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Music Program


The purpose of the Jacksonville College music program is to provide students with a way to use their God given talents to praise the Lord and to achieve their full musical and choral ability. The choral program, part of the Fine Arts Department, consists of the choir, Singers, Overcomers, and men’s quartet. In addition to directing three choral groups, the Choral Director teaches classes in Music Theory and Music Appreciation.

Tim Timmons, a very gifted bass vocalist, is the Choral Director for Jacksonville College. Tim was born in Lubbock, Texas. He is married to Nancy, and they have two sons, Marcus and Matthew, and six grandchildren. Tim is a graduate of the University of Science and Art of Oklahoma. Tim accepted Christ as Savior at age seven, surrendered to the call of ministry, and began leading music in churches at age 13. He has served as full-time Minister of Music in nine churches, his last position being with First Baptist Church of Rusk for eleven years. He and Nancy are members of Norwood Heights Baptist Church in Palestine where their son Matthew is pastor. Tim’s hobbies are woodworking and all sports. Tim says, “As Choral Director at Jacksonville College, I have the joy of training young college students to be outstanding members of the choir and vocal ensembles. The greatest blessing is to hear these young men and women lifting their voices in praise to the Lord.”

Another part of the music program at Jacksonville College is the band, directed by Mike Kellogg. He has been married to Suzy for 32 years, and they have 2 daughters and 4 granddaughters. Mike says the reason he is at Jacksonville College is because “God opened the door, and I was just smart enough to walk through. I praise God every day for this opportunity.” Mike plays the saxophone in several groups as well as in his local church. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and remodeling homes.

Music Department Chair Gerald Orr has been a part of Jacksonville College for over 50 years. He also serves as a music instructor, and he still finds time to play the keyboard in the JC band. During the summer, Gerald loves to travel to new places all over the world.

We need your help informing students you know about Jacksonville College and our music opportunities. Tim is available to bring the choir, Singers, or Overcomers any Sunday; and President Mike Smith often comes with them and preaches. Consider having a Jacksonville College Day at your church one Sunday. Tim and his students, dough-nuts and juice in hand, speak to your youth in Sunday School, promote Jacksonville College, and sing in the worship time; Dr. Smith preaches. There is no fee. If the church elects to receive a love offering, it all goes to help Jacksonville College continue its mission to challenge minds and transform lives.


We invite you to attend our upcoming Christmas Show on Thursday, December 4 at 8:00 p.m. in Buckner Chapel. Seasonal songs and entertainment will delight guests as the Choir, vocal ensembles, band, and Theater Department present “Christmas Cards.” While fun and festive, the show will also celebrate the main reason for our great joy this time of year—the birth of our wonderful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Before the program, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the JAG Bookstore will also host a Christmas Open House. Refreshments will be served, and all Christmas items will be discounted by 20%.

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Jacksonville College Director of Choirs Tim Timmons


The Jacksonville Choir prepares for the Fall Concert.

Director Tim Timmons is pictured on the right.


The JC Band with director Mike Kellogg on the left with the saxophone, and Music Department Chair Gerald Orr on the right at the piano

Upcoming Events

Winter Term Registration October 1 through December 15

Winter Term Session I December 15, 2014 - January 9, 2015 (online and traditional courses)

Winter Term Session II January 2- 12, 2015

(traditional classroom courses)

Spring Term Registration Early Registration: November 1 - December 19 Regular Registration: January 12-13

Christmas Open House December 4 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Jag Bookstore

Christmas Show: Christmas Cards Produced by the Music and Theater Departments December 4 at 8:00 p.m. in Buckner Chapel

Campus Wide Garage Sale December 5-6 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the former Joe Wright Elementary School at 215 Kickapoo Street across from the main JC campus

Homecoming 2015 February 6-7, 2015 For more information, visit

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