Campbell University president to give Harrells commencement address

HARRELLS — J. Bradley Creed, president of Campbell University, will give the address at Harrells Christian Academy’s 48th Commencement Exercises on May 25 at 7 p.m.

A Jacksonville, Texas, native, Creed received a bachelor of arts in religion from Baylor University. He earned his master of divinity and doctor of philosophy degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He pursued further study in Harvard University’s Management Development Program and in the Spanish language program at Academia Hispano Americano in Mexico.

Creed was named the fifth president of Campbell University after a successful and transformative tenure as provost, executive vice president, and professor of religion at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to that, Creed was a professor of Christian history, associate dean, and dean of the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University.

HCA Headmaster Andy Wells said, “We value so much the relationship between Harrells Christian Academy and Campbell University. Many of our alums have gone on to study at Campbell, and we have eight alums who are presently students there. We are grateful that Dr. Creed would take time out of his busy schedule to inspire and call to action the Class of 2018.”

The Harrells Christian Academy Commencement Exercises are held in the Foundation Center on the HCA campus. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

The Class of 2018 also will welcome the Rev. Stan Jenkins as its baccalaureate speaker. Rev. Jenkins presently serves as pastor of the Tabbs Creek Baptist Church in Oxford. He is a graduate of Gardner Webb University, as well as the Campbell University Divinity School. The senior class remembers him fondly as a faculty member at HCA, where he taught social studies and Bible, as well as coached the middle school baseball team from 2010 to 2014.

The Baccalaureate Service will be held in the Joseph and Betty Newkirk Auditorium on Sunday, May 20, at 3:30 p.m.