GRACEVILLE - With a rousing surprise greeting from guests, Baptist College of Florida (BCF) President and First Lady, Tom and Ruth Ann Kinchen, stated they were "genuinely shocked" as family and friends gathered Sunday, August 27, to celebrate the couple's 50th anniversary. Unbeknownst to them, their children conspired with “helpful” staff members to keep the secret and honor the Kinchens.

The Kinchens began their journey together August 27, 1967 and have modeled Christian love and companionship for 50 years. They have served faithfully together in ministry in more than 14 churches, have held leadership positions in five schools, and lived at 15 different addresses. With 50 years, 600 months, two children, six grandchildren, 18,250 days, four dogs and five cats to account for, those who know the couple say they have touched the lives of thousands and continue to do so today.