2017 Baptist Joint Committee Fellows

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty welcomed the third class of BJC Fellows in 2017. The BJC Fellows Program offers young professionals the opportunity to deepen their historical, theological and legal understanding of religious liberty and develop skills to advocate for the cause throughout their careers.

The 2017 BJC Fellows (L-R): Courtney Pace (Memphis, Tennessee), Charles Carrington (Edgewater, Maryland), Stephanie Renee Ellis (Russellville, Arkansas), Kristen Nielsen Donnelly (Yardley, Pennsylvania), Corey Mitchell (Raleigh, North Carolina), Meriah VanderWeide (Sioux Falls, South Dakota), Kathryn Freeman (Austin, Texas), Sofi Hersher (Washington, D.C.), Libby Mae Grammer (Richmond, Virginia), Aurelia Davila Pratt (Cedar Park, Texas).

On July 26-30, 2017, ten BJC Fellows from across the country gathered in Colonial Williamsburg for an intensive seminar. BJC staff, historical interpreters and other experts led them in conversations and lessons about religious liberty and advocacy. Like the previous classes of BJC Fellows, the 2017 group has committed to being advocates for religious liberty in their communities. Click here to read more about this class of BJC Fellows in Report from the Capital.

Click through the gallery on the right to see scenes from the 2017 BJC Fellows Seminar. For more photos, visit our Facebook. Videos taken from the seminar will also be posted soon.

Meet the 2017 BJC Fellows


Aurelia Davila Pratt is reminded why preserving religious liberty is necessary.


 Corey Mitchell found his BJC Fellows Seminar experience to be “life-changing.”


Sofi Hersher is grateful to help strengthen interfaith bonds.

Apply to be a 2018 BJC Fellow!

To learn how to become a BJC Fellow, click here. There is no religious requirement for the program; those with six years or less experience in their profession are eligible. Applications for the 2018 program will open in mid-November.