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Students at Mississippi College Share Testimonies with Baptist Leaders


Mississippi College students Jared Thomas of McComb and Beth Moore of Grenada spoke at the Education Commission meeting on the Clinton campus on January 12.

Helping teens fulfill spiritual needs at metro Jackson schools and working with church ministries, Mississippi College students are changing lives.

It’s been a case of falling in love with the Baptist-affiliated university and passionately pursuing the Lord’s path for them. That was the message that MC students Josh Thomas and Beth Moore shared at Friday’s Education Commission meeting on the Clinton campus.

Thomas told Baptist leaders of his work to serve people in the tiny Jonestown community in the Delta as well as recruit future MC students. He’s also an active member at Pinelake Church in Clinton.

“I know He will send my arrow many more places,” Thomas said. The 20-year-old business law major hopes to become an attorney in the entertainment world. But the McComb High graduate realizes that things could change in a hurry.

President Lee Royce, William Carey University President Tommy King and Blue Mountain College President Barbara McMillin joined Mississippi pastors listening to the students’ testimonies.

This year, Josh Thomas is delighted to help the admissions office attract MC Choctaws to the Clinton campus. The sophomore has worked as a summer orientation leader at the university as well.

The Pike County resident vividly recalled his first visit to Mississippi College on July 7, 2016. He came as an incoming freshman for summer orientation. “I fell in love with the place when I first came on campus,” he said. “God was calling me to a Christian school.”

That was a decision his parents and other family members embraced. Josh’s grandfather is a pastor.

Getting to know faculty, staff and students at the 192-year-old university has been a positive experience for the Mississippi native. “The people on campus want to see you grow.”

Beth Moore is equally committed to her community and building her faith. As an MC student, she began ministering to children in south Jackson in August 2014. She’s worked as an MC resident hall assistant and serves as a mentor to girls at Madison Central High. She’s served in ministries with Alta Woods Baptist Church in Jackson.

The 21-year-old Mississippi College senior is majoring in public relations with a minor in English writing. There are many things the Deltan wants to accomplish in life and with church ministries. “God has reminded me to keep showing up.”

Beth first got interested in Mississippi College as a high school senior when a friend convinced her to attend a Fall Preview Day. “During this time, I fell in love with the people and the overall environment and made my decision to further my education here.”

Just four months away from graduating in May 2018, she’s never regretted coming to the 5,121-student university. “Since being at MC, I have grown to love the friendships I’ve been given.” America’s second oldest Baptist college has become Beth’s second home where she faithfully serves the campus and community.