The 44th CCU of SC Spring      Commencement Convocation
             June 2022



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CCU Calendar of Events, Class Sessions and Holidays for Academic Year 2022/2023


 Sept. 15: Orientation Students

 Sept. 19: Classes Begin

 Nov. 8: Election Day- CLOSED

 Nov. 11: Veteran's Day- CLOSED

 Nov 21-25: Happy Thanksgiving- CLOSED

 Nov. 28: Classes In Session

 Dec. 21, 2022 -Jan. 4, 2023: Winter Break

Happy Holidays




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Oct. 7,  and Nov. 4, 2022

ABHE Preparation Meeting/ Break Out Sessions/ Working Groups and ABHE Mock Review  and Departmental Updates.

Oct. 1,

CCU of SC Board Meeting at  9:30 a.m location to be announced.


Oct. 13,


The Accreditation Journey

ABHE Visitation- October 2022: One Day Visitation from ABHE Representative

 Dr. Ron Kroll

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Woman of the Year 2022: Miss Carolyn Brown

     Miss Carolyn Brown was born October 24, 1967, in Queens, New York, South Ozone Park.  Her parents are Mrs. Susie Brown and the late Benjamin Brown, Sr.  She attended the public school system in N.Y. and moved to Columbia in June 1975, attended Hyatt Park Elementary, WA Perry Middle School and CA Johnson High School.  She graduated in June 1985.  While in high school, she received her Nursing Aide Certificate from Lynhaven Career Center.  She attended North Greenville College, Midlands Technical College, and Columbia College.

     She has worked in the SC State government buildings since 1999, becoming a state employee at Peba on March 19, 2018.

     She is a chartered member of Greater Faith United Missionary Baptist Church, where she has served as Sunday School Secretary for more than 30 years.  She has served her church as a member of the musical choir, the Financial Committee, and Women of Destiny.

     She is part of the Kitchen Committee, has done record keeping for Vacation Bible School and helped with snacks.  Added to her list of services, the Youth Department of Greater Faith UMB Church.

     Carolyn has one brother, and one sister.  She loves reading, movies, and going to new places.

     Carolyn Brown's benevolent work also included working with the Pastor Aide's Ministry. As with Christ, Miss Carolyn Brown believes that she is to serve rather than to be served.  


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Mrs. Sallie Bell (Montgomery) Suber

Womanary of the Year 2022

** Womanary is a woman who nurtures

and desires to grow to the full measure of Christian faith while fulfilling her 

commitment to family, church, and career.


132 Monteith Street

Columbia, South Carolina 29203

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FALL 2022!


Empowering Believers to Live Victorious Lives in Jesus Christ!


.  Because of COVID-19, CCU of SC will serve you through the online or person-to-person instruction.  Central Christian University of South Carolina offers full range of affordable ecclesiastical Degree Programs: Certificate, Diploma, Associate, Bachelor, and Christian Counseling

Classes start September 2022

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Deacon Rufus Stover
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Happy 29th Pastoral Anniversary

October 23, 2022

 29 years of preaching, teaching, leading, guiding, supporting and loving the members of Greater Faith and the community. We thank God for Pastor Graham and 1st Lady Betty Graham!



CCU of SC Special Recognitions of Philanthropic Services


Honorary Doctorate: Christian Humanitarian Services and Commencement Speaker

 Councilman Edward H. McDowell, Jr.

       When Ed McDowell landed in Columbia after     retiring, he immediately got involved in his       community, which at the time was slowly transitioning from a community of vacant and abandoned homes, drugs, and other criminal activity to a very diverse community of families, singles, homeowners, and renters.  This grassroots activist currently lives in the Historic Waverly community located in District II.

      A tireless servant of the church and the community, McDowell served as president of the Historic Waverly Neighborhood Association, member of the Board of Directors of the Benedict Allen Community Development Corporation and was a previously Board of Trustee member at Columbia College and resident of Big Brothers and Big Sisters in Columbia.  His diverse experience also led to his appointment to the Racial and Reconciliation Committee and the SC Conference Council on Finance and Administration.

