BJC Fellows Program

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The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty Fellows Program is for young professionals interested in deepening their legal, historical and theological understanding of religious liberty.

For each class, 10 Baptist Joint Committee Fellows (“BJC Fellows”) are selected from diverse educational, professional and religious backgrounds. They must commit to being advocates for religious liberty in their houses of worship and communities. 

After completing the BJC Fellows Seminar, each BJC Fellow will serve as a liaison between the BJC and their communities. They are expected to use their skills to seek out and accept opportunities for public engagement, such as leading educational sessions, writing op-eds and using social media to advance the cause of religious liberty.

The applications for the 2018 class will be available before the end of 2017.

2017 BJC Fellows

The third class of BJC Fellows gathered in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, July 26-30, 2017. The participants came from nine different states and the District of Columbia, and they had different Baptist conventions and affiliations, and one non-Christian background. Whether returning to their professional lives working for a house of worship, advocacy organization, or educational institution, the 2017 class of BJC Fellows showed great commitment to furthering the cause of religious liberty, as well as an impressive aptitude for leaning in to the historical and legal contexts.

Meet the 2017 BJC Fellows

2017 Class

2016 BJC Fellows

The second class of BJC Fellows gathered in Colonial Williamsburg July 27-30, 2016. The participants came from nine different states and brought their unique backgrounds and perspectives to the program as they engaged with BJC staff, historical interpreters and other experts. 

Meet the 2016 BJC Fellows

2016 Class



2015 BJC Fellows

The inaugural BJC Fellows Program began the tradition of equipping young professionals for a lifetime of religious liberty advocacy. Watch the video to learn more about how the program impacted those involved. 


Meet the 2015 BJC Fellows

2015 Class