Williamson Christian College
274 Mallory Station Road
Franklin TN 37067
Mission Statement
Williamson College creates a rigorous academic environment to equip and empower graduates to be on mission in the world for Christ.
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Edward M. Smith
Board Chair Mr. B.J Howard
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1996
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $765,375.00
Projected Annual Revenue 815200 (2018)
Williamson College creates a rigorous academic environment to equip and empower graduates to be on mission in the world for Christ.
1. In 1996, the College was incorporated with the Secretary of State of the State of Tennessee. Application was made for college status with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission; approval was given in April 1997. The original approval for the College was for the baccalaureate degree to be granted in two majors: Management & Ethics and Leadership & Ministry. In April 2003 THEC approved a new major in Music and Worship Leadership. In May 2003, THEC approved the granting of the Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Ethics, Leadership and Ministry, and in Music and Worship Leadership.The College offers general education courses and two majors online.
2. The College enrolled its first students in credit and noncredit courses in the fall of 1998. On August 13, 2000, Williamson Christian College had its first Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremony. The College began with a strong orientation to provide both onsite and online access to its constituencies. 3. During the year 2000, Williamson Christian College obtained Candidate Status in accreditation with the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) as well as Applicant Status with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). Accreditation by TRACS was effective March 20, 2002, and Candidate Status with ABHE was approved in February 2003. Accreditation by ABHE was effective February 21, 2007. Accreditation reaffirmation of 10 years was granted by TRACS in April 2008. 4. The College’s curriculum is designed to meet the educational needs of working adults. The collaborative learning format allows students to identify the leadership issues of their communities and propose solutions for them from a faith based perspective. This encourages the integration of their faith and their learning with their leadership. This approach enhances the leadership roles of students who have assumed leadership responsibilities before they enroll at the College and it encourages students to assume leadership roles upon graduation if they have not already done so. 5. The College has offices, classrooms and library services at its main campus on Mallory Station Road in the Cool Springs area of Franklin.
Impact As a Christian College, Williamson College will provide its students with a distinctively engaging academic environment, characterized by excellence in its Christ-centered foundation, liberal arts non-traditional form, professional schools of leadership, interdisciplinary practical studies and graduate programs.
† WC will enroll increasing numbers of students desiring to learn, expand and serve others from all walks of life. These students will be high achieving students in order to attain the needed voice in the marketplaces of the world.
† WC will provide unsurpassed level of personal attention to our students.
† WC faculty will remain committed to outstanding teaching, practical application and scholarship.
† WC will enhance our reputation and will continue to grow in order to train and educate future generations to be on mission for Christ. WC will be recognized as a preeminent college that prepares its graduates for success throughout life in the global environment.
† WC will be creative in solutions, global in tactical thinking and in educational locations as we serve the worldwide and national mosaic of His Kingdom.
1. Raise $150,000 in annual scholarship funds to allow more students to attend Williamson College. Currently, all of WC's institutional scholarships are unfunded. 2. Hire additional  full-time faculty; currently using mostly adjunct faculty members. 3. Raise endowment funds to secure the financial future of the College in the amount of $500,000.  
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Williamson College (WC) creates a rigorous academic environment to equip and empower graduates to be on mission in the world for Christ.  We offer undergraduate students the Associate Degree or Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Ministry Leadership, and graduate students the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership degree.  All degrees thoroughly integrate faith and learning from an evangelical and conservative Christian worldview and focus on God’s call on each student’s life.  We seek to have a diversity of learners with different life experiences.  WC is accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) which allows students to receive Federal Title IV Pell Grants and student loans.    We believe that our students should not be burdened with massive and discouraging student-loan debt. Thus, our operating costs per credit hour are below all local colleges and universities, except for one.  Financial statements are audited by Blankenship CPA Group.  Williamson College is a member in good standing with The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (EFCA).  
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Undergraduate Colleges
Secondary Organization Category Religion- Related / Christianity
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Davidson
TN - Williamson
TN - Rutherford
TN - Maury
TN - Dickson
TN - Montgomery
TN - Sumner
CEO Statement At Williamson College, we believe the Holy Scriptures to be ultimate and timeless truth, "God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness" (II Timothy 3:16).  These same scriptures can be central in knowing how to THINK differently as well as act differently.  One often begets the other.  Our world desperately needs fresh thinking and acting to resolve some of the most staggering problems ever encountered.
Our college environment is one in which the Bible is taken seriously. As Carl F.H. Henry explains, "Millions upon millions of people would be lifted above life that is bitter and bewildering if their minds and deeds were shaped by the revealed truth of God. In our materially-minded world, life's greatest profitability still lies in heeding what the Bible teaches."

