NOBTS caps 2013-2014 academic year with prison graduation

everrett welch cropBy Frank Michael McCormack

Behind a guard house and fences, past a security checkpoint and through two remotely-operated gates, 22 students of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s Leavell College gathered May 23 for the last commencement ceremony of the seminary’s 2013-2014 academic year.

The students — all inmates of the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman — received associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in Christian ministry from Leavell College. Many were surrounded by family members and fellow inmate students, with representatives also on hand from the Mississippi Department of Corrections, Mississippi Baptist Convention and New Orleans Baptist Seminary. Continue reading

Kelley’s SBC report

NOBTS President Chuck Kelley issues his annual report to SBC messengers in Houston June 12.
NOBTS President Chuck Kelley issues his annual report to SBC messengers in Houston June 12.

HOUSTON—New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Chuck Kelley delivered a word of determination, innovation and growth to SBC messengers in his annual report June 12. Continue reading

NOBTS receives ‘providential gift’

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Chuck Kelley announced details of a $1.5 million gift to NOBTS from an anonymous donor and other scholarship gifts for bivocational and African American students during the trustee executive committee’s June meeting. Continue reading