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The BJC Fellows
BJC Fellows come from diverse educational, professional and religious backgrounds to learn in an intensive education program that equips them for advocacy to protect religious liberty.
Since 2015, BJC has offered the BJC Fellows Program, providing 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.
We welcomed the 6th class of BJC Fellows to Colonial Williamsburg in 2021. We will next accept BJC Fellows applications in fall of 2021, which will be for the class of 2022. Return to this page in the future for details.
“I was encouraged to step outside of my comfort zone and engage in advocacy work and the promotion of religious liberty for all Americans; not just the black Baptists in my local congregation, but every denomination represented in these great United States, including the non-believer.”
2017 BJC Fellow
“At the end of the BJC Fellows Seminar, we left feeling equipped and empowered to contribute our gifts and talents to the important work of defending and extending religious liberty for all within our respective spheres of influence, and we know there is still a lot of work to be done.”
2018 BJC Fellow
“I know that this is just the beginning of a journey of advocating for religious liberty in my community and with the other BJC Fellows. I am excited to begin to invest more in my local government and advocacy efforts, hoping to bring my knowledge of religious liberty to my local context.”
2016 BJC Fellow
Meet the BJC Fellows
“Religious liberty is about so much more than simply allowing people to worship. It’s about their fundamental right to exist — to be human.”
Brent Newberry / 2018 BJC Fellow
“As a BJC Fellow, I have access to resources, experiences, and a network in which I too can respond and advocate for the protection of religious liberty for all.”
Erika Perez / 2018 BJC Fellow
“What the BJC Fellows Seminar taught me, more than anything else, is the dynamism and intricacy of lived Christianity in the United States.”
Sofi Hersher / 2017 BJC Fellow