Husband-and-wife deans at Baylor University, David and Diana Garland, have joined seminary and social work forces and been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to educate and equip indigenous church leaders for effective, holistic ministry in their home cultures.
Robin and Lee began their journey twenty-five years ago when they married and began life and ministry together in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. When Robin was ten years old, she received her call to ministry. She says that it was not specific, but it was present in her heart and mind. She attended Carson-Newman College in hope of attaining a music degree in voice and piano, but the church she grew up in did not affirm her call to music ministry because she is a woman. She says, "that is what I really wanted to do, what I felt like I was supposed to do...I was really discouraged and thought I would just go do something else - and that was accounting."
David and Diana Garland, husband and wife deans at Baylor University, have been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to educate and to equip indigenous church leaders for effective, holistic ministry in their home cultures.
No one ever promised vocational ministry would be easy, said Michael Godfrey, executive director of True Course Ministries . That's why he knew his mentoring program for clergy would meet an immediate need. Godfrey's 32 years experience in Christian ministry revealed to him a huge disconnect between seminary education and the practical demands of full-time ministry.