September 25, 2020
Navarro College is proud to announce that Rev. Dr. Meredith Bell is Navarro's Director of Bulldog Life, a new student services program that launched in Fall 2020 semester.
Meredith recently earned her doctorate degree while working as the director of the UCF Wesley Foundation for Navarro College. There are no plans to slow down as she will continue to serve and minister to students at UCF while working as the director of Bulldog Life at NC.
A native of Texas, she was raised in the small town of Graham. Before coming to UCF Wesley, she served as Pastor for Women’s Ministry at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Southlake, Texas. Other ministry roles include serving as an associate pastor in youth ministry, evangelism and pastoral care in other churches in the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.
In addition, Meredith worked as a hospital chaplain for 5 years in the Texas Health Resources system, specifically at Texas Health Harris Downtown Ft. Worth, Texas Health Southwest and Texas Health HEB.
She graduated with a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University in 1999, completed her Masters of Theological Studies degree in 2001, and her Doctorate of Ministry degree in May 2018 from Perkins School of Theology/SMU (Dallas, TX). She is an ordained Deacon in The United Methodist Church and is also a Spiritual Director. Meredith, her husband Rev. Dr. Steven Bell, and their two daughters currently reside in Corsicana, TX.
What makes you most excited about this year?
Even in the midst of all that we are living through, I am excited (and proud) of the way that NC has met the challenges and persevered in every area. I am excited to see how our current challenges make us a stronger college. For example, the Bulldog Life program has been reaching out to our students since April to offer assistance with technology, utility bills, food insecurities and housing insecurities. We are working through the challenges and caring for our students in new and creative ways. It is a beautiful example of compassionate hearts, good teamwork and leadership.
What makes NC special?
Navarro College is a bright spot for some many people and our students are AMAZING! It seems that everyone has a warm spot in their heart for Navarro College. They also have personal stories about how it influenced their lives. These stories of transformation in a caring community is what makes it special. Every story matters!
Favorite NC memories?
Making smore’s with students in the driveway at the UCF Wesley, Baseball games, Improv Workshops, Ping-pong, John Deere Trackers driving around campus, loading a charter bus at the beginning of a Civil Rights Pilgrimage, zip-lining at Sky Ranch, numerous sacred conversations with students and NC Football Conference Championship 2019!
About Bulldog Life
Navarro College's Bulldog Life student success services includes opportunities to grow personally as you pursue your educational goals at Navarro College. Opportunities include workshops to learn more about your personal gifts and skills, travel opportunities, and our culture of caring through efforts to support you mentally, spiritually, and physically. In addition, we provide resources and personal support to launch you into your dream job, university, and/or career with Bulldog Pride! This program is available to all students of Navarro College through intentional initiatives that support student success outcomes.
Find out more about how to enroll in Bulldog Life by contacting us at email@example.com or (903) 875-7737.