BJC Fellows Program

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Baptist Joint Committee Fellows (BJC Fellows) come from diverse educational, professional and religious backgrounds, to learn in an intensive education program that equips them for advocacy. BJC Fellows should have less than six years of experience in their current profession (we’ve had clergy members, lawyers, educators, business owners, doctoral students, and more!), and they must commit to being religious liberty advocates in the future. There are no religious requirements necessary to be a BJC Fellow — early-career professionals from any or no religious background are welcome.


Applications for 2019 BJC Fellows are now closed

Connect with BJC Fellows across the country, and watch the program for the 2018 Religious Liberty Council Luncheon, featuring BJC Fellows from the first four classes.

Since 2015, the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty has offered the BJC Fellows Program, offering 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. For questions, contact Director of Education Charles Watson Jr. at

2018 BJC Fellows

The fourth class of BJC Fellows gathered in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, in July 2018. Learn more about the 2018 class by clicking the below button.

Meet the 2018 BJC Fellows

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 a variety of denominational and religious backgrounds. 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, and we look forward to seeing what they will accomplish!

Meet the 2017 BJC Fellows

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



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