Chuck Baker to Retire; David Holcomb Named Vice President of Advancement and Communication

Chuck Baker has announced that he is retiring from his role as Vice President for Advancement effective April 1, 2020. Chuck Baker has been serving in this role at Bryan for the past four years after retiring from successful executive roles at Unum and as President of Bethel Bible Village. Under Chuck’s leadership, the Advancement department has enhanced the Giving Tuesday/Gifts for the King annual fundraising efforts. His strength in leadership has been most apparent in his ability to make all of his staff better in each of their given areas. He will be greatly missed. Thankfully, Chuck has also agreed to remain available through this transition as well as provide executive consulting to David Holcomb as he assumes new responsibilities. Chuck’s coming to Bryan was all in God’s providence, and we have been truly blessed with his godly servant spirit and excellence in leading our Advancement team. His counsel and wisdom have been a wonderful blessing to Bryan College, and all of us will miss him.

As we step forward, David Holcomb has accepted the new role of Vice President of Advancement and Communication. David Holcomb has served at Bryan as the Director of the Scholarship Fund since 2012 and was the founder and director of the Martial Arts Academy at Bryan since 2016 and founder of the Evening with Bryan events held throughout the country. David Holcomb is a ‘94 graduate of Bryan College and spent the majority of his earlier career in executive leadership roles in nonprofit and for profit organizations in the St. Louis area. David is excited about this opportunity to build on the strength of leadership and the legacy of Bryan College. David’s energy, innovation, expertise, and experience has significantly enhanced the Advancement team mission. He will do a superb job leading the Advancement and Communication areas.

In addition, Janice Pendergrass has been promoted to Associate Vice President of Advancement and Event Planning. Janice has served at Bryan since 2001 in various roles in the advancement department at Bryan. We are pleased that Janice has accepted this new role. Her development and coordination of the quarterly requests for the Bryan Scholarship Fund letter have helped enhance donations to Bryan. In addition she currently has direct supervision of all members of the Advancement team with the exception of the Vice President. Janice has also been instrumental in the coordination and implementation of the annual Bryan Opportunity Dinner that is in its 12th year. All the work that Janice does is consistently excellent, and I am excited for her as she takes on additional responsibility that will benefit the College.

We are pleased to announce that Zak Barnes, current assistant Director, has agreed to become the Director of the Martial Arts Academy along with David Holcomb and Scott Shamblin as the Team Advisors. In addition, the team has promoted Seth Hill, 3rd degree to Senior Instructor, and four other upper classmates to the roles of captain in four areas: spiritual, recruitment, stand up training and ground training. The Martial Arts program will continue to grow with these four strategic goals as the foundation for martial arts at Bryan College.

Bryan College 2018 Giving Tuesday a huge success

November 30, 2018 – For three years, Bryan College has participated in the global giving event called Giving Tuesday. The 2018 event was the most successful Giving Tuesday campaign at Bryan College to date. This year’s campaign was an extension of the college’s annual Gifts for the King fundraiser benefiting the Bryan College Scholarship Fund.

The success began early with preliminary donations in the weeks leading up to the event totaling $30,000. The momentum continued on Giving Tuesday. The college set a goal of raising $15,000 the day of the event. A generous donor committed to matching up to $15,000, providing potential for another $30,000 to be raised.

The match offer proved motivational, and early in the day the campaign had already surpassed the $8,500 mark. By lunch time, donors had stepped up to surpass the initial $15,000 goal securing the entire match commitment and bringing the campaign total to just over $61,000.

This year, students made a huge impact on the campaign. Students readily dropped cash donations at a table set up by the Advancement Department, knowing their contribution would directly benefit other students through scholarships.

A record number of donors also contributed this year, and at the end of the day the total left the college in awe. Thanks to students, alumni, friends, faculty and staff, $73,100 were raised for student scholarships.

The college is grateful for all those who donated, prayed and worked very hard to make this campaign so successful.

AmazonSmile Foundation Benefits Bryan College Students

October 12, 2017 – The AmazonSmile Foundation has partnered with Bryan College since 2015 to benefit the students of the college – at no additional cost to the purchaser! According to Amazon’s website, “AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.” This includes Bryan College!

The website goes on to point out, “Every item available for purchase on is also available on AmazonSmile ( at the same price. You will see eligible products marked ‘Eligible for AmazonSmile donation’ on their product detail pages.”

Signing up is easy:

  • Visit on your computer or mobile device
  • Select Bryan College as your chosen charitable organization before shopping
  • Shop for all your Amazon purchases

“Benefiting the students at Bryan College has never been so simple,” remarked Director of Advancement Janice Pendergrass. “We are thankful to be able to partner with the AmazonSmile Foundation and hope you sign up today, just in time for holiday shopping!”

Written by Chloe Ann Townsend ’13, advancement writer and editor.