Alums Named CBF Fellows

Courtney Allen (MDiv ’10), John Callaway (MDiv ’12), Alex Gallimore (MDiv  ’12), and Matthew Johnson (MDiv  ’10) have recently been named Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) Fellows. As a part of the fellowship program, they will receive support, resources and encouragement during their first year of full-time ministry.

  • Rev. Courtney Allen currently serves as the Minister of Community Ministry and Missions at First Baptist Church Dalton in Georgia. You can read more about her in her “fieldnotes on life, the church, and ministry” on her blog, On Seeing the Sacred.
  • Rev. John Callaway currently serves as the Minister of Youth and Families at First Baptist Church Greenville, South Carolina. He is also a singer/songwriter, and is the lead musician for the John Callaway Band.
  • Rev. Alex Gallimore currently serves at the Senior Pastor of Hester Baptist Church in Oxford, North Carolina. He is also a columnist for the Religious Herald, which provides news, analysis and resources for Baptists, and other religious audiences, in the Mid-Atlantic region. Gallimore’s columns are posted on the Hearld’s website and in their print publication.
  • Rev. Matthew Johnson is currently Pastor at First Baptist Church of Smithton in Belhaven, North Carolina.

The Fellows program has been made possible through a grant from the Religion Division of the Lilly Endowment Inc. and is being conducted in partnership with the Center for Congregational Health and Center for Teaching Churches at Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology. Part of the program’s first cohort, they will begin gathering in the fall of 2012 for two years for continuing education events. They will also engage in conference calls four times a year and have access to local peer learning groups and professional coaching. “The CBF Fellows program is designed to create a space where ‘first call’ ministers can reflect on their calling and how to live out that calling in their congregations,” said Terry Hamrick, the Fellowship’s coordinator of missional visioning.

For more information on the Fellowships or to apply, visit


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