     Councilman Ed McDowell is a champion for building neighborhoods, safe streets, economic development, substantial jobs, and providing constituent service. He is a listener, a community advocate, and a friend.

     Councilman Ed McDowell and his wife Jeannie reside in the Historic Waverly Community and have three children and seven grandchildren.


Honorary Doctorate: Christian Humanitarian Services

Deacon Rufus Stover 

       Deacon Rufus Stover's first profession is that he is a son of God who is not ashamed to live a life before mankind that represents the grace of Christ.  He is a soft-spoken person, with a gentle demeanor, and a seriousness about his commitment to work.

       Deacon Stover has served CCU of SC as its Chief Financial Officer since 2016 and the Director of Finance for the Greater Faith United Missionary Baptist Church since 2017 respectively.  Deacon Stover currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Deacon Ministry, a member of the Men's Chorus, and a faithful student and steward of Christ.  Together, he and his wife are the founders of the RAM Foundation, a non-profit organization that hosts The RAM Foundation's Reading, Arts, Mathematics FREE Summer Enrichment Program for six weeks for children throughout the city of Columbia.

          He is married to Dr. Mary Othella (Suber) Stover- a union of 51 years as of August 7, 2022.  From that union, God has blessed them with 3 adult children who added to the family 2 daughters-in-law, one son-in-law, and 6 grandchildren. 

          Deacon Stover believes "This to whom much is given; much is required" as is exemplified by is dedicated services to CCU of SC and the community.  


Teacher of the Year 2022

Dr. Gloria Watkins

     Dr. Gloria Gilmore Watkins, born and raised in Columbia, SC, graduated from CA Johnson High School.  She received a bachelor's degree from the University of South Carolina and attended graduate classes at Columbia International University and Liberty University.  She also, has earned from Light University a degree in Christian Counseling, AACC. 

     Dr. Watkins holds a Doctorate in Christian Counseling from CCU of SC. She also attended the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling, which led to her being licensed under the National Association of Christian Counselors (NACC).

     Dr. Watkins is currently employed as Dean of the Christian Counseling Department at CCU of SC.

      Her favorite scripture comes from Ephesians 3:20: Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21: to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and forever, Amen.


Womanary of the Year 2022

Mrs. Sallie Bell (Montogomery) Suber

      Mrs. Sallie Bell (Montogomery) Suber- married to the late Stewart Dorsey Suber, Sr. for 57 years- is the mother of 6 children, 21 grandchildren, 51 great grandchildren, and 40 great, great grandchildren which makes her the matriarch of 118 persons.  She is the oldest living relative of her husband's and her family.  

     Growing up in Union County, SC and Laurens County, SC, she spent most of her life in the small town of Mountville, SC of Laurens County, where she and her husband raised 6 children to adulthood.  Believing during the plights and the Civil Rights Movements of the 50s and the 60s that their children must achieve greater independence, they not only encouraged faith in God and education, but also insisted that they respect and accomplish the expectations placed before them.  

     Mrs. Suber always insisted that Jesus Christ is her Savior and Lord and strongly advocated that her children practiced biblical principles from their birth to adulthood the same Christian assertions of faith. As a member of the choir, until her health failed, she was an active worshipper at Zion Hill Baptist Church, Cross Hill, SC.

    On Mrs. Sallie Bell (Montogomery) Suber's, mother of our Vice President/ Academic Dean, Dr. Mary O. Stover, 100th Birthday, the Board of Directors, Administration, Faculty, Staff and Students; and the Pastor and Membership of Greater Faith UMB Church commend and honor Mrs. Sallie Bell (Montogomery) Suber on her Centennial Birthday as Womanary of the Year!


The Man of The Year 2022

Rev. Dr. Malachi Simmons

     Rev. Dr. Malachi Simmons, Sr. was born on September 6, 1944, to James Sr. and Geneva Jenkins Simmons; the 5th of 7 children. Raised in North Charleston, SC, he attended Charleston County Schools. He is married to his lovely wife, Lucretia for 45 years.  They have four children. In August 1965, he joined the US Army for two years, where he received the ranks of Specialist 4 (E-4) and a GED. 

     In August 1967, he returned to a job previously held at Westvaco's Paper Mill, there he was selected to enter a four-year apprenticeship program as an outside machinist. Successfully, completing training in June 1972, he became an outside machinist journeyman. 

     Dr. Simmons served four years in the U.S. Army Reserves, four years in The S.C. National Guard and graduated from the S.C. National Guard Non-Commissioned Officer's Academy.  In 1981 he joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves and later was hired as an Active Reserve Technician (ART). He attended the U.S. Air Force Academy and was promoted to the Wl-10 (Work Leader) and was also promoted to Master Sergeant (E-7).

     Retired from the military duty in September 2004 with 33 years of service and from civil service in September 2006 with 20 years of service, he received the outstanding student award after graduating from SC Law Enforcement Academy in Columbia, SC in September 2013. He worked as a "Corrections Officer" and retired from the North Charleston Police Department with 5 years of service in October 2015.

     He earned the Doctoral Degree in Pastoral Ministry from CCU of SC in Beaufort, SC, served as Pastor of Samaritan Baptist Church in Bennett's Point, SC and founder of and presently the Pastor of Sinner's Union Independent Baptist Church in North Charleston.  Dr. Simmons attended Pastoral Care School and served for 5 years as a Stephen Minister at Trident Medical Center in North Charleston.

     Rev. Dr. Malachi Simmons believes in "CIP" (Continuous Improvement Process); "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (II Tim. 2:15) He is attending Trident Technical College, studying Human Services to better equip to serve God's people. Dr. Simmons is a dedicated member of CCU of SC Board of Directors.

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Dr. Gloria Watkins: Teacher of the Year 2022

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Councilman Edward H. McDowell, Jr.

Honorary Doctorate: Christian Humanitarian Services

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Woman of the year 2022: Mrs. Brenda Deloris (Woods) Richardson

     Currently, she is the volunteer Library and Resources Assistant of Central Christian University of South Carolina for almost 2 years.  Mrs. Brenda Deloris (Woods) Richardson grew up from humble beginnings in the Valley Park Community of Columbia, SC.  She is the 8th child of 16 children born to the late Deacon Edmond Willie Woods and the late Deaconess Virginia (Durant) Woods.

     Mrs. Richardson and her husband- Larry Richardson have 2 children.  Mrs. Richardson is a graduate of Dreher High School and a 2009 graduate of Midlands Technical College in Early Childhood Development.

     Mrs. Richardson has a temperament for service.  She worked 8 years with the SC Department of Mental Health from Food Services to the Nurses Unit, as a Unit Clerk.  Additionally, she was employed with the Woodfield Enrichment Center, Childcare and Afterschool Facility, for 22 years as the Lead Teacher from which she retired on April 18, 2019.

     Her benevolence and Christian experiences have led her to the youth choir, the Messenger Choir, the Sanctuary Choir, and the Jubilee Choirs of Friendship Baptist Church and First Nazareth Baptist Church of Columbia, SC,

    Her services to CCU of SC include managing the library during operational hours, assisting the executive assistant and the vice president, and student affairs.  Mrs. Richardson was also instrumental in creating a courtesy committee to recognize birthdays and holidays with the Executive Cabinet of CCU of SC.

     Further, she has volunteered with the RAM Foundation, whose anchor program is a free Reading, Arts, Mathematics Summer Enrichment Program for 6 weeks.

     Mrs. Brenda Richardson is motivated by love because "God is Love."

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The Man of the Year 2022: Rev. Dr. Malachi Simmons

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