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Breland comes off the road with 4M miles, 47 nations

MOBILE, Ala. (BP) -- When Roger Breland took the first step down the road toward a career in Christian music, he had no idea what a remarkable journey it would be. In 47 years, he traveled more than 4 million miles across 47 countries, presented over 12,000 concerts and produced 100 albums. His 31 years with TRUTH, among the first widely successful contemporary Christian groups, helped launch the careers of artists such as Avalon and 4Him.

UMobile taps Timothy L. Smith as president

MOBILE, Ala. (BP) -- Trustees of the University of Mobile have selected Timothy L. Smith as the fourth president its 54-year history. Smith, 52, is provost of Anderson University in South Carolina. Previously, he was dean of Union University's school of nursing in Tennessee where he oversaw a 79 percent expansion in enrollment and founded the Center for Excellence in Healthcare Practice that included a nurse residency program for five hospitals. ...

Foley to retire as Univ. of Mobile president

MOBILE, Ala. (BP) -- Mark Foley, president of the University of Mobile, has announced he will retire in 2016 after more than 17 years as head of the Baptist-affiliated college. Foley, 65, announced his retirement during the Oct. 8 meeting of the university's trustees.

UMobile launches 8Eighty Records

MOBILE, Ala. (BP) -- The University of Mobile has announced the launch of its own record label, 8Eighty Records, with a live worship album as its first release.

Condoleezza Rice voices faith & optimism

MOBILE, Ala. (BP) — Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told University of Mobile students that her Christian faith is inseparable from the decisions she makes and is the source of her optimism in the face of difficulties. Rice addressed 400-plus students in a question-and-answer session prior to being the featured speaker at the university’s […]

George W. Bush visits U. of Mobile

MOBILE, Ala. (BP)–George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, spoke on faith and leadership Oct. 7 at the sixth annual University of Mobile Leadership Banquet. Bush discussed “Faith in the Office” during the event, which raised nearly $400,000 for the University of Mobile scholarship fund. The former president praised the Baptist university, […]

Prayer thrust launched by Baptist univ.

MOBILE, Ala. (BP)–What would happen if Christians throughout the nation united to pray for a transformed America that recognizes and honors God? A prayer initiative led by the University of Mobile aims to find out. The Baptist university is calling Christians to pray for and work toward a national spiritual and cultural transformation during the […]

Collegians point to Christ in Europe

MOBILE, Ala. (BP)–Imagine a world where God doesn’t matter, salvation is irrelevant and the simple act of praying before a meal is something done only in the privacy of a home. That world is closer than people think, University of Mobile campus minister Neal Ledbetter said. “We are living in an increasingly post-Christian culture,” he […]

12-foot cross now beckons collegians

MOBILE, Ala. (BP)--Each time the two men approached the metal cross with their welding torch, they prayed. Then the hot hiss of flame searing steel would break the silence, shaping delicate leaves and melding clinging vines to the cross.

Univ. of Mobile grad stars in ‘Fireproof’

ALBANY, Ga. (BP)--A siren wailed in the background as a fire truck raced toward a house ablaze, but Erin Bethea's voice was calm.