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

Donnetta S. Butler, MBA

Chief Financial Officer

Phyllis D.K. Hildreth, J.D.

Chief of Staff

Phyllis Qualls, Ed.D.

Chief Advancement Officer

Board of Trustees

Mr. Dennie Marshall, Chair*

Regions Mortgage
Nashville, Tennessee

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

Attorney Bone McAllester Norton, PLLC
Nashville, Tennessee

Ms. Lamel Bandy-Neal

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Meharry Medical College 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

Mrs. Gail Carr Williams

Former Vanderbilt Associate Director
Government and Community Relations
Nashville, Tennessee

Rev. Dr. Tellis J. Chapman

Galilee Baptist Church
Detroit, Michigan

Dr. John W. Crittle II

Relations Associate
Crittle Financial, Inc.
Holly Springs, Mississippi

Rev. Dr. Christopher B. Davis

Interim President, LeMoyne-Owen College
Pastor, St. Paul Baptist Church
Memphis, Tennessee

Rev. Dr. Darrell Drumwright

Senior Pastor
The Temple Church
Nashville, Tennessee

Rev. Dr. Johnny H. Flakes III

Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church
Columbus, Georgia

Mrs. Brenda Gilmore

Former State Senator
Nashville, Tennessee

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

Rev. Trajean Jadorette

New Covenant Baptist Church
Englerston, The Bahamas

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. Lamont Monford

Philippian Missionary Baptist Church
Lima, Ohio

Rev. Dr. Julius R. Scruggs

Pastor Emeritus
First Missionary Baptist Church
Huntsville, Alabama

Dr. Cynthia Turner Graham

Health Consultant
Smyrna, Georgia