posted on May 16, 2011 15:01
Caitlin Jones, a student at Campbell University Divinity School, was one of 20 seminary students in the United States and Canada recently selected as a 2011 Ministry Fellow by The Fund for Theological Education (FTE). One hundred eighty students from 70 seminaries were nominated for this top honor. Jones, a native of Fayetteville, NC, has just completed her first year at Campbell and is working toward a Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling dual degree.
The Ministry Fellow award requires an 18-month commitment that culminates in a self-designed ministry project. It includes a $10,000 stipend to cover project expenses as well as educational and travel expenses. According to the FTE website, “ FTE is the only national, ecumenical, nonprofit organization dedicated to finding and supporting tomorrow’s Christian leaders—pastors and theological educators who serve the common good.” The 2011 class of Ministry Fellows represents the fifth year of this program for the FTE. Writing to Jones, Kim Hearn, director of the program, says, “Our fundamental aim is two-fold: to foster your own individual identity as a ministerial leader and to cultivate a community of leaders for the church.”
“We are so proud of Caitlin for receiving this fellowship,” says Dr. Andrew H. Wakefield, Dean of the Campbell University Divinity School. “She is an exceptionally gifted person and very deserving of this honor. We are eager to see how she develops her ministry project in the months ahead.” Deans or Presidents of the 253 member schools who are accredited by the Association of Theological Schools are allowed to nominate up to three students each year who are first-year, full-time Master of Divinity students with a seminary GPA of at least 3.3 and are age 35 or younger. In addition to the ministry formation project they design and implement, the Ministry Fellows participate in two conventions, one to help prepare them for their ministry project and one to give them the opportunity to report on their projects and develop them for future presentations.
Jones, 23, is a graduate of Samford University, Birmingham, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies. She is a member of Lafayette Baptist Church, Fayetteville.