Chris Shoemaker

Chris Shoemaker

Chris Shoemaker is director of marketing and public relations at Bluefield (Va.) College.

The school’s president earlier had announced plans to take a position at a South Carolina university.

The initiative aims to provide a pathway to quality higher education for students in central Appalachia.

Bluefield College program also has “trickle-down effect,” say organizers.

Now retired, Bill Tuck recalls multiple pastorates, academic distinctions and almost 30 books.

After gigs in radio and professional wrestling, Dave Ebert, a graduate of Baptist-affiliated Bluefield College, found his purpose on stage.