WC faculty, staff, and trustees are committed to assist every student in discovering their God-given call, whether that is lived out as a school teacher, a physician, auto mechanic, stay-at-home mom or dad, business owner, volunteer community leader, pastor, or countless other roles.  We believe God has called us all to be on mission--that "as we go" we are being used by God for His redemptive purposes.

We invite you to Williamson College.  Small classes, personalized attention, and a caring community awaits you.  With 15 nations represented in our student body, a cross-cultural experience is in store for you.

Attending class one night a week, you can begin or complete your degree without interfering with your daily work routine.  We have 9 different start dates for classes each year. 

So, give us a call at 615-771-7821.  One of our caring advisors is waiting to get to know you.  We hope to see you soon!


                                                                         Dr. Ed Smith

Williamson College is serious about the integration of biblical thinking with professional pursuits. The School of Business offers the B.S. in Business Administration. This degree is designed to equip students to lead for- and nonprofit organizations, not only in the maximization of stockholder wealth, but also for the greater good of the community and world. Students at WCC are challenged to think biblically and analytically in order to develop solutions for some of the most intractable problems facing mankind in the 21st century. An optional Nonprofit Management Track is available for students desiring emphasis for the nonprofit organization.

At WC, we believe business pursuits can be a noble purpose and, when subservient to God’s sovereignty, a calling that can be fully God-honoring and useful in the encouragement and expansion of His Kingdom. Therefore, our students are challenged to think in an inter-disciplinary way; that is, to study across a spectrum of subjects including church leadership, spiritual formation and biblical ethics. By doing so, our graduates are equipped and empowered to think globally, as well as locally, in collaborating cross-culturally to advance the mission of their organization.

Leaders in globally ubiquitous corporations can bring solutions to major world problems if they will act beyond selfish ambition and consider ways to positively impact all stakeholders. Servant leadership and business success is not mutually exclusive. The servant leader, while guided by transcendent truth, enables an organization to, as Jim Collins says, have a “paradoxical mix of humility and fierce resolve.” WCC stands ready to guide young, as well as older adults, in the development or reengineering of skill sets for leadership to change the world.

Budget 220000
Category Education, General/Other
Population Served Adults, ,

The Ministry Leadership major is intended to provide students with skills and a background in leadership and how they should be applied in a ministry or other Christian activities. Ministry is defined broadly to refer to any situation in which Christians are worshipping, evangelizing, serving or studying aspects of the Christian faith. Ministry Leadership will be presented in the broad context of human knowledge and experience. As a result, both secular and Christian sources will be studied along with case studies and examples of leadership historically and currently in our society. As in all majors at Williamson College, students study Biblical Worldview, examining the role of general and special revelation, and looking at God at work in the modern world. A Christian worldview provides a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges in Ministry Leadership areas. The final course in the sequence, CM 489 Ministry Leadership Capstone (non-credit, non-tuition required course), is unique to Williamson College. This course is designed to help students consolidate the academic content of the program and to finalize their student portfolios prior to their graduation.

Budget 210000
Population Served Adults, ,
Description The Associate Degree in Leadership is designed for the student who either wants only the Associate Degree or wishes to earn this degree on the way toward completing the Bachelor of Science degree. The major will provide the student with the skills, attitudes and perspective needed for leadership with a Christian worldview.
Budget 11595
Category Education Postsecondary Education
Population Served Adults, ,
Description  A leader needs the knowledge and skills of organizational leadership regardless of the work context.  Whether the leader is or hopes to be in the corporate arena or is serving in vocational ministry, effective leadership will depend on character and ethics, but also on the ability to blend aspects of organizational culture, teambuilding, strategic thinking, conflict resolution, problem-solving, working and thinking at the national and international level, and understanding how to advance the organization through change. 

