The A. Purnell Bailey Pre-Ministerial Program offers an exceptional undergraduate
experience, leading to matriculation in seminary and eventually to a rewarding clergy
career. We expect that these students will be leaders in the Methodist and other
mainstream Christian denominations.
Josie Fawcett, from Glen Allen, Virginia, held an internship in
contemporary worship at Wesley United Methodist Church in Wilmington, North Carolina
and an internship in children’s and youth ministry at Skipwith United Methodist
Church in Richmond, Virginia. The second in her family to participate in the Bailey
Program, Josie plans to enroll at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Tim Gochenour, from Danville, Virginia, explored youth ministry
at Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Glen Allen, Virginia and conducted a pastoral
internship at Fairview United Methodist Church in Danville. He is enrolled at Wesley
Seminary, part of American University, in Washington, D.C. and hopes to work in
religious drama and the arts.
James “JD” Jump, from Richmond, Virginia, held a contemporary worship
internship at New Season United Methodist Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He
has a passion for merging drama and worship and further developed this interest
in a second internship at the West End Assembly of God in Richmond, where he explored
religious drama production. He is enrolled at Duke Divinity School, part of Duke
University, in Durham, North Carolina.
Adam Kelchner, from