Vice President of Academic Affairs / Dean
Professor of Ministry, Counseling, and Biblical Studies
Dr. Bagents serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs. He teaches graduate courses in ministry and undergraduate courses in Old Testament, New Testament, ministry, counseling, and church leadership. He serves as an elder and associate minister with the Mars Hill Church of Christ in Florence. His wife, Laura, teaches language arts for Florence City Schools. Their son, John, works in financial management in Ventura, CA. Their son, Allen, passed away in 2010.
D.Min., Biblical Studies, Amridge University, 1996
M.Div., Amridge University, 1992
M.Ed., Counselor Education, Auburn University, 1982
M.A., New Testament, Amridge University, 1980
B.A., Agricultural Science (Agronomy), Auburn University, 1978
Missions and Ministry
Co-founder of and counselor with the Alpha Center, a Christian counseling center (2001-2017). Ongoing work in individual and marital/family counseling.
Mission teaching in South Africa (2018, 2015, 2012, 2009, 2006), Namibia (2009, 2006), Albania (1996, 1989), and Jamaica (1979).
Palliative Care Chaplaincy with Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital, then North Alabama Medical Center (2009-present).
Guest lecturer in Nigerian Christian Bible College and West Nigeria Christian College (2009, 2005, 2003, and 2002).
Myrtle Beach School of Preaching and Biblical Studies, Myrtle Beach, SC (2017)
Asian Christian University, Bugallon, Philippines (2016, 2015).
Syktyvkar School of Foreign Languages and International Culture, Syktyvkar, Russia (2004, 1994).
Khulna Bible College, Khulna, Bangladesh (2003, 2001).
Nigerian Christian Bible College, Ukpom, AKS, Nigeria (2003, 2002).
Bagents, Bill. “The Darker Side of Sin” in Visions of Grace.” Berean Study Series. Florence,
AL: Heritage Christian University Press, 2019 (in press).
_______. Always Near: Listening for Lessons from God. Florence, AL: Cypress Publications,
2019 (in press).
_______. “The Name of the Lord” in Instructions for Living: The Ten Commandments. Berean
Study Series. Florence, AL: Heritage Press, 2018, 53-59.
_______. “Prayer” in Clothed in Christ: A How-to Guide. Berean Study Series. Florence, AL:
Heritage Press, 2017, 15-21.
_______. “Joy” in What Real Christianity Looks Like: A Study of the Parables. Berean Study
Series. Florence, AL: Heritage Press, 2016, 23-31.
_______. “I AM Omnipresent.” in I AM: A Study of the True and Living God. ed. Jeremy W.
Barrier and Charles R. Webb; Florence, AL: Heritage Press, 2010, 83-95.
_______. “What Teens Need.” Gospel Advocate 152.3 (March 2010): 12-14.
_______. “God and Books.” Gospel Advocate 151.5 (May 2009): 12-13.
_______. “Renewing Respect for Leadership” and “Renewing Respect for Grace” in Renewing
Respect: Rediscovering A Forgotten Virtue. ed. Bill Bagents; Nashville: Gospel
Advocate, 2009, 75-81 and 123-131.
Bagents, Bill and Cory Collins. Equipping the Saints: A Practical Study of Ephesians 4:11-16.
Florence, AL: Heritage Press, 2007.
Wilhelm, Jack and Bill Bagents. Easing Life’s Hurts. Florence, AL.: Cox Creek Bookhouse,