Featured Speaker: Dr. Neville George Callam, General Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Baptist World Alliance, was born in St. Ann, Jamaica. His training for the Christian ministry took him to the ecumenical United Theological College of the West Indies, the University of the West Indies, and Harvard Divinity School. Ordained to the Christian ministry by the Jamaica Baptist Union (JBU) in 1977, Dr. Callam has served in pastorates in May Pen and Kingston, Jamaica. He has held many leadership positions JBU including vice-president, president, treasurer, and acting general secretary. He is also a former vice president of the Caribbean Baptist Fellowship, one of the six regional fellowships of the Baptist World Alliance. In 2007, he became the first person from the Global South to be appointed as the general secretary and chief executive officer of the BWA, thereby becoming the first church leader from the Caribbean to lead a Christian World Communion. Author or editor of seven books, the most recent beingPursuing Unity and Defending Rights: The Baptist World Alliance at Work(2010), Dr. Callam has made presentations at fora, symposia, seminars, workshops and services of worship in more than 70 countries. He was one of the electoral observers serving on behalf of the United Nations in the elections in South Africa in 1994 which saw Nelson Mandela becoming President of that country. Married to Dulcie Allison for more than thirty years, the Callams are the proud parents of two adult children, Diedre and Gairy, who with his wife Taniquea, has qualified them as happy grandparents of two girls, Krista and Kari.
6:30 P.M. Banquet Hall of the Badgett Academic Support Center
Wednesday, March 25 – Chapel Presentation – 10:00 A.M. – Ransdell Chapel