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Williamsburg church hosts University of the Cumberlands Appreciation Sunday


University of the Cumberlands President Jim Taylor accepts a plaque at UC Appreciation Day.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – New Zion Baptist Church (NZBC) of Williamsburg hosted their first University of the Cumberlands Appreciation Sunday on April 3, 2011. The day was set aside to show appreciation for the staff, faculty, administration, students and alumni of UC.

According to their website, NZBC enjoys being a “church away from home” for many UC students. Many current members attended the church during their days at UC and now fondly call it home. UC alumni Lisa Hensley (’09) and Leslie Tipton (’09) sang beautiful praises to kick off the service.


Members of the New Zion Baptist Church speak with University of the Cumberlands staff and students during UC Appreciation Day.

According to Darrell Hurst, NZBC pastor, the goal of the appreciation Sunday was to strengthen a relationship between the college and the church. €We’re both here to serve the community so we wanted to let the college know that we are a partner,” Hurst said.

During the service UC President James Taylor was honored with a plaque. €I’m sorry we waited so long to reach out to the wonderful college in our community,” said Hurst. €We admire the college and we celebrate today our common goal, helping people.”

Taylor accepted the plaque humbly stating, “What we are most proud of are the homes we have built for the community (138 by the end of the summer of 2011), the wells we have dug, and the basic necessities we have been able to offer to our community. But even more so, we are proud of our mission to show others that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the light.”

“University of the Cumberlands Appreciation Sunday was a wonderful success at New Zion Baptist Church,” said Justin Hensley, organizer of the event and support administrator for the UC Department of Information Technology. €Our common goal with the university is to edify our community together to bring about a greater good. The ability to be the first church in our area to recognize Dr. Taylor’s 30 years of service to the university and to our community was a great blessing to all the staff and members at NZBC. We are confident that we were able to relay our true thankfulness for the university and Dr. Taylor’s leadership in our meeting today.”

Bob and Carol Brown have lived in Williamsburg for 25 years. As members of NZBC, they are honored to have UC students attend their services. €We feel that the students are a blessing to the church,” said Carol Brown.

“We certainly appreciate all the students, faculty, staff, alumni and administration that were able to attend. We count it a true blessing to call each of them our friend,” Hensley said.

A recording of today’s streamed service can be found by going to and clicking on Video Archive in the Media section.