The President’s Circle


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Meet the President

Rev. Stephen P. Best

With great pleasure, the Board of Trustees of Trinity College of Florida announces its unanimous selection and appointment of Reverend Stephen Paul Best as the College’s Ninth President Following Dr. Mark O’Farrell’s announced retirement after eighteen years as President of Trinity College and his being named the College’s first President Emeritus – A Presidential Search Executive Committee was established by the Board over a year ago and announced throughout the United States. Over 22 candidate applications nationwide were received and vetted, including in-person interviews.

Rev. Best brings Trinity outstanding acumen and successful ministerial, educational, business, resource development, and advancement experience. He holds a B.A. Degree in Speech Communications from Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, MI, and a Master’s Degree in Religious Education from Liberty Theological Seminary of Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA. He was ordained by the leadership and membership of First Baptist Church, Blanchester, OH. He has also served on the Trinity Adjunct Faculty as an Intercultural Studies and Pastoral Ministry Leadership instructor since 2020. Rev. Best has been serving as the College’s Interim President for the past five months. As Interim President, he has demonstrated exceptional aptitude in organizational leadership, ideation, vision for the college, and a strong and abiding faith in our Lord and Savior.

Rev. and Mrs. Steve Best, College PresidentHe and his wife, the former Terri Jo Tedder, have been married for 43 years. Terri is the daughter of the late evangelist, pastor, and alumni of Trinity, Dr. C. Alphon, and his wife, Jane Tedder. The Bests have four adult children and thirteen grandchildren. As Trinity enters its 91st year, the future of Christian education certainly holds challenges. However, we have never been more encouraged and excited. We are grateful to our Lord for His faithful and steadfast direction. We have confidence in Rev. Best’s ability and commitment to lead the College as our new President as we continue to expand, grow, and impact the world for Christ.

Serving Him Together,
Board of Trustees

Stephen P. Best, College President

President Emeritus

Dr. Mark O’Farrell

In May 2005, Dr. Mark T. O’Farrell was elected the eighth President of Trinity College of Florida. Dr. O’Farrell has served in several pastorates in Georgia and Florida, before becoming the Assistant to the District Superintendent/Church Planting Director for the Southeastern District of the Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA). He was later elected, and subsequently re-elected as District Superintendent of the Southeastern District, serving for 12 years and is a recipient of the Antioch Award (2005) for his efforts in starting churches. Dr. O’Farrell has served as a trustee on several higher education boards, denominational boards, adult retirement communities, and auxiliary ministries. Dr. O’Farrell earned a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina and received a Doctor of Divinity from Toccoa Falls College, Toccoa Falls, Georgia. Dr. O’Farrell and his wife, Billie, have four children and six grandchildren. Dr. Mark O’Farrell, who served the college with excellent leadership for 18 years, informed the Board of Trustees at its October 2022 meeting, of his intention to retire along with his wife Billie, who has served the college for 35 years. The Board of Trustees immediately began the search process for Trinity’s 9th President.

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Mark O'Farrell


Previous Presidents

Dr. W.T. Watson | Founder 1932 to 1981

William T. Watson founded the Florida Fundamental Bible Institute in 1932, later renamed Trinity College of Florida. 

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Dr. John R. Corts | 1981-1986

Dr. Corts is a graduate of Trinity College class of 56′. 

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Dr. Barry Banther | 1986-1991

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Dr. Richard A. Williams | 1991-1993

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Glenn C. Speed, Jr. | 1993-1998

Glenn “Skip” Speed is a graduate of the college, class of ’82. 

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Dr. Paul Alford | 1998-2000, 2001-2002

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Dr. Bill W. Lanpher | 2002-2005

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Dr. Mark O’Farrell | 2005-2023

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