Forsyth County 68th Baptist Training Institute Launches Virtual Session

The 68th Forsyth County Baptist Training Institute, organized by the Rowan Baptist Forsyth County Missionary Union, is launching the 2022 virtual session, “Our Mission in Service to the Present Age.” Please join class and worship at 6 p.m. each weeknight from Monday, April 25 through Friday, April 29. This year, Rev. Frederick L. Barnes, Jr., pastor of Antioch Baptist Church, will serve as host pastor and share an inspirational message each evening.

Adult class instructors will focus on discussions to engage each group as they study “To Serve This Present Age – Social Justice Ministries in the Black Church”, authors Danielle L. Ayers and Reginald W. Williams.

Classes are sponsored by the Forsyth County Missionary Union: President, Lynda Breeden; vice-presidents, Gloria Morgan-Flowers, Carolyn Kerns and Carolyn Thompson; and co-sponsored by the Baptist Ministers’ Fellowship: President, Reverend James Fullwood; the Ushers’ Union: President, Mr. Bobby Clinkscales; the Sunday School Union: President, Mr. Marcus Neal; and the Health & Wellness Guild: President, Min. Rochelle Martin. Classes will meet for deacons and trustees.

All churches and friends in the community and surrounding area are invited to participate every evening. Join this Zoom event by phone, computer or tablet. More information such as connections to access the Baptist Training Institute and event details can be found in our flyer. To request a flyer, email [email protected]

The instructors and courses are as follows:

The pastors and ministers class will be taught by Reverend Ronald Speas, pastor of the New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church. Reverend Speas, active in Christian ministry for over 25 years, has taught at a variety of venues including North Carolina State Baptist General Convention, Yadkin Valley Baptist Association, High Point Educational, Missionary Baptist Association and the Forsyth County Sunday School Union. He is second vice moderator of HPEMBA and vice president of the Winston-Salem Baptist Ministers’ Conference.

The administrator class instructor, Mrs. Marilyn James, is a graduate of Forsyth Technical Community College. She is a member of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church and a member of the Galilee Board of Trustees. There she serves as a trustee and provides biblical training for trustee ministry. She also teaches at the Forsyth County Sunday School Union.

The Sunday School Union class instructor for superintendents and teachers, Minister Velma McCloud, is an associate minister at Piney Grove Baptist Church. She is a member of the missionary, intercessory prayer and prison ministries. She is a counselor with the Young Adult Ministry and teaches Sunday School.

The Usher’s Union class will be led by Mr. Rodney McCormick, a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. There he served as president of the Senior Usher Board, superintendent of Sunday School, and director of the Vacation Bible School. Currently, he is the associate dean of the North Carolina State Baptist General Convention. He graduated from NC A&T State University and the University of Kentucky.

The Health and Wellbeing Guild (formerly known as the Nurses Guild) will be taught by Ms. Sharon Roberts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management and a Master of Arts in Management from Ashford University. Ms. Roberts is a member of the New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church where she serves on the Ministry of Health and is president of the Alms for Christ missionary ministry. She is currently employed at the Forsyth County Public Health Department as a Community Fitness and Wellness Center. Coordinator, Adult Health Educator and NC Minority Diabetes Prevention Coordinator for Region 3. She is the current Vice President of the Forsyth County Union Health and Wellness Guild.

The Deacon class will be taught by Deacon Christopher Brooks who also led the class last year. He describes himself as a born-again believer in Jesus Christ. He is currently president of the deacons at Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Walkertown. He is a Sunday school and evening Bible study teacher.

The main missionary instructor is Mrs. Sheila Sullivan of the New Jerusalem Baptist Church. She was a teacher at the institute for several years. Ms. Sullivan is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University and Vintage Bible College and Seminary, where she earned continuing education credits and certificates in missions, Christian education, youth ministries, young adults, the elderly and women.

The young adult missionary teacher is Dr. Cynthia Dixon, who accepted the call to ministry in December 1994. She is associated with First Waughtown Baptist Church. Dr. Dixon is committed to becoming a disciple. She has served faithfully in many capacities, including youth church teacher, missionary, Bible study teacher, and vacation Bible school teacher. She is the founder and CEO of Cynthia Dixon Ministries, Inc. A A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Dixon earned a master’s degree in theology from Shaw University, a master’s degree from Gardner-Webb University, and a doctorate from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. She is employed by the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System in the Careers and Technical Department.

Young people are especially invited to attend this Zoom event on Thursday and Friday evenings. The youth monitors are eager to share these dynamic topics.

The Missionary Youth Messengers class (ages 15-20) will study “You Are My Witness – Sharing Jesus in the 21st Century”. This course will be led by Dr. Jeremiah Shipp, a member of Love and Faith Christian Fellowship Church in Greensboro. At Love and Faith CFC, he is a ministry director, providing leadership, training, and many supportive ministries within his church family. Dr. Shipp completed his education at Tennessee State University, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration, a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Carolina University in Winston-Salem, and a Doctor of Education from Texas A&M University in Commerce, Texas. . He declares, as he teaches and preaches the Word of God, that he strives to see people saved, delivered, and equipped for the work of the ministry.

The Missionary Youth in Action class will welcome participants ages 9-14, as they study “The Fruit of the Spirit.” The instructor, Reverend Michelle Hudson, is an associate minister of the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church who serves in youth ministries and as president of young adult missionaries. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from NC State University in Raleigh. Reverend Hudson teaches in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system and serves as the youth supervisor for the Forsyth County Missionary Union.

“Developing the Heart of a Servant,” for young missionaries up to age 8, will be taught by Reverend Clara Goode, associate minister of Morning Star Baptist Church. She has been in children’s ministry for over 40 years. An instructor at Vintage Bible College and Seminary, Reverend Goode conducts seminars entitled “Leading a Child to Christ”, “Teaching Children in the 21st Century”, and various other workshops. She teaches at the High Point Educational and Missionary Association Youth Tract and the General Baptist State Convention Youth Division.

Baptist Training Institute Director Nancy Green, a member of Red Bank Baptist Church, welcomes returning and new attendees from Forsyth County, Rockingham County, Alamance County and surrounding areas. For connections to access the Baptist Training Institute, email [email protected]

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