Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Day at the School of Divinity

Representatives from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) joined the Wake Forest University School of Divinity community on Tuesday, March 27 for CBF Day in celebration of the partnership and shared mission each are dedicated to in theological education. Several CBF staff from Atlanta and North Carolina gathered with School of Divinity students, faculty, and staff for chapel, community lunch, and conversation.

In Tuesday’s chapel service, third year Master of Divinity student Rodney Pilson delivered a message on Psalm 71:1-14 in which he exclaimed that hope is not simply wishful thinking, but “truly a gift from God that transcends our own lives when we hope with expectation, because God is our hope.”

The mission of CBF is to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission. By supporting seminary students with scholarship assistance and ministerial experience, CBF is influencing future leaders who will make a difference in congregations and communities. 

Second year Master of Divinity student, Chris Hughes, who is a recipient of the CBF Leaders Scholarship and CBF NC Theological Education Scholarship, expressed how grateful he was for their generosity, “Through the support of CBF in my studies at Wake Forest, I have been challenged in an academic environment where faculty are not only experts in their field but also grounded in the work of the church.”


Pictured above are members of the CBF and CBF North Carolina (CBF NC) staff who participated in the visit day. From left: Rev. Ka’thy Gore Chappell, Leadership Development Coordinator for CBF NC; Dr. Larry Hovis, Executive Coordinator for CBF-NC; Allison Gallimore, Administrative Assistant for CBF NC; Rev. Shonda Jones, Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Services at the School of Divinity; Rev. Laura Barclay, Social Ministries Coordinator for CBF NC and School of Divinity alum (2008); George Pickle, Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling Endorser for CBF; Clarissa Strickland, Missional Connections Specialist for CBF; Dr. Jack Causey, Ministerial Resources Coordinator for CBF NC; and Rev. Linda Jones, Missions Coordinator for CBF NC.

About the Wake Forest University School of Divinity

Admitting its first students in 1999, the School of Divinity at Wake Forest University is a young and dynamic theological institution that prepares men and women to minister in a rapidly changing world. Drawing on the Baptist heritage of “soul freedom,” the School of Divinity is intentionally ecumenical and open to a variety of viewpoints.  Our goal is to prepare women and men from diverse theological and religious perspectives for faithful and transformative service in a wide array of ministries. 


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