Central Seminary Congratulates Kelly Moreland Jones on receiving the Ircel Harrison Theological Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded at the TNCBF General Assembly meeting in Memphis, April 27-28. It was established in 2000 by the Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship to honor former TNCBF Coordinator, Harrison, for his strong support of theological education in Tennessee CBF Life, including being instrumental in establishing the Murfreesboro, Tennessee, teaching site of Central Seminary, Moreland Jones, a current Central Seminary student who is in the Women’s Leadership Initiative Master of Divinity program in Tennessee, will receive $1000 towards her seminary education. The WLI seeks to instill skills and competencies that will empower the women students preparing for ministry to break through the stained class ceiling. Among churches related to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship only 6.5% are pastored by women; among American Baptist, below 10%.
Qualities for those considered for this scholarship include Christian commitment, potential for church ministry leadership, emotional and spiritual maturity, and interpersonal relationship skills.
Dr. Eileen Campell-Reed, Coordinator for Coaching, Mentoring, and Internship and Associate Professor of Practical Theology for Central Seminary in Tennessee, says she believes “Kelly is on the way to becoming an outstanding pastor leader.”
Kelly’s pastor, Dr. Frank R. Lewis of First Baptist Church of Nashville, says, “she is exactly the kind of candidate who should be awarded the Ircel Harrison Theological Scholarship. As a woman, one who is brilliant, articulate, and already accomplished in many ways, her pursuit of theological training at this stage in her life is evidence of her commitment to prepare to follow the call of Christ.”