2021 Annual Meeting Overview

February 17-19, 2021
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FEBRUARY 17-19, 2021


Now is Our Time ~ Making the Most of Every Opportunity

Live wisely among those who are not believers and make the most of every opportunity.
Let your conversation be gracious and attractive
so that you will have the right response for everyone.

[Colossians 4:5&6; NLT]


Making the most of EVERY opportunity!  What a challenge given to us by the apostle Paul through his letter to the church at Colossae.  Biblical higher education is positioned well within a cultural context that desperately needs the life transformation that comes through the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.


As we gather this February, we do so recognizing the awesome stewardship we hold as we equip a generation of students to fulfill the Great Commission, learning to make the most of every opportunity.  While the COVID-19 pandemic has altered our attendance expectations, it has not altered our plans to deliver an exceptional lineup of workshops, plenary sessions, networking opportunities, and times of worship and celebration.

Won’t you join us as we come together as an Association in February?  Now is our time!


Philip Dearborn

Philip Dearborn President

Philip Dearborn serves as the President of ABHE since July 2020.  He most recently served as Provost of Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary and Graduate School for the past five years. Over the last 21 years, Philip has served in numerous roles within LBC, starting his higher education career recruiting students in the Admissions Office. He then made the transition to Academic Affairs serving as the Registrar, Associate Vice President of Academic and Affairs, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and now Provost.





David Medders

David Medders      Executive Vice President

David Medders serves as Executive Vice President of ABHE.  He directs the leadership development initiatives of the Association and serves as chief development officer to expand association resource and revenue streams. David also assists President Dearborn in support of fulfilling the strategic vision of ABHE.






Wintley Phipps

Wintley Phipps, Vocalist

Wintley Phipps is a renowned vocal artist, and founder of the U.S. Dream Academy & Songs of Freedom Publishing Company. He features a booming bass voice, usually singing inspirational gospel music. He is an ordained Seventh-day Adventist minister.

He has performed for American presidents Jimmy CarterRonald ReaganGeorge H.W. BushBill ClintonGeorge W. Bush, and Barack Obama at several National Prayer Breakfast events and other celebrations. He has also performed for Rosa Parks’ 77th Birthday gala at the Kennedy Center, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and former South African President Nelson Mandela. He has appeared on programs such as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. television special, Billy Graham Crusades; and the Vatican. He has conducted lectures in Europe, Australia, Asia, Africa, and North and South America.


Wintley was born in Trinidad , but at an early age moved to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He attended Kingsway College in Oshawa, Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, and a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Wintley Phipps served as senior pastor to several churches in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and currently serves as pastor of the Palm Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church in Palm Bay, Florida. Wintley is married to Linda Galloway. They have three sons: Wintley II, Winston Adriel, and Wade Alexander.