An 11 oz. ceramic coffee or tea mug featuring an imprinted message of “Knowing Christ Serving Christ” image in white printed on both sides. This ceramic mug is a great hot or cold beverage holder for office or home coffee or tea drinking. They also make great gifts! To find out how to order, Please email Jacqueline Coker or Vicki Bohannon
Leland will hold its graduation at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 2 at the Church at Clarendon and our guest speaker will be Melissa Rogers, a member of Columbia Baptist Church and formerly special advisor to President Obama on policy issues related to religion and partnerships with faith-based organization serving people in need. Melissa currently serves as non resident senior fellow for Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution
Dear Leland friends!
“I wanted to pass along our news as a Leland Alumna. Convergence is currently the featured article on Duke Divinity School’s Faith & Leadership online magazine”. https://www.faithandleadership.com/art-and-faith-converge-hybrid-churchcommunity-arts-center?utm_source=FL_newsletter&utm_medium=content&utm_campaign=FL_topstory
They read about us in the recently published book Divergent Church: The Bright Promise of Alternative Faith Communities (Abingdon Press). http://www.abingdonpress.com/product/9781501842597#.WsUQz4jwZdg
I hope that you feel joy as well, since, it is in large part due to Leland and the encouragement of the faculty, staff and students that we are even here. God blessed me with the right teachers, encourages and challengers at just the right time in my life and I am grateful to have had the seminary experience I did. Thank you! Please let me know if there is any way I can be of service by sharing some of what we’ve learned, encouraging, etc. I would really appreciate it if you would share this news with Leland Alumnae, students and supporters. I certainly know how important encouragement and knowing you aren’t “alone” in doing things differently can be.
CLASS IS CANCELED TONIGHT DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER! BE SAFE!
Have you ever thought of Lent as a yearly second chance? Each year we are given a specific time look into our lives to see if our values and priorities are in line with God’s desires for us. Since most of us find that we’ve wandered from God’s path, Lent becomes that second chance, or do-over, to “return to God with our whole heart.” Join us this year in worship!
We are offering an intensive, “Preaching with Power & Persuasion”, taught by Rev. Howard-John Wesley. The class will meet on Saturday’s starting 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/10. For more information about registration, please contact email@example.com
Minister Jacqueline Coker is an enthusiastic and innovative professional with extensive experience in Human Resources and Administrative roles. She spent over fifteen years working within the corporate and government workforce. The last nine of those years were spent working in the Information Technology field as a Senior Technical Recruiter. She holds a bachelor degree Business Administration concentration on Human Resources Management. She is a licensed minister at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA where she serves as in several ministries. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, teaching and baking.
With the holidays approaching you have enough time to shop at our brand new online Leland store. We’re so excited for our Leland family to represent this amazing seminary! Check out our store here http://footprintapparel.com/johnlelandstore
Leland will host a luncheon at the Baptist General Association of Virginia annual meeting in Hampton VA. The Leland luncheon gathering is as follows:
We had a very favorable and productive summer recruiting new students to Leland. In addition to our returning students, we have a total of 22 new students on our three campuses this semester. In Arlington, part of our recruiting success can be attributed to a special grant for scholarships that we were awarded by the Duke Street Trinity Baptist Memorial Foundation.
Trula Duane Scholarships went to new and returning students who are members of churches within the NorthStar Church Network. These very generous scholarships are guaranteed for the 2017-2018 academic year. We are always looking to bolster our scholarship offerings, so if your church or foundation would like to partner http://phentermine-med.com with us, please let us know!
Our successful recruiting summer has made our institution stronger. We have three new students at both our Southwest and Hampton Roads’ campuses. And, in Arlington, we have a total of 16 new students across our School of Ministry and Master’s degree programs. We solicit your continued prayers for all our new and returning students. Moreover, please continue to spread the word about the John Leland Center. We have found that undoubtedly our greatest recruiting tool is the word of mouth recommendations which come from our students, faculty, Trustees and Alumni. Thank you all for your steadfast support, prayers and encouragement!
Rev. J. Brent Walker has accepted the position of Interim President at The John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Arlington. Walker recently retired as Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, a position he held for 17 years.
Leland’s president, Dr. Mark Olson, had previously announced that he was resigning to accept the position of Senior Pastor of Haymarket Baptist Church but agreed to continue at Leland until an Interim President could be located. Olson has served as Leland’s president since 2007 and will serve through August.
In Walker, the Leland trustees have found a Baptist leader who is known throughout the country because of his leadership relating to religious freedom. A University of Florida graduate who also earned a J.D. from Stetson University College of Law and an M.Div. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Walker has been a tireless advocate for religious freedom for all people. He shares that passion with the school’s namesake, John Leland, who advocated for religious freedom in the nation’s earliest years. Before coming to the Baptist Joint Committee, Walker served as pastor of Richland Baptist Church in Falmouth, Kentucky. He is an ordained Baptist minister and active member at Columbia Baptist Church.
Walker is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar and counts among his many honors an induction into the Baylor University Alumni Association Hall of Fame, the Virginia First Freedom Award, the Adrian Westney Religious Liberty Award from the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Florida, and an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Leland in 2013. Olson said of Walker, “Leland is greatly blessed to find such a strong and widely respected leader. I feel confident that God will use Brent Walker to make Leland a stronger seminary.”
The John Leland Center was founded in 1998 as an evangelical Baptist seminary serving the greater Washington, D.C. area and Virginia. It features an international faculty with professors from Korea, Argentina, Ghana, Russia and Estonia. The student body is ethnically very diverse, with no ethnic group having a majority. The seminary is accredited with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) through 2022 and is a member of the prestigious Washington Theological Consorium.
About year ago I began preaching three Sundays a month at Haymarket Baptist Church and the experience has reminded me how much I enjoyed serving as a pastor. The church voted to call me as their new Senior Pastor and I have accepted their call. For that reason I am resigning as President of the John Leland Center for Theological Studies effective December 31, 2017. While Haymarket will immediately consider me their Senior Pastor, I will continue to serve full-time at Leland while preaching three Sundays a month at Haymarket. Only when I complete my work at Leland at the end of December will I transition to full-time work at Haymarket. I believe this will give our Trustee Board time to launch a search for a new permanent President and/or an Interim President if needed.
I want to personally thank each of you for the opportunity to serve with you for these past 10 years. It is a rare opportunity to lead a seminary as it prepares men and women to be leaders in Christian ministry, and I am honored to have served in this capacity. I pledge to give my very best efforts during the next six months to help the school thrive, recruit new students, and raise additional funding. I’m sure Trustee Chair Carl Biggs and I will communicate with you in greater detail about the next steps for our school.
The John Leland Center for Theological Studies
Presents our Fall 2017 All-School Gathering and Spiritual Formation Service
Saturday, August 26, 2017
John Leland Center
Main Campus – Arlington, VA