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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Twila Paris Defends Brother Indicted for Bribery at Christian... | Gleanings | ChristianityToday.com

Their dishonest website, deceptive Board of Regents,
and alleged involvement in bribery to obtain tax money
may taint the claims of Angie Paris Snyder...a wee bit.


Twila Paris Defends Brother Indicted for Bribery at Christian... | Gleanings | ChristianityToday.com:


"The story is a tangled one, and it starts with the school. Sitting on 250 acres in Springdale, Ecclesia offers 17 degrees to about 283 students. It’s a “work college,” which means students do jobs on campus in exchange for lower tuition.

 Pat Boone never heard of Ecclesia College,
but Angie Paris Snyder
had him listed as a member of their Board of Regents.
Two others also expressed shock they were listed.


Ecclesia is like a family. Like the Paris family.

Twila’s parents established the small Christian liberal arts college in 1975, along with Twila, her three younger siblings, and their grandparents. In the beginning, it hosted training schools for YWAM (Youth With a Mission), which was founded by Twila’s uncle Loren Cunningham.
In 1996, the campus transitioned into a Bible college, accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. In 2005, it received accreditation as a liberal arts school. The college sits under the umbrella of Ecclesia Inc, which also covers Strategic Missions, Ecclesia Relief and Development, Bibles For the Nations, Ecclesia Children’s Ministries, Happy Few Unlimited, and Twila Paris Productions.

Twila’s father led the institution until her brother, Oren Paris III, took over as president in 1997. Twila’s sister Angie Snyder is the director of communications; brother-in-law Mike Novak is the financial development director and runs IT. Her mother Inez Paris is the chancellor and sits on the eight-person board of governance; so does Twila’s husband Jack Wright and Oren Paris III himself.

In all, seven family members draw salaries from the school, Snyder told CT. The indictment charges Paris with receiving more than $300,000 in compensation over four years; in all, his family recieved more than $1 million."
How many college presidents only have a BA
and - after many years - an online DMin?
Could anyone in the Paris family teach at a community college?
No one is qualified to teach or manage higher education.

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