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Dr. Floyd Paris Speaks at First UC Worship of 2014


Williamsburg, Ky. – United Campus Worship (UCW) at University of the Cumberlands (UC) began the spring semester with praise and a guest speaker, Dr. Floyd Paris, in the Gatliff Chapter on January 23.

Students filled the Chapel for the event to hear Dr. Paris’ speech about being a Christian, being a sinner, and missionary work. Dr. Paris spoke of his mistakes and turning back to Jesus when he was a college student. He described how he was a sinner, but he is redeemed by God and knows what God wants him to do in his life.

“Not everyone who claims to be Christian is a Christian,” Dr. Paris said. “Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian; going to a Christian college doesn’t make you a Christian.”

He summarized his speech about how to understand God’s plan for an individual and how to do God’s work. Dr. Paris has been on many mission trips around the world, including Russia and Uganda. He encouraged the audience to give their time to missions and to donate money for those in Uganda that need medicine and schooling. He said that $50 can buy 300 malaria vaccinations and $45 can pay for a year of school and daily lunch for a child.

“If we are going to be followers of Jesus, then we need to be like Jesus,” Dr. Paris said when referring to doing mission work and Jesus’ work.

Dr.Paris has a Ph.D. in Missions, studies in the Old Testament, and Church History. He hails from Ashland, Ky. and has been the pastor of Unity Baptist Church. He is also a former president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit

Article Provided by Amanda Kelly, UC Multimedia and Athletic Services Student Assistant