Historical Society taking applications for Fellows program

Since 2003, 22 college students have explored ties between Baptist heritage and contemporary culture.

By Robert Dilday

College sophomores and juniors have until March 15 to apply to be Heritage Fellows at the Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies at the University of Richmond.

Since 2003, the program has annually enlisted 22 Baptist students from nine colleges and universities in Virginia. Fellows, who receive a $3,000 stipend, study the ties between Baptist history and heritage and society, and complete a project published by the Heritage Center. Projects have included local church polity, worship styles, stewardship, social ministry, compassionate ministries, peacemaking and ethnic and language diversity.

Recently two Heritage Fellows contributed to a history of partnership missions in Virginia.  Another transcribed Civil War sermons for publication in a new book titled Powerful Preachers. The current class is interviewing persons engaged in church planting.

Applications are being taken for the 2014-15 class. Full information on criteria, qualifications, application procedure and awards can be found at www.baptistheritage.org. The deadline is March 15.