Plans for New Residence Hall
New Residence Hall Named in Honor of Dickson Family
Central Baptist College will name its new residence hall in honor of David and Shelley Dickson, Baptist Missionary Association of America missionaries who have served the BMAA since they were elected missionaries to Nicaragua in 1971.
Dickson Hall, located facing west on Conway Boulevard, is scheduled to open in time for new student move-in day on August 16 this fall. The 150-bed residence hall will be the first housing project on the CBC campus in 49 years.
The relationship with the Dickson’s began in the late 1960’s when David and Shelley both enrolled in classes at Central Baptist College. The Dicksons four children, David and wife Stacy “Epperson” Dickson, Josh and wife Anna “Wiles” Dickson, Aimee “Dickson” Hughes and husband Jason, and Jamie "Dickson" Miller and husband Loren, are all CBC alumni. David’s twin nieces, Nikki and Amanda, are recent CBC alums. Other extended family members also attended Central Baptist College.
Their time at the College in the late ‘60s to early ‘70s led them to what is now over fifty years of ministry, the majority of which has been devoted to the foreign mission field. In 1971, David and Shelley were elected missionaries by the Baptist Missionary Association of America (BMAA) to Nicaragua. They later served the BMAA as missionaries in El Salvador, Honduras (working with the Garifunas), Guatemala, and Puerto Rico, founding the “Church Without Walls” in Guayama, Puerto Rico. During their fifteen years in Puerto Rico, David and Shelley also played an important role in missionary expansion in other areas of Latin America, including the Dominican Republic, Peru, Columbia and Central America.
The Dicksons returned to the United States in 2010 and entered a new ministry with Bro. David serving as a field consultant for Latin America to provide mentorship, training and encouragement to BMAA national missionaries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean.
The Dicksons make their home in Magnolia, Arkansas where they are members of First Baptist Church. In addition to their four children, they have seven grandchildren.
The $6.7 million residence hall will be three stories with design elements that include: generous main lobby space on the ground floor for student games, lounging, and group study; a covered main porch entry area, Resident Director Apartments, study tables and chairs, lounges on each floor, patio space, private bathrooms, and exterior plaza space for students to congregate.
A financial commitment of $6,000,000 from Max and Debbie Story of Magnolia, Ark. is funding the vast majority of the cost of the new residence hall. The design and construction team is comprised of Sowell Architects, Inc. of Conway and Clark Contractors, LLC of Little Rock.
Dickson Hall is the third of ten major construction projects called for in the institution’s Vision 2020: A Miracle in the Making capital fundraising campaign. According to CBC President Terry Kimbrow, “The Story’s have been instrumental in the success of the first two projects in Vision 2020. They gave a lead gift toward the construction of the David T. Watkins Academic Building which opened two years ago, named in honor of their long-time pastor and friend, Bro. David Watkins. They helped fund the new Story Library, which opened its doors in January 2014 and bears their name.”
Max and Debbie are known for being extremely “missions minded,” and have funded numerous projects. The decision to honor David and Shelley Dickson is an appropriate tribute. “They have never sought recognition for any of their giving or even requested naming rights,” commented Kimbrow. “However, I think it serves as a fitting tribute to one of the most generous-hearted couples I have ever met, and is an encouragement to other potential contributors.” At the dedication of the Library, Mr. Story said, “I believe God blesses us to be a blessing to others.”
The date and time for the official dedication of Dickson Hall is tentatively set for later in the fall after the students have moved in and classes are in full swing.
Central Baptist College is a four-year liberal arts institution located in Conway, Ark. It was founded in 1952 by the Baptist Missionary Association of Arkansas, and began with twelve students and a faculty of five. The College now offers over 50 majors with an enrollment of over 800 students. For more information on Central Baptist College or “Vision 2020: A Miracle in the Making capital campaign, go to cbc.edu.
CBC Breaks Ground and Unveils Plans on New Residence Hall
Ground has been broken on a 150-bed residence hall on the south end of the Central Baptist College campus. The new residence hall, to be built facing west on Conway Boulevard, will be the first student housing project to be conducted on the CBC campus in 49 years. The project was made possible by a lead gift from Max and Debbie Story from Magnolia, Ark.
The $6.7 million residence hall will be three stories with design elements that include: generous main lobby space on the ground floor for student games, lounging, movies and group study; a covered main porch entry area, Resident Director apartments, study tables and chairs, lounges on each floor, patio space, private bathrooms, and exterior plaza space for students to congregate.
The design and construction team is comprised of Sowell Architects, Inc. of Conway and Clark Contractors, LLC of Little Rock and is schedule to be completed by August 2014.
According to Liz Hamilton with Sowell Architects, Inc., “The east side of the building along Conway Boulevard will boast a lawn and neighborhood courtyard. By maintaining the majesty of the old trees in Conway and providing new gathering areas for students, we hope to enhance the streetscape of the neighborhood and give the students a relaxing place to live.”
The new residence hall is the third major project of ten to be funded by a capital fundraising campaign entitled “Vision 2020: A Miracle in the Making.” CBC President Terry Kimbrow explained, “Vision 2020 is a plan to complete 10 major projects in 10 years to accommodate an enrollment of 2020 students.” The campaign was publically launched in January of 2011 and has exceeded $16 million in contributions.
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Central Baptist College is a four-year liberal arts institution with an enrollment of over 800. For more information on CBC or “Vision 2020: A Miracle in the Making,” go to cbc.edu