Learn About the Speakers

President Charles Pollard

John Brown University

Dr. Chip Pollard has been the president of John Brown University since July 2004. He received his undergraduate degree in English from Wheaton College, a law degree from Harvard Law School, a master’s degree in English from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia. Dr. Pollard came to JBU from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he taught of English teaching primarily world and 20th-century literature. In addition to his teaching and scholarship, Dr. Pollard has also practiced law as a corporate and tax associate for Latham & Watkins in Chicago, Illinois. Under Dr. Pollard’s leadership, the university has completed the Keeping Faith Capital Campaign, receiving over $118 million in gifts. Through the blessings of God and his people, the campaign finished a year earlier than expected and $18 million over its original goal. The gifts to the campaign funded annual operating support, new endowed scholarships and programs, and the construction of several new facilities and the renovation of others. Nearly 70% of JBU’s campus buildings are new or completely renovated in the last 12 years. Dr. Pollard also teaches in the undergraduate program on a regular basis and is a frequent speaker in chapel and other venues. Dr. Pollard currently serves as Chairman on the board of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities and also serves on the community board for Arvest Bank in Siloam Springs. He and his wife, Carey, have four children, Chad, Benjamin(deceased), Emma, and James. They are actively involved in First Presbyterian Church of Siloam Springs.

Mrs. Carey Pollard

John Brown University

Carey Pollard is in her fifteenth year serving as ‘first lady” of JBU. She partners with Chip in a variety of Advancement activities as well as hosting events in their home, typically over 40 different events a year for 1200-1400 people. She is actively involved in campus life, particularly in chapel, the arts and athletic events. She has taught early elementary age Sunday school classes at First Presbyterian Church for over 10 years. She received her BA in Art from Wheaton College. The first part of her life was as homemaker and mother of four children: Chad who is a lawyer married to Anna, and they are proud parents of Audrey, the Pollard’s first grandchild; Ben who passed away in 2011; Emma who is seventh grade English teacher married to David; and James who is senior, engineering major at JBU and married to Annika also a senior, engineering major at JBU. Carey and Chip have been married for 34 years.

Jasmine Bayliss

Lucas Christian Academy, Lucas, TX

Jasmine’s family has been part of the Lucas Christian Academy community for eight years. She served on the board for the last five years, including two years spearheading the capital campaign. She never imagined that she would be a Head of School, but God in His love often calls us to where we think we do not want to go. In obedience she said “yes” because He is the path of life and the fullness of joy. She is honored to serve as the interim Head of School for Lucas Christian Academy.

Neil Childs

Temple Christian School, Fort Worth, TX

Neil Childs is in his 6th year as headmaster at Fort Worth Temple Christian School.  He has been in Christian education for 22 years, all at TCS.  In that time he has been classroom teacher, coach, and principal.  He currently serves on the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Leadership Advisory Council as well and as an associate pastor for Temple Baptist Church.

Bill McGee

Legacy Christian Academy, Frisco, TX 

Bill McGee is in his second year as head of school for Legacy Christian Academy in Frisco, TX.  He joined the Legacy community after completing eight years as head of school at Hill Country Christian School of Austin, Texas.  He has 37 years of experience as a classroom teacher, coach, and administrator, including 27 years as head of four independent schools in Texas, Mississippi, and Tennessee and ten years as a teacher, coach, and principal in the Texas public school system.

Dr. Rod Reed

John Brown University

Dr. Rod Reed has served as University Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual Formation at Fresno Pacific University in California from 1997-2008 and at John Brown University in Arkansas from 2008-present. He was also the Chair of the Campus Ministries Commission for the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities from 2005-2009, and has conducted assessments of spiritual formation programs at nearly 25 Christian universities across the country. Dr. Reed earned his PhD from the University of Bristol in England, and his research focused on culture of spiritual formation in American higher education. He is also one of the editors and contributors to the book, Building a Cultural of Faith: Campus-wide Partnership for Spiritual Formation (2012).

Mike Gregory

Tower Grove Christian Academy, Saint Louis, MO (tentative)


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