Second annual Rhea County Evening with Bryan kicks off 2015

January 29, 2015

January 29, 2015 — The Rhea County Evening with Bryan dinner on January 13 opened up another exciting and hopeful year for the Bryan Scholarship Fund as 110 attendees came, eager to use their time, talent, and treasure to provide a quality education for potential Bryan college students.

Evening With BryanFrom 2013 to 2014 the Bryan Scholarship Fund has grown from $461,007 to $524,079 through a concerted effort to draw attention to the need for scholarships. The Rhea County dinner specifically supports the Rhea County Scholarship. “This is about people,” explained Bryan Scholarship Fund Director David Holcomb, “our community coming together to see the vision of students being educated in a godly environment and trained educationally and spiritually.”

Keynote speak at this dinner was Jerry Levengood, Rhea County’s Director of Schools, who graduated from Bryan in 1976 and whose grandfather A.J. Levengood founded local Cumberland Springs Bible Camp. “We do not need to ask for God’s will for our lives — we need to seek God’s working every day of our lives,” said Levengood. He continued that the only reason many local students can enroll at Bryan, “and that reason is because of the Rhea County Scholarship. It bridges the gap, and it finds a way.”

Generously sponsored by 1st Bank of Tennessee and hosted by the Rhea County region volunteers Paul Ardelean, Rick Farney, Ralph Green, Chris Horton, Lebron Purser, and Nate Snyder, the January 13 dinner was the sixth Evening with Bryan. It marked the beginning of the second full cycle of Evening with Bryan scholarship events, with 11 more to come this year. The annual Rhea County dinner has a much larger scope than simply raising awareness and scholarship funds: it celebrates and strengthens the vital relationship between Bryan College and the Rhea County community.

“We want to be a resource to this community that they’re proud of,” noted Holcomb. “Evening with Bryan is a way for us to share what’s happening, and we want Rhea County to be proud of what they have right here.”

Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ‘13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206;