By BJC Staff Reports

The Baptist Joint Committee will launch the BJC Fellows Program in 2015, 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.

Ten BJC Fellows will be selected from diverse educational, professional and religious backgrounds. They must commit to being advocates for religious liberty in their communities after they attend the inaugural BJC Fellows Seminar – a four-day education program at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. The seminar will equip the BJC Fellows for activism, utilizing Colonial Williamsburg’s educational resources in conjunction with preeminent scholars and BJC staff members.

“Central to our mission is the critical need to develop the next generation of religious liberty advocates,” said BJC Executive Director J. Brent Walker. “While we continue to have great success connecting with groups through educational sessions in our Center for Religious Liberty and visiting campuses and churches across the country, we want to develop supporters who can educate others about these issues.”

The application process will require a cover letter, CV or resume, responses to a short questionnaire and two letters of recommendation. There are no religious requirements, and applicants must have less than six years of experience in their current profession.

The invitation for applications for the BJC Fellows Program will be released Jan. 5, 2015, and are due Feb. 15. The inaugural BJC Fellows Seminar will be held July 29-Aug. 2, 2015, and the program covers most travel costs, as well as lodging and meals for the BJC Fellows.

For more details on the program and application process, visit


From the November/December 2014 Report From the Capital. Click here to read the next article.