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Baptist Training Institute begins next week

Baptist Training Institute begins next week
April 19
17:19 2018

The 65th annual Forsyth Countywide Baptist Training Institute will be held on Monday, April 23, through Friday, April 27, at 6:30-8:30 p.m. nightly at First Baptist Church, 700 N. Highland Ave. inWinston-Salem. The theme will be: “Stand Victorious.” 

The traditional spirit-filled Wednesday night worship service will be at 7:30 p.m.  Rev. Paul R. Ford, pastor of First Baptist Church, will bring the message. 

On Friday morning, we will participate in Community Outreach projects at Forest Park Elementary with donated school supplies; missionary volunteers will become “Reading Buddies” at Petree Elementary School; Brian’s Place, a transition facility for ex-offenders, and the Jail & Prison Ministry will also receive donated items.  Everyone attending the Institute will contribute to these outreach projects.

Friday night will conclude the week of study with each class participating in the closing program.

The public is invited to come be a part of this training experience.

The Baptist Training Institute, under the direction of the Woman’s Baptist Home & Foreign Missionary Convention of N.C. is sponsored locally by the Forsyth County Missionary Union, Priscilla Dixon, president; the Baptist Ministers’ Conference, Rev. Dr. James Fulwood, president; the Forsyth County Deacons’ Union Ministry, Deacon Evelena Clayborn, president; the Forsyth County Sunday School Union,  Catherine Crawford, president; the Forsyth County United Ushers’ Union, William Holloway, president; and the Forsyth County Nurses’ Guild,  Azalee Huffin, president.

All churches in the community and surrounding areas are invited to attend and participate nightly in the classes taught by outstanding leaders and ministers who are committed to Christian service as well as Christian education.

The Senior Missionary instructor is Sheila Sullivan of New Jerusalem Baptist Church.  She has been an Institute instructor for the Woman’s Baptist Home & Foreign Missionary Convention of N.C. for several years.  She has earned degrees from Winston-Salem State University and Vintage Bible College & Seminary with continuing education training and certificates in missions, Christian education, Youth, Young Adult Senior and Women Ministries. 

Jeanette Huntley, Forsyth County Youth supervisor, is a Winston-Salem State University graduate.  At United Metropolitan Baptist Church, where she is a member, she teaches Sunday school and is the assistant superintendent.  She is a youth leader and one of the youth instructors.

Glenda Wilson and Gloria Brown are also Youth Missionary instructors.  Wilson, a teacher in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools system, is a member of Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, where she serves as a dedicated youth leader.  She is also a Youth supervisor in the Forsyth County Missionary Union.   Brown has been a dedicated member at Shiloh Baptist Church for many years.  Being a missionary since her youth and well-trained in that field, she continues to be an active and committed Missionary youth leader at Shiloh and the Forsyth County Missionary Union.

Rev. Dr. Lester Boyd, the pastor of Friendship Baptist Church, will lead the study for the Young Adult Missionary class.  A graduate of N.C. Central University with studies at Tuskegee, he gained his Christian education at New Hope Bible College and Liberty University, earning degrees in pastoral counseling and a master’s and doctorate degrees in biblical studies.  He has been in the ministry for 18 years and the pastor of Friendship for four years.

Rev. Dr. James Linville has been the pastor of Piney Grove Baptist Church for 28 years and will instruct the Ministers’ Conference class.  He completed his education at Piedmont Bible College and Winston-Salem State University. He has also authored several books.

Dr. Valarie Morrow of Chapel Hill, N.C., a graduate of UNC School of Medicine with coursework for a Master of Divinity at Duke University, will instruct the Deacons’ Ministry class. Dr. Morrow is an ordained minister at Bethel Family Worship Center with Bishop George Bloomer and has taught Religion and Health at Duke University and Health and Healing courses in Bible colleges. 

Minister Velma McCloud serves as associate minister at Piney Grove Baptist church.  She is a member of the Missionary, Intercessory Prayer and Prison ministries.  She serves as adviser to the Young Adult Ministry and is a Sunday school teacher.   She will instruct the Sunday School Union class.

Dean Dr. James M. Lewis Jr., a retired pastor with 30 years in the ministry, is the instructor for the Forsyth County United Ushers’ Union.  He is a Christian Education consultant, dean for the Forsyth County Sunday School Union and assistant dean for the Congress of Christian Education.  Dean Lewis is an associate minister of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church.

Emma Cash, a member of Greater Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, will lead the Forsyth County Nurses’ Guild in their study.  She has been in the church nurse ministry for more than 26 years, was the former president of the Guild and has taught proper church nurse procedure classes in several churches.  She has had training in Texas and in Tennessee.

For more information, email Nancy Green, Institute Director, at ndgrn@nullbellsouth.net  or call

Priscilla Dixon at (336) 992-3751.

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