NORTHERN PARTNERS WITH THE BGAV TO TRAIN PASTORAL LEADERS

For Callie (CJ) Revere, being involved in a local church has always been part of her life. “I was raised that Sunday morning was set aside for Sunday school and worship,” she says. “My parents took the time to invest in my spiritual wellbeing. I professed my faith when I was 14 but never fully understood what it meant to follow Christ until I became active in the church.”

Revere’s home church in Topping, Virginia, is a member of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV). She grew up knowing about the organization and what she describes as its “many amazing programs.” And through BGAV she found a connection to Northern Seminary, where she is currently enrolled in the Master of Divinity program.

In 2019, BGAV and Northern Seminary formed a partnership for distance education. Through interactive live-streaming classes and local intensive gatherings, Northern delivers accessible theological education to students in Virginia. Students can choose a Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, or Certificate program, plus one of several specializations.

“I love that BGAV has partnered up with Northern,” Revere says. “It makes me feel comfortable about attending.” The partnership has also allowed her to pursue further education while continuing to serve and lead at her church.

Over the years Revere has been active in numerous ministry roles, including teaching children and youth in Sunday school and working with Vacation Bible School, music camps, and other events for children. She is currently a serving deacon and part of multiple teams at her church. As she puts it, “I guess you can say I wear many hats.”

“As someone who works full time and still volunteers at her church during the week, Northern Seminary was a perfect fit,” Revere says. “The capability of having classes and a complete Master of Divinity program online was the selling point for me, and I love that women can go through this program without feeling like they should not be in ministry. Plus, I have a dear friend who is my minister who said this might be a good fit for you.”

Of her time in the MDiv program, she says, “I absolutely have enjoyed this entire experience so far. I must say I have had to think a bit outside of the box and my comfort zone, but it has been a true blessing that God has given me this opportunity to serve him in a new way.”

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