President's Blog

Monday, September 15, 2014

Embracing Immigrant Churches

The early founders of Central, Euro-American Baptists from Kansas and Missouri, had a vision for preparing women and men as ministers and missionaries, knowing of the need for congregational leaders here in the heartland.

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My Experience:

Paw Lu

I belong to the Kachin ethnic group in Myanmar. I am now serving as an associate minister at a Baptist church in Kachin State, which is in the northern part of Myanmar.  We have...

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My Experience:

Paw Lu


I belong to the Kachin ethnic group in Myanmar. I am now serving as an associate minister at a Baptist church in Kachin State, which is in the northern part of Myanmar.  We have over 7000 church members at my church.

I have been in ministry for over 17 years. I know that in order to lead my congregation effectively, I need more education. I believe that this D.Min. program will enhance my ministry today and into the future.

Learning together with other students from Myanmar has been very valuable for me. I have enjoyed living together. I have also learned from the Shawnee D.Min. students as well.  It is good to be able to appreciate each other’s cultures and ministry experiences.

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Embracing Immigrant Churches

The early founders of Central, Euro-American Baptists from Kansas and Missouri, had a vision for preparing women and men as ministers and missionaries, knowing of the need for congregational leaders here in the heartland.

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My Experience:

Gary Green

I am currently in my second year in Brite Divinity School’s Ph.D. program in Pastoral Theology. The program is enriching and challenging, and is allowing me to explore research questions that have deep implications...

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My Experience:

Gary Green


I am currently in my second year in Brite Divinity School’s Ph.D. program in Pastoral Theology. The program is enriching and challenging, and is allowing me to explore research questions that have deep implications for me both vocationally and personally. Little did I know at the time of my matriculation, Central’s create program was preparing me for this unique experience. The curriculum of create, and the culture of Central, nurtured my deep interests in theological education, and equipped me for meaningful ministerial engagement. Because of create’s focus on praxis and innovative ministry involvement, I found myself uniquely positioned for various levels of engagement with the Church, communities, and the wider global context.

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Embracing Immigrant Churches

The early founders of Central, Euro-American Baptists from Kansas and Missouri, had a vision for preparing women and men as ministers and missionaries, knowing of the need for congregational leaders here in the heartland.

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My Experience:

Corey Fields

I am passionate about leading “the church on the move.” My joy is to see followers of Christ actively engaged in using their gifts, and blazing trails in effectively reaching the world with the...

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My Experience:

Corey Fields


I am passionate about leading “the church on the move.”

My joy is to see followers of Christ actively engaged in using their gifts, and blazing trails in effectively reaching the world with the transforming power of the gospel. As a servant leader of Christ’s church, I want to do for others what my leaders and mentors did for me: facilitate that transformational connection between life on the ground and scripture/theology.

I see the Christian faith as a journey, a way of life. Many people can affirm that “church” is the people, not the building, but were that to become a reality in how we actually function, the church would be transformed. I’m fond of using the designation “follower of Christ.” As I read the gospels, the essence of the call of Jesus is action: going, sending, doing.

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