Courtney Gillaspy of Medina High School in Medina, Texas agreed to join the 2012 Bears Volleyball team. Gillaspy was a three sport athlete in high school including volleyball, softball and basketball. She is a 5’6″ defensive specialist that helped lead her high school volleyball team to three co-district championships during her tenure at Medina High.

Head Coach Shari Bryan commented, ” Courtney’s athleticism will allow her to cover the court very well. We are excited to see her contributions both on and off the court.”

Gillaspy is the daughter of Brian and Marcie Gillaspy. She plans to major in either Business Administration or Sports and Recreation Leadership.



                    MEN’S RESIDENT DIRECTORS

                    Jeremiah and Wendy Williams


                    Men’s Resident Assistants


                    Jeff Willems


                    Brandon Palmer


                    Titus Mease


                    David Jaimes


                    Sean Austin


                    Zach Bowman



                    WOMEN’S RESIDENT DIRECTOR

                    Tiffany Van Dame


                    Women’s Resident Assistants


                    Shelly Gresham


                    Jennifer Stanley


                    Brandie Brown


                    Heather Thornburg


                    Danye Guthrie


                    Resident Assistants in Training


                    Mattie Ringwald


                    Megan Eby



On behalf of the Barclay College community, we want to welcome all of our newly accepted students to Barclay College, and to the returning students, we welcome you back! We will be sending out new student information but for now, here are some important dates to consider:

Student Leaders
Tuesday, August 14
Wednesday, August 15

New Students
Thursday, August 16
Thursday, August 16
Friday, August 17
Friday, August 17

Returning Students
Saturday, August 18
Saturday, August 18
Monday, August 20

(Stu-co/RA’s/Small Group Coordinators)
Move-In Day & Welcome Back Dinner (6:00 PM)
Student Leaders Training (All Day)

New Students Move-In Day (8:00 AM – Noon, 1:00 – 4:00 PM)
President’s Dinner for all new students and families (6:00 PM)
Registration (9:00 AM – Noon, 1:00 – 4:30 PM)
New Student Orientation (7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)

Move-In Day & Registration (9:00 AM – Noon, 1:00 – 4:30 PM)
New Student Orientation Continues (10:30 AM – Noon, 1:00 – 4:00 PM)
First Full Day of Classes

*Soccer players move in on Friday, August 10 (arrive between 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM)

*Fall athletes move in on Sunday, August 12 (from 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM see coaches for more details)

We are thrilled to announce that Derek Brown will be joining the faculty of Barclay College. Derek will be the Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Chaplain, as well as holding the department chair. In these roles, Derek will be teaching classes and ministering to the student body through both corporate worship in Chapel and pastoral care through counseling and mentoring students.

An alumnus of Barclay College, Derek graduated with a BA in Theology. He then went on to pastor at Macksville Christian Church, where he as been for the last three years. During this time, he earned his Masters in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. The college also had the pleasure of having Derek serve as both an adjunct instructor and the part-time Director of Chapel Ministries last year. This year Derek has also applied to enter into the Ph.D. program at Johnson University, and if accepted, will be able to complete his doctoral work without interrupting his tenure at Barclay.

Derek is married to Jessica (Huffman) Brown, also an alumnus of Barclay College. They have been married for three years, and are currently expecting twins in November! In addition, they are the proud parents of a Chihuahua (Princess) and a Boston Terrier (Charlie). They have recently purchased a house in Haviland and
are excited to move into the community. Said Derek, “Barclay was such a influential part, not only of my pastoral education, but also my spiritual formation. It is my hope that my humble efforts can help impact students in the same way.” Welcome back Derek! We are excited for you to join the Barclay team!

From July 16th to August 5th Barclay College Senior Artaya Climes will be spending three weeks in London and Belgium with Sportquest, a sports ministry located out of Indianapolis, Indiana. They will be putting on sports camps for high school and college age kids in the surrounding areas. Climes is entering her Senior season on the Lady Bears basketball team.

Climes reflected about this opportunity, “it has always been my dream to play basketball overseas.  I just didn’t know what that would look like. In March I applied. I know I’m the biggest procrastinator in the world, but it wasn’t until then that I felt like that was what I am suppose to be doing over the summer. What really made we want to go on the trip is I want to see what God is going to do with me. I have played basketball all my life. I am about to enter my senior year of college and that is usually the time where basketball is over.  If traveling the world and using basketball as a platform to get Jesus to people is the way He wants me to use it, then I am all for it. I just want to do more than play basketball.”

She also said, “Sportquest has a saying “Play with a Purpose” and that is all I want to do. I want to play basketball in such a way that it touches people’s lives. That feeling or drive or whatever you want to call it is what made me want to go. I hope that lives are changed mine to be included. I am really excited and humbled by this opportunity. I can’t wait to see what God does over this summer.”

As we take a look at the potential for the upcoming season, the excitement starts to build for a number of different reasons:

·         A solid core group of players are returning.

·         We have a talented class of recruits.

·         New alumni recruiting streams are forming.

·         Barclay has been accepted into the NCCAA Div. II – providing a higher level of competition and greater opportunities to expand our program.

·         Coach Steve has completed the USSF National D coaches training, and coach Kevin has completed the USSF National E coaches training and licensing.

·         Night games are coming to Haviland, KS.

On July 23, 25, 27, and 28 there will be a soccer camp in Wichita, KS featuring Chico Borja formerly of the Wichita Wings.  There is a special discount for any Barclay player who would like to attend (See coaches Steve or Kevin for details).


Soccer players are to report to campus for Training Camp on August 10 by 1:00 PM.  A sports physical is required to play.  If you have not received a sports physical, a time will be scheduled for our team at the Kiowa County Hospital – cost is typically under $20.

A 2012 graduate from New Braunfels Christian Academy located just north of San Antonio, Texas, Joseph Sullivan signed his letter of intent to play basketball for the Barclay College Bears in the fall.

Sullivan is a 6’3″ guard with the ability to get to the rim from the perimeter. He was a member of the 29-8 New Braunfels Wildcats basketball team as a senior where he averaged just under 10 points a game and 4 rebounds. 

Head Coach Royce Bryan said, “We are excited to have Joseph coming in the fall. I am confident he will be a great asset to both the college and the basketball team.”

Sullivan is the younger brother of Barclay College Women’s Basketball and Volleyball athlete Sarah Sullivan.

RaeLyn Epp has chosen to continue her basketball career as a member of the Barclay College Lady Bears. RaeLyn is a graduate of Corn Bible Academy in Corn, OK. RaeLyn has been the point guard for a Corn Bible Academy program that has had back to back State Tournament appearances, including a State Championship her Junior season. RaeLyn is the daughter of Randy and Rachelle Epp.

RaeLynn had a solid senior season in which she had averages of 8.3 pts, 5 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2 steals a game.


Head Coach Brad Lingafelter concluded, “I loved watching RaeLyn play when she came up for her visit. I had two words going through my head as I watched her: smart and consistent. She did a good job of moving the ball where it needed to go, taking shots when she was open and even mixing it up a little for rebounds. As a point guard, ball security and offense initiation are priority number one and I think she is going to be great at that. I was impressed with her mechanics and think she can be a big threat in our style of offense. Plus, she comes from a program that has had great success. I am big believer that winning is a habit you can cultivate. Tasting success breeds a desire for more success. RaeLynn is going to be in the mix for guard position minutes and I am excited to have her coming to Barclay in the fall.”

The 2011-12 edition of the Barclay College Lady Bears was quite a ride. The season began with high expectations based on the year before, and the number of experienced returning players. However, life has a tendency to get in the way of even the best laid plans. Marriages, injuries, and a few other unforeseen issues zapped the Lady Bears of most of that returning experience. So the Lady Bears went back to square one and started building again. 


After a disappointing 1-8 start the Lady Bears showed a lot of determination and perseverance to go 8-4 to close out the season, and finish with a record of 9-12. The Lady Bears finished 7th at the ACCA National Tournament and had League as well as National Recognition for it’s players. Hannah Williams was named 2nd team MCCC, and Kaylee Miller received Honorable Mention. On the National Level, Hannah Williams was named 2nd team All-American, and Kaylee Miller was named an Academic All-American. 


Statistically, Hannah Williams led the team in scoring and rebounding at 16.8 pts and 5.8 rebounds. Hannah shot a solid 39% from the 3 point line and an outstanding 85% from the free throw line. Kaylee Miller was second in rebounding with an average of 5.4, followed by Jessica Davis at 4.2. Maurissa Shaffer, a 2nd semester transfer came in and solidified the point guard spot, leading the team in assists at 3.9/game.


The Lady Bears will lose some players, but return a very strong core that should make the Lady Bears of 2012-13 an exciting team to watch!


Head Coach Brad Lingafelter stated, “This team was fantastic. We had some really debilitating circumstances at the beginning of the year that set us back quite a bit. It is easy to say that a team and a coach can just brush that adversity aside and keep plugging along, but, as this year’s team learned, it was a tough climb. We completely changed what we were doing offensively and relied on the great defensive principles Coach Ballard worked on throughout the season to forge a new identity. The way the ladies came together as a team, competitively and from a chemistry standpoint, was really fun to watch.”


Go Lady Bears!!!

“On behalf or our 110 member institutions and over 13,000 student-athletes, welcome to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA),” were the words from the association in an acceptance letter written on May 7, 2012.

The acceptance letter also stated, “the NCCAA offers a very distinct option to its members. As the only mission-fit intercollegiate association for today’s Christ-centered colleges and universities, the NCCAA should not be viewed as an equal or even a competitor with the NCAA or the NAIA. Although you will find our championship competition to be of a very high standard, the clear difference of the NCCAA will be the Christian Service Projects conducted within our National Championships, the availability of sports ministry funding for our membership, and the Christian felllowship at championships and the Annual Convention. Your student-athletes will be challenged and blessed by giving of themselves to local communities and youth prior to competing. These projects allow us to reaffirm that the cross of Christ still has the priority over any banners we may win.”

The Bears will be a part of the Southwest Region which includes Hillsdale Baptist (Moore, OK), Ozark Christian (Joplin, MO), Dallas Christian (Dallas, TX), and Arlington Baptist (Arlington, TX).

For more information concerning the NCCAA, visit their website at