Welcome to American Baptist College!

American Baptist College is affectionately called “The Holy Hill.” According to a national data-based survey conducted by the U. S. Department of Education that included all colleges and universities in the country, American Baptist College is listed as the best bargain for the most affordable collegiate education you can receive in Tennessee. So welcome to the best bargain for higher education in town!

All of the College’s resources, the entire faculty and staff are dedicated to providing students with the best education possible. American Baptist College is challenging enough to help students become their best selves yet, small enough to care about and address each student’s learning style. We want every student who walks into an ABC classroom to have the best educational experience possible. We are constantly assessing the work that we do as a college, but we never stop imagining how we can do a better job serving our students. The commitment is not only my commitment, but the commitment of the Board of Trustees, administration, staff and faculty to transparency and our standard of excellence. I share some key planning documents created and vetted throughout the campus that show where the college sees itself headed in the future.

As you can see, we are committed here on “The Holy Hill” to doing our best to help our students achieve the goal of becoming the kind of moral thinkers and leaders needed for today and tomorrow.

Now, let me step from around the desk and ask the student who is praying and thinking about attending American Baptist College: Are you ready to go to work? I know your answer is a resounding “yes” or else you would not have signed up to join us here at American Baptist College. What you will notice is that all around you there are people who have also said “yes” to the mission of educating you for social justice leadership and Christian service in the world.

The door of the President’s office is open to each student to set a time to talk about how things are going during the course of the semester. “Education plus character” is the way Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. defined education. Let us make this kind of education real at American Baptist College.

Light a flame that lasts forever!

Dr. Forrest E. Harris,

Senior Leadership

Forrest E. Harris Sr., DMin.


Richard Jackson, J.D.

Executive Vice President

Febbie Dickerson, Ph.D.

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Brooke Bell,

Interim Chief Financial Officer

Phyllis D.K. Hildreth, J.D.

Chief of Staff

Phyllis Qualls, Ed.D.

Senior Chief of Advancement

Board of Trustees

Mr. Dennie Marshall, Chair*

Regions Mortgage
Nashville, Tennessee

Mr. James A. Crumlin, Jr.,
Vice Chair*

Bone McAllester Norton, PLLC
Nashville, Tennessee

Rev. E. L. Branch

Third New Hope Baptist Church
Detroit, Michigan

Mrs. Dorothy Berry

Retired Commissioner
Human Resources, State of Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee

Ms. Donnetta S. Butler

Financial Consultant
Gallatin, Tennessee

Mrs. Gail Carr Williams

Former Vanderbilt Associate Director
Government and Community Relations
Nashville, Tennessee

Dr. Iva Carruthers

Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
Chicago, Illinois

Rev. Dr. Tellis J. Chapman

Galilee Baptist Church
Detroit, Michigan

Rev. Dr. Christopher B. Davis

St. Paul Baptist Church
President Tennessee Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention, Inc.
Memphis, Tennessee

Rev. Diane Ford Dessables

Relations Associate
Senior National Church
Silver Springs, Maryland

Rev. Dr. Darrell Drumwright

Senior Pastor
The Temple Church
Nashville, Tennessee

Rev. Dr. Johnny H. Flakes III

Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church
Columbus, Georgia

Mr. Don Hardin

President & Chief Executive Officer
The Don Hardin Group
Nashville, Tennessee

Rev. Dr. Derrick L. Jackson

Director, Sunday School Publishing Board
First Baptist Gallatin
Nashville, Tennessee

Mr. Bill King

The Robin and Bill King Foundation
Nashville, Tennessee

Bishop Lawrence Kirby

St. Paul Baptist Church
Racine, Wisconsin

Mrs. Rosetta Miller-Perry

The Tennessee Tribune
Nashville, Tennessee

Rev. Breonus Mitchell

National Alumni Association
Nashville, Tennessee

Ms. Linda Rose, Esq.

Rose Immigration Law Firm
Nashville, Tennessee

Rev. Dr. Julius R. Scruggs

Pastor Emeritus
First Missionary Baptist Church
Huntsville, Alabama