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Florida Baptist College will welcome a new leader in 2023 after the college’s board of trustees selected an Orlando pastor to serve as the school’s seventh president.

Clayton Cloer, senior pastor of the Church at the Cross in Orlando, will take over as president on January 1, 2023, when current Baptist College of Florida (BCF) president Thomas A. Kinchen retires. The college’s board of trustees voted in favor of Cloer on May 24, according to a press release from the Graceville-based college.

“The BCF family extends a warm welcome to the Cloer family and we are confident that Dr. Clayton and Linda will serve with distinction and honor in this unique place,” Kinchen said in the statement.

The Cloers have been no strangers to BCF since their son, Nathan, earned a bachelor’s degree in ministerial studies from the college in 2016.

“I’ve known Clayton Cloer for a long time,” Kinchen said. “He has a heart for the local church and for the development of ministers in Bible-based, Christ-centered higher education. His experience in business, local church and denomination at various levels makes him an ideal candidate for BCF. Throughout his service in Florida, he stood on the right side of the right issues and represented the Baptists well.”

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Kinchen said he, his family and those at BCF look forward to seeing what “our Lord will do here during the Cloer years.”

“Ruth Ann and I have literally dedicated our lives to BCF for over 32 years,” Kinchen said. “We have seen God do wonderful, wonderful things here.”

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