The program has several distinctives.  Most importantly, it has a serious focus on ethics.  In addition to each course being taught on a biblical and ethical foundation, we have placed an ethics course early in the curriculum.  And we have dedicated a second ethics course toward the end in order to go deeper on certain ethical challenges often found in leadership circles.  One will also notice powerful opportunities for access to senior leaders at various levels.  Three context seminars will expose students to particular leadership challenges and insights at the local/state, national, and international levels, respectively.  In each seminar, distinguished public figures will meet with students in candid, non-attribution settings that will prove enlightening.  In both seminar and social settings, students will be given the opportunity for unique access for questions and answers.

The program includes a capstone project that will be developed as the student progresses through the coursework.  The purpose of the capstone is to synthesize elements of learning in the program and apply them to a setting in their future.  This will be a project that should pertain to the student’s work setting or anticipated employment and will focus on a proposal for solving a problem, or advancing an idea.  Those anticipating entrepreneurial endeavors may shape their capstone project around their vision.

Budget 100000
Population Served , ,
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. B.J Howard
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2020
Email bjhoward@convergenzgroup.com
Board Members
Mr. Mike Arrington RetiredVoting
Mr. Garry Askew Bauer-Askew ArchitectureVoting
Mr. Will Burns Fidelis Law, PLLCVoting
Mrs. Melanie Crayton e3 PartnersVoting
Mrs. Amy Farrow The Gardner SchoolVoting
Mr. BJ Howard
Ms. Ginger Jones
Mr. David McCall Techno-AideVoting
Mr. Jim O'Donnell Retired CFO of Con Agra FoodsVoting
Mr. Ed Rose Community Health SystemsVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 10%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Jim O'Donnell
Term Jan 2010 to Dec 2018
Email tennesseejim@me.com
Standing Committees
Academic Affairs
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Crime Coverage
Directors & Officers Policy
Workers Compensation & Employers' Liability
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Dr. Edward M. Smith
Term Start Oct 2011
Email ed.smith@williamsoncc.edu
Full Time Staff 6
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 1
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 10
When was Strategic Plan adopted? May 2010
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Yes
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member2013
Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization2014
Williamson County Chamber of Commerce1998
External Assessments and Accreditations
External Assessments and Accreditations
Association for Biblical Higher Education2005
Senior Staff
Title V.P. - Operations
Experience/Biography Dr. Landers holds the Ph.D. in History from Texas Christian University. She is published in The Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery and has written curriculum for JKO Publishing of Franklin. She has been a member of the faculty of Williamson Christian College since 2001 and was an adjunct faculty member at Belmont University. She and her husband, John, were missionaries to Brazil for 20 years through the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. She is a member of the Southern History Association and of Forest Hills Baptist Church in Nashville.
Title Dean Emeritus
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $815,200.00
Projected Expenses $765,375.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$552,204$778,991$804,526
Administration Expense$287,638$124,942$119,110
Fundraising Expense$49,173$13,686$11,839
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.890.14
Program Expense/Total Expenses62%85%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue39%24%33%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$255,124$169,724$287,708
Current Assets$123,448$98,730$213,531
Long-Term Liabilities$197,064$132,408$160,187
Current Liabilities$100,471$83,671$102,236
Total Net Assets($42,411)($46,355)$25,285
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.231.182.09
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets77%78%56%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $759,934Program Revenue $755,761Program Revenue $850,844
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $105,512Contributions, Gifts and Grants $57,881Noncash Contributions $58,621
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $19,708Noncash Contributions $3,910Contributions, Gifts & Grants $36,065
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount 0 as of
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Exempt - Expires
Registration No
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from 990. 
Financial documents prepared by Blankenship CPA Group, PLLC.
Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 5/17/18.
Nonprofit Williamson Christian College
Address 274 Mallory Station Road
Franklin, TN 37067
Primary Phone (615) 771-7821
Contact Email susan@williamsoncc.edu
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Edward M. Smith
Board Chair Mr. B.J Howard
Year of Incorporation 1996

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