The Torch of Truth - Southland Bible Institute

The Torch of Truth
A publication of
Southland Bible Institute and Camp Evangel
238 W. Southland Drive
Ashland, KY 41102
Design by Dr. Delma Lowery
Volume I, Number 1
Summer 2013
“. . . Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth
unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark
for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus”
Philippians 3:13
Southland Bible Institute started over 70 years ago to meet a specific
need. Christian workers in this area believed that a Bible Institute was
needed to train those who had been reached with the Gospel so that
they, in turn, could reach others. The original campus was located 17
miles southeast of Pikeville, KY at Wolfpit with a full-time training program geared to training dedicated men and women to be workers for
Christ both at home and abroad. Some of those Christian workers belonged to a ministry called Southern Highland Evangel. It was started
in 1932 at Biggs, KY, just a few miles from the original Southland campus, with missionaries visiting
schools, starting Sunday schools, and starting a camp ministry to reach the children of rural Appalachia. The camp later moved to Pounding Mill, VA, but the original church is still located in Pike Co.,
called Justiceville Bible Baptist Church, and is currently pastored by a Southland alumnus. Over the
years, both ministries have worked closely together and have the same doctrinal and philosophical
positions. In today’s world, smaller mission organizations are struggling with the rising cost of administration and with replacing those faithful servants who have spent their lives serving the Lord.
This became the case recently with Southern Highland Evangel and their board of directors began
to search and pray for a workable solution. In order to lower costs and to avoid duplicating administrative tasks, they asked Southland Bible Institute to become the head of Camp Evangel and Southern Highland Evangel was dissolved this year. It is a natural fit
between two ministries with the same focus and goals. We can
reach the campers with the gospel and then provide those who
desire to learn more with “Training that Prepares for Service.”
Please continue to pray as we go through this transition that the
Lord will provide much needed workers for both ministries, as
well as the support they need to be effective workers for Him.
Pray for the finances needed to support the day to day work of
each ministry as we are “reaching forth” each day to serve Christ.
Meet our Missionaries
Dr. Arnold Adams has been president since 1991 and now has the added responsibility of camp director.
His wife, Phyllis, is Academic Dean, president of Ladies Auxiliary, and works in the office and bookstore.
Miss Roberta Frye teaches CE classes, but is currently undergoing cancer treatments and is in much need
of prayer.
Mrs. Cheryl Johnson has been with the school since 1991, and returned as Finance Administrator and office manager this year after a 5 year hiatus, and still needs to raise needed support.
Mr. Randall Noe, a 2009 graduate, has stayed around to teach and takes care of the library. He also needs
to raise support to reach the minimum required so he can quit his two part time jobs.
Miss Jean Potter has been with the school for many years. She teaches and helps in the office.
Mr. & Mrs. Bob Regan, Jr. and their family are currently raising support to join us. We are praying the Lord
will bring them to us this fall to teach and to be in charge of our music department.
Mr. Gary Salyers, a 1997 graduate, wears many hats and you may find him in the kitchen, office, teaching,
or doing maintenance. He is also our purchasing agent.
Mr. Rick Anderson, a 2000 graduate, pastors Calvary Bible Baptist Church in Pikeville, KY, and teaches
one day a week. He also serves on the Board of Directors.
Rev. Bob Browning is a retired pastor from Huntington, WV and teaches Bible classes.
Mr. Les Frasure, a 1984 graduate, recently earned his bachelor’s degree from Tri State Bible College and
teaches Bible and pastoral classes.
Rev. Tim Wright pastors Little Sandy Baptist Church, works full time and teaches two nights a week.
Rev. & Mrs. Carl Tegeler joined SHE in 1954, was director for many years, founded Claypool Hill Bible
Church and still pastors there.
Karen Gross has been a part of SHE since she graduated from SBI in 1974. She married Ken in 1986 and
he joined SHE in 1987. Besides their work at Camp, Karen has a school visitation program and they are
both active in their local church.
Rev. & Mrs. Bill Snodgrass joined SHE in 1956 and have been active workers at camp since. They have
also pastored First Baptist Church of Varney since 1964.
Miss Holly Haynes came from MI in 1969 and had Bible classes in the public schools and worked at camp
among other ministries. She returned to MI to care for her mother, but will be working at Camp this summer.
Miss Carol Warren has been associated with SHE for many years, and rejoined the mission full time in
1996. She teaches after school Bible clubs during the winter months and works at camp during the summers.
While our RETIREES, Mrs. Donna Compton, Miss Margaret Korta,, Miss Margaret Denison, Miss Bernetta
Burton, are no longer an active part of the mission, their faithfulness over many years cannot go unmentioned. These faithful servants of the Lord have given their lives to this ministry and have been an integral
part of the work that still goes on.
All of our full time workers raise missionary support to be here. If you would be interested in joining
the support team of one of them, please fill out the form on the next page & send it with your check.
Showers of Blessing
“A faithful man shall abound with blessings;
but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.”
Proverbs 28:20
Joshua Dale Dyer — Huntington, WV—Bible/Christian Education
Josh came to Southland following in his dad’s footsteps. His dad,
Herbert Dryer, graduated in 2011 and had a very positive influence on Josh’s life. In his graduation
speech, Josh mentioned lessons learned while at Southland under various instructors, but credited
his father with being the biggest influence in his life and under whom he learned the most.
Josh has been a faithful student and a joy to have at Southland. He was an honor student, and
has helped in so many other areas to accomplish tasks that needed to be done. Josh is planning on
spending the summer as head counselor at Camp Evangel before furthering his education to pursue
a teaching degree.
STYLE 2013
STYLE is an intensive week on the Southland
campus for high school students. It is meant not
only to challenge them toward spiritual growth and
Biblical knowledge, but also to give them a sample
of college life. It is a time for them to meet other
Christian teens while learning more about the Lord!
Spiritually Training Youth
for Life’s encounters
Please credit my gift to Southland Bible Institute/Camp Evangel as follows:
_______ SBI general fund
________ Student Aid Fund
_______ Camp general fund
________ Missionary Support for
_______ Summer workers fund
_______ Other ____________________________________________________________
Name _______________________________________________________________________
Address _____________________________________________________________________
Make checks payable to Southland Bible Institute—Thank You!
(Please use the designations above and do not write the name of missionary on check)
238 W. Southland Dr.
Ashland, KY 41102
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Be watching for our next newsletter for the Summer Camp Report and pictures or go to to check out what’s going on. Our Southland website is still “undergoing
construction” but has a few items on it. You can check it out at
The Ladies Auxiliary is currently raising money to help replace worn out carpet in our buildings.
They still have some cookbooks to sell, as well as RADA cutlery that you can order.
They are also planning a yard sale on the Southland campus, August 2 & 3.
If you would like to donate items for this, please call the office at 606-928-5127 to
arrange for a time to drop them off.
Rev. Earl Sammons, Chairman
Rev. Ken Leedy, Vice Chariman
Mr. Roy Hodson, Secretary
Rev. Arnold Adams, President
Mr. Ricky Anderson
Rev. Larry Burkholder
Rev. Tim Compton
Mr. Oscar Green
Rev. Doug McCaleb
Rev. Harry Ramsey
Rev. William Snodgrass
Rev. Wayne Stephenson
The Torch of Truth is published by Southland Bible Institute, Inc. and is mailed free to all who request it.
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