev. Tommy Fountain, Jr
Where Are They Now?
As some of you may know, Sarah Farley previously served as the Associate Campus Minister here at UGA. She is still here in Athens but is now serving faithfully with the International Mission Board (IMB) and helping to mobilize college students for missions.
In addition, both Franklin Scott and Nathan Byrd are continuing their ministries in the Athens area. Please join us in prayer for these three individuals who have served the BCM faithfully as they continue their kingdom work in new areas!
Spring Break Missions 2020
Back in March, we had the opportunity to pursue mission trips in both Serbia and Panama City as part of the Beach Reach program. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, our trips were cut short. However, we are thankful for the time we had and are eager to get back in the mission field this upcoming spring, God willing.
Keeping Up With Alumni
We are so proud to have had so many incredible alumni and we love to hear what you all are up to post-BCM! Here are a few updates from some of those alumni:
Emmy Dale, 2008-2012
Emmy dale spent 3 Years on UGA BCM Leadership while in undergrad. She served as a New Dawg Leader, the Public Relations and Communications Director, and the Dinner Theater Director. She also served as the State President of Georgia Baptist Collegiate Ministries. She also (briefly) played on Franklin's intramural basketball.
Emmy is currently working as a consultant for Chick-fil-A, Inc. She is married to her husband, Slade, whom she met at the BCM, so the BCM holds a very dear place in her heart. They have been married for eight years and have a dog named after their alma mater.
For Emmy, the BCM at UGA is a family affair. Both she and her sister met their husbands at the BCM, so she keeps in very close touch with some of our alumni! But she has also had the opportunity to reconnect with more alumni as she serves on the Alumni Family and Friends Board.
Chris Godfrey, 2007-2011
In his time at the BCM at UGA, Chris Godfrey served as the Fellowship Team Leader. In this position he helped facilitate events such as formals and tailgates, among other things. He also participated in New Dawg and Bible Studies.
He currently works in commercial real estate with Avison Young. This position has afforded him countless other opportunities, such as serving as the president of Buckhead Business Association in Atlanta, leading the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Young Executives campaign, helping launch the BYX fraternity Alumni Board, and serving on the Community Board for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Chris also serves as a "Big Brother Mentor" through his local church, and maintains many of the lifelong friendships he made while at the BCM. He is thankful for the leadership of the BCM and what they do to encourage and challenge students to grow in their relationships with Christ at UGA and beyond!
Mike and Betsy Ricks
Both Mike and Betsy are alumni of the BCM at UGA. Mike attended UGA from 1986-1988 and then again from 1990-1992, while Betsy attended from 1989-1993. During their time at the BCM, they both had the opportunity to serve on leadership. Betsy served as the BSU president from '92-'93.
Mike served on the BSU Council as well as participated in intramurals and Celebration. Mike now serves as a Next Gen Consultant at the GBMB and Betsy works as the Vice President, New Business Development, Blue Vault Partners & Independent Consultant at Mary Kay.
The couple has two sons, Mac and Jack. Both Betsy and Mike keep up with old friends made at the BSU and are thankful for the rich leadership training they experienced here.
HELP US KEEP UP WITH YOU!
It is always exciting to hear about the lives you all are living and the families you are starting post-BCM and post-UGA. Please keep us updated on what you all are up to so that we can include you on the BCM at UGA website! Never filled out your information? Do you need to update your information? Click here and pass this on to other friends and alumni of the UGA BSU/BCM. Send current and past pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introducing: The BCM Interns 2020-2021
We are so excited to have not one, but two new interns for the 2020-2021 school year! Katie Fisher is a recent Georgia Southern grad with a degree in International Studies. She is passionate about ministering to international students at UGA and mobilizing college students to go and serve through missions. Katie will be working hands-on with the Outreach Team.
Caroline Chester is a recent Georgia College grad with a degree in Rhetoric. She is passionate about connecting with students and forming/ building relationships with new people. She is excited to meet the incoming class of 2024 and connect with this year's SERVE team! She will be working with the Connecting Team this year.
Greetings, UGA BCM Alumni! Even though the world is a bit crazy right now, God's work continues at UGA. The ministerial staff at the BCM are prepared and ready for a great fall serving the many students who come through the doors of the Baptist Center. You can assist them in facing some of the challenges of the current Covid-19 pandemic by contributing to the ministry. Please take a moment to read the specific areas of need for this fall and prayerfully consider giving to a ministry that gave so much to us.
UGA BCM Alumni Foundation
UGA Class of 1997
• $11,000 -- We are blessed this year to have two ministry interns with us at UGA. These funds would help us pay for one of those interns' salaries, specifically our intern focused on international students and missions.
• $4,000 -- Our Gatherings every Tuesday night are a big part of the BCM and a great place for students to engage in authentic and intimate worship. These funds would go towards updating our AV system so that we can continue producing the highest quality of worship service that we are able. This investment will be one that lasts the BCM well into the future and will be especially important to ensure that our Gathering recordings, which we are starting due to COVID-19, will also be of high quality.
• $3,000 -- Another element we are in need of is new seating for our Gathering space. With Gathering being held in the BCM building this year, we want to ensure seating that is comfortable, but also practical and that will be useful for any future needs as well. Most of you remember the old gold-colored seats we still use, from the 1970s!
• $2400- Macbook Pro for our graphic intense and able to process all the things we do for our Gathering all at once.
• $1,900 -- DawgPack leaders: These funds would go towards offsetting the cost of the materials for the students involved in our small groups. The DawgPack leader books cost around $400, and the student materials cost around $1,500.
• $75-$375 per student -- These funds will go towards assisting students in need of Christian counseling. More than ever before students are in need of trained Christian Counselors to help them with serious problems of overcoming past hurts, chronic anxiety, depression and overwhelming stress. The BCM would like to help pay for the first five sessions for any student in need. A total of five sessions costs $75 per session / $375 per student we help.
Checks can be made out to the BCM Alumni Family and Friends Foundation at 450 S. Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30605. If you would like to give online, please VENMO your gifts to @UGABCM and include a note that says “alumni and friends." You can also follow this link to the donate page of our website to give via credit card/PayPal. We thank you for your support as we navigate through these unprecedented times!
Speaking of support, we want to say a huge THANK YOU to the Alumni for the purchase of our new furniture! We could not have acquired this without you and are so blessed by this donation. We look forward to students using it this next year!