Matt Hangen was recently featured in the Faulkner Magazine from Faulkner University.
I graduated from Mobile Christian in 2000, and, as the years go by, I look back fondly over the years I spent at MCS, where I enjoyed both academic and athletic endeavors. As a member of the National Honor Society and captain of the Lady Leopards’ volleyball, basketball and softball teams, I was blessed to spend my formative years at an institution where prayer, faith and Christian values were not only embraced but encouraged. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be an author; I grew up with a passion for Southern Christian Fiction, and, as was true throughout my academic career, during my years at MCS my English and Literature classes were my favorite! I was blessed to experience a variety of teachers and coaches who taught, inspired and encouraged. I count my blessings and believe wholeheartedly in making my blessings count. I graduated from MCS with a GPA above 4.0 and accepted a J.L. Bedsole Academic Scholarship.
In 2004, I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Spring Hill College with a degree in English Literature and Sociology. Upon graduating college, I went on to pursue my dreams of writing Southern Christian Fiction.
My debut novel, In a Brother’s Eyes: the Brant McLachlan Story was published in 2005. For Such a Time as This was released in 2007. My most recent release, Son of a Soldier, was published in 2012, and received the highest possible recommendation rating from By the Book Christian Book Reviewers. An excerpt of the review reads, “Aiken Brown’s Son of a Soldier is a coming of age novel, a story about the triumph of love and faith, a book that inspires, entertains and leaves you wanting more. When I first got the book in the mail, I was a bit overwhelmed by the book’s size. But thankfully, this is a beautifully written novel with engaging characters and a storyline that I could not get enough of. What seemed liked a daunting 600 pages, was a story I did not want to end.”
More information about my novels is available at www.aikenbrown.blogspot.com. My fourth novel will be released later this year.
LACEY TALBOT HEATH
Class of 2000
After graduating from MCS in 2000, I attended Auburn University where I graduated cum laude in 2004 with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting. In 2005, I completed my Masters of Accountancy graduating suma cum laude from Auburn University. I sat for the Certified Public Accountant exam during the last semester of graduate school and passed the exam on my first attempt. After graduation in 2005, I moved to Birmingham and began working for Mauldin & Jenkins, CPAs. I have been at the firm for nine years and have served as Manager the past four years. I am looking forward to a promotion to Director this coming June. As a CPA, I specialize in performing audit and tax work for financial institutions. A close friend introduced me to Matthew Heath in May 2012, and we were recently married on October 26, 2013.
Various honors & affiliations –
Member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Member of the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants
Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society
Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Society
National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Golden Key International Honor Society
Since the founding of Mobile Christian School in part by my grandfather Paul Talbot, a strong education in a Christian environment has been a priority for my family. My own parents worked hard and sacrificed so that I and my two brothers could attend. MCS provided the required education and skills needed to allow me to transition easily into college and thrive. Several teachers and coaches were very influential in helping me to develop into the person I am today. If it wasn’t for Miss Liz Burris holding my hand in K-4, I would probably still be shy beyond measure. While attending MCS I learned the dedication and commitment needed to be successful in my life, and for that I will forever be grateful.
Class of 1997
John Prothro graduated from Mobile Christian in 1997. He played baseball at Southern Union CC and transferred to Vanderbilt University where he played for three years and graduated with a degree in Interdisciplinary Communication. Following his time at Vanderbilt, John earned a Masters in Organizational Communication from Texas A&M University. He is currently Managing Partner at IndustryPro, Inc., an Atlanta based investment bank that sources equity growth and buyout capital for privately held businesses. In his career, John has consulted with some of the world’s top strategic and financial firms on mergers and acquisitions and transacted with businesses on multiple continents. Prior to starting the Atlanta office, John ran IndustryPro China in Beijing where he and his team advised multi-national firms in market due diligence and cross border acquisitions. John is also a Partner and investor in Lionsdale Capital, an equity fund that provides private investment opportunities to entrepreneurs. John lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA with his wife and three children.
Mobile Christian equipped me with a Godly worldview and a Biblical foundation. I thank God for the pleasant memories and eternal friendships from my time at MCS.