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rev. dr. charles allen stillman

A look back at Stillman College’s nearly 150 years of faithful service

What gives someone the will to do what is right in the face of possible death threats, intimidation or loss of comfort? One could offer it’s the power of the Holy Spirit, and yet following the nudge of the Spirit is still a choice. In the postbellum South, a Presbyterian minister recognized an opportunity to educate Black men and prepare them for ministry. This conviction took him all the way to the 1875 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, which voted to authorize the inception of the Tuscaloosa Institute.  The Rev. Dr. Charles Allen Stillman’s legacy is deeply rooted and connected to the history of what is now known as Stillman College.

When home is a world away

At first, nothing about Stillman College reminded Johnykqua Bevans and Rayondre Roberts of their home on the tropical island of Grand Bahama: not Alabama, not the food, not their classmates and not the as-yet unfamiliar Presbyterian tradition in which the college is steeped. But then there was the choir.

A leap of faith leads to divine intervention

2015 was supposed to be a big year for Rose Bryant, with positive changes for her and her son. It ended up being just that — but not like she expected, and it all began with disappointment.