A message from Rev. Walker

The John Leland Center appeals to its friends and supporters for gifts only twice a year. I asked for your help in April; thank you for responding. We need your help at year’s end, too!
Yes, part of Leland’s annual budget is funded by wonderful denominational partners — particularly, the Baptist General Association of Virginia, District of Columbia Baptist Convention, and Northstar Network, including many churches. Another part is from tuition payments from students and scholarships. But, without that third leg — gifts from friends like you — Leland cannot stand. We’ll not be able to make ends meet, let alone thrive robustly in the future.

This is an exciting time — a time of transition — at Leland. The trustees and faculty are making plans to take Leland to new heights. These include, among other things, a vision to enter the realm of online, distance teaching and learning without which small, free-standing, seminaries like Leland cannot survive nowadays. The details have yet to be worked out and therefore announcements are presently premature, but I am sure you would agree that the potential for Leland is bright.

By the way, speaking of the future, Leland this fall is entering its third decade! Can you believe we’ve had twenty wonderful, productive years of preparing students to proclaim the gospel and to promote God’s Kingdom in so many different ways?

Also, on a personal note, my interim presidency will conclude at this calendar year’s end. It will have been an honor and privilege to have served Leland for 16 – plus months. Thank you for being so supportive of my ministry here at Leland.

Again, won’t you please make a generous gift to help meet Leland’s current budget needs and invest in Leland’s future? We appreciate you!

J. Brent Walker
Interim President


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