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.

Stories from the 2017 class are coming soon, and the applications for the 2018 class will be available before the end of 2017.

Read about the experiences of the 2015 and 2016 classes.

The 2017 class completed the BJC Fellows Seminar in July 2017. Return to this page in the future to learn more about their experiences


What does it mean to be a BJC Fellow? It means that you will join a group of religious liberty advocates from across the country dedicated to the separation of church and state. We encourage young professionals from all faith traditions (or no faith tradition) to apply. Learn more by watching the video below. 

Slideshow of BJC Fellows

Take a look at some of the experiences of the first two classes of BJC Fellows during their time in Colonial Williamsburg.

Each BJC Fellows Program involves a multi-day seminar at the historic site in Virginia, and the seminar includes tours of the grounds led by historians and classroom visits from historical interpreters.

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. 

Learn about the latest group of 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. 

Learn about previous BJC Fellows

2015 Class