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 →
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 →