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Retired Pastor Donates Books in Honor of Dora Spiva


Cleveland, GA (October 11, 2010) -Rev. Charles R. Stillwell, retired pastor, donated 1,137 books from his personal library to the Truett-McConnell Library on Friday, October 8.

 Rev. Stillwell decided to donate the books to Truett-McConnell College in remembrance of Dora Spiva, who attended Stillwell’s church when he pastored the Choestoe Baptist Church in Blairsville, GA. Truett-McConnell College launched the Dora Spiva Educational Campaign in 2007 in honor of Ms. Dora Spiva, a well known teacher in the North Georgia community.

The numbers of donated materials from Rev. Charles Stillwell are 599 hardback books, 477 paperback books, 59 periodicals, and 2 media. Some of the books from his library also came from Jack Inland, a pastor for years.

Dr. Mike Simoneaux, vice president for advancement services states, “the college deeply appreciates this wonderful gift by Rev. Stillwell.  It is all the more special because it was given in memory of Ms. Dora Spiva, whose legacy is being preserved through TMC’s educational program.”

 Rev. Stillwell has been in the ministry for 48 years and has ministered in Missouri, Sarasota, Florida, and retired in July 2006 from Choestoe Baptist Church. He has a B.A. with a major in Sociology and a minor in English and also holds a master of divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. After retirement in 2006, he served as a transitional pastor, interim pastor, and supplied at churches in Florida and Georgia. He has worked as a consultant for the Sunday School Board in Missouri, as the president of two pastors' conferences, and as evangelism director of Southwest Florida Baptist Association. He also served as moderator of Notla River Baptist Association. He has worked in city councils, as a community service council member and as an emergency assistance advisor.

For more information about the Truett-McConnell College library, contact Janice Wilson, the library director at 706-865-2134, Ext. 173 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The mission of Truett-McConnell College is to equip students to make a positive impact for Christ through disciplined scholarship and Christian discipleship. For more information about Truett-McConnell College call 706-865-2134 or visit us online at www.truett.edu

Written by and edited by: Vicky Kaniaru









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