President’s Leadership Team
Jon Forlines - Vice President for Student Services
Dr. Jon Forlines is vice president for student services at Welch College, a position he has held since 2001. He graduated from Welch in 1980, serving as president of the student body his senior year. He received his M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Tennessee State University and later received his Ph.D. in the same discipline.
Dr. Forlines served as associate pastor and minister of music at Grace Free Will Baptist Church (Greenville, North Carolina) from 1981 to 1990. He also served as a psychological examiner at the Tennessee Prison for Women and did his doctoral internship at the DeBerry Special Needs Facility in Nashville. He has performed more than 500 hours of volunteer service at drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers.
His wife Susan is also a Welch College graduate, and they work together in Student Services. They have three children: Joel and Jared (both of whom are students at Welch College), and Anna. Jon’s father, Reverend Leroy Forlines, has been a member of the Welch College faculty since 1953 and recently completed 50 years of service with the Commission for Theological Integrity.
Gary Fry - Vice President for Church Relations
Gary Fry began his duties as vice president for church relations at Welch College in February 2012. He graduated from Welch in 1972 and pursued graduate studies at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.
A Missouri native, Reverend Fry served eight years as executive director for the Missouri State Association of Free Will Baptists (2004-2012). He is a frequent conference speaker and published writer who served as editor of the GEM Magazine in Missouri. He also served 12 years on the Welch College Board of Trustees, ten years as chairman, as well as on the General Board and Executive Committee of the National Association of Free Will Baptists.
Ordained to preach at age 16, Mr. Fry pastored 28 years in Florida and Missouri, 23 of those years at First Free Will Baptist Church in Mountain Grove. During that time, he led the congregation as they founded the Mountain Grove Christian Academy and a Christian radio station. He has three children: Jessica, Thad, and Katy, who is a junior at Welch College. Following the death of his wife Cynthia, Gary married Shirley Smith in 2012.
Greg Ketteman - Provost
Dr. Greg Ketteman is the Provost at Welch College and serves as the college’s chief academic officer. A 1977 Welch graduate, Dr. Ketteman earned the M.Ed. degree at Middle Tennessee State University in 1981 and the Ed.D. degree at Tennessee State University in 2005.
He is a Nashville native whose experience in the field of education includes 15 years teaching and 14 years as principal in the Metropolitan Nashville Public School system.
His wife Jill and their two children, Jack and Emilee, are also graduates of Welch College. Dr. Ketteman is a member of Cross Timbers Free Will Baptist Church (Nashville) where he has served as a deacon, music director, and Sunday school teacher. His father, the late Paul J. Ketteman, was the first student to arrive at the college in 1942, and later worked 25 years for the college in fundraising and public relations.
Craig Mahler - Vice President for Financial Affairs
Craig Mahler, an ordained Free Will Baptist minister, was named vice president for financial affairs at Welch College in January 2012. He previously served six years as the college’s comptroller (2006-2012).
He graduated with honors from Tennessee Technological University, receiving a B.S. degree in business administration in 2004. He spent several years in TTU’s Internal Audit Division and was involved in specialized management training at DeKalb Community Bank in Smithville, Tennessee.
Craig and his wife Sabrina attend Carthage Free Will Baptist Church (Tennessee) where Craig serves as youth minister and teaches a Sunday School class. He is a gifted soloist as well as a teacher and businessman.
David Williford - Vice President for Advancement
David Williford has served as Welch College’s vice president for institutional advancement since 2002. The Alabama native is a 1979 graduate of Welch, where he also received a master’s degree in pastoral studies in 1984. He pursued further graduate studies at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Prior to joining the Welch College staff, he pastored 27 years in Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and Arkansas. Williford was ordained to preach in 1974. He has been active in local, state, and national ministries. He served 12 years on the Free Will Baptist International Mission Board (1996-2008), as well as on state mission boards in Arkansas and Florida. He served as executive secretary of the Florida State Association of Free Will Baptists from 2000 to 2002.
He married his wife Donna in 1973. They have two children: Michael and Stephanie. David travels extensively on behalf of the college, logging many thousands of miles each year, frequently meeting with pastors, state leaders, alumni, and donors.