Florida College granted tenure to Dr. Nathan Ward and Dr. Gary Wilemon based on their excellence in teaching, continued professional growth, appropriate academic credentials and service to the college. A ceremony and reception was held to honor the newly tenured faculty members following the daily chapel assembly on Tuesday, April 4.

Dr. Nathan Ward

After earning a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of South Florida in 2001, Ward began working for Florida College’s development office while continuing his education with a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Florida College. By 2009, he earned a master’s degree from Liberty University and started teaching at Florida College as an adjunct professor in Bible. Following his hiring as a full-time professor in 2011, he began working toward a doctorate degree in theological exegesis at Knox Theological Seminary. He graduated summa cum laude with that degree last spring and was awarded the Most Outstanding Work in Doctoral Research and Ministry Award. Ward’s broadly respected dissertation on the book of Esther led to the publication of “God Unseen: A Theological Introduction to Esther.” He is the editor of several works, including “Beneath the Cross: Essays and Reflections on the Lord’s Supper,” and has authored several additional works, including “The Growth of the Seed: Notes on the Book of Genesis” and “Daybreak: A Guide to Overcoming Temptation.”

In addition to his role as a professor, Ward is an evangelist at the 58th Street Church of Christ and is also currently working toward a second master’s degree in Christian apologetics from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is slated to graduate in May.

Dr. Gary Wilemon

Wilemon came to serve at Florida College in 2011 after two careers: one in physical science and one in preaching the Gospel. From 1980 to 1996, Wilemon was a research chemist, physical scientist and staff engineer, primarily with the U.S. Bureau of Mines. During that time, he worked to help assure the availability of metals and minerals for domestic needs, developed research proposals, and wrote dozens of articles for professional journals, including “Identification of a Barrier Layer Formed on Apatite during H2So4-Methanol Leaching.” His professional work came as a result of earning a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Montevallo in 1974 and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Alabama in 1980. There he received the chemistry department’s award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching and Research. Following his distinguished work in the sciences, Wilemon served as a full-time preacher from 1996 to 2011 in Birmingham, Alabama, Tomball, Texas; and Stone Mountain, Georgia.

As a professor in the math and science department, Wilemon teaches courses in general and organic chemistry to prepare students in the liberal studies program for rigorous graduate work and productive careers. He currently works and worships with the Antioch Church of Christ.

Congratulations to Dr. Nathan Ward and Dr. Gary Wilemon on being granted tenure for outstanding service to Florida College!