CU to Hear General Secretary of Baptist World Alliance at Chapel

By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator


CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Neville Callam, general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance, will present an address as part of Campbellsville University’s “Baptist Heritage Series” at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, in the Ransdell Chapel.

Callam, an ordained minister and graduate of the United Theological College of the West Indies, The University of the West Indies, Harvard Divinity School, is a specialist in Christian ethics and theology.

The address is part of CU’s chapel service and is open to the public.

He will also speak in the service at Campbellsville Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m.

Callam was elected general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance by the BWA General Council during its meeting in Accra, Ghana, West Africa, on July 6, 2007. A Jamaican, Callam was a BWA vice president from 2000 to 2005, and has served on numerous committees, commissions and workgroups of the BWA, including the general council and executive committee.

Callam was president of the Jamaica Baptist Union (JBU) between 1985 and 1987 and from 2000 to 2002, and has held all senior positions in the Jamaican convention, including that of general treasurer and acting general secretary. He is a former vice president of the Caribbean Baptist Fellowship.

A media manager, he founded, managed and chaired the board of the religious radio station, The Breath of Change (TBC FM), was a founding director of the National Religious Media Company of Jamaica which operates LOVE FM and LOVE TV, and was chairman of the board of the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica, a public statutory organization. He is also a former chairman of the Media Commission of the JBU which has responsibility for the denomination’s radio ministry, Web site, newspaper and all publications.

An educator, Callam taught at the United Theological College of the West Indies, the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology, Jamaica Theological Seminary and as a guest lecturer at Barbados Baptist College. He sat on the University Council of Jamaica, the country’s accreditation body for colleges and universities.

Callam has authored five books and has also published articles in academic journals as well as several book chapters.  He has spoken at fora, symposia, seminars and workshops in many countries.

An ordained minister since 1977, Callam gave his life to the Lord in his teen years and grew up in a strong Baptist family where his father was a church deacon and his mother was involved in various church ministries. Callam has served the Grace/Mineral Heights Circuit and the Tarrant/Balmagie Circuit of churches in Jamaica as senior pastor.

Callam is married to Dulcie, his wife of more than 30 years, and they have two adult children, son, Gairy, and daughter, Diedre.

Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,601 students who represent 93 Kentucky counties, 27 states and 31 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2009 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 22nd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South for the second consecutive year. CU has been ranked 16 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges®. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his tenth year as president.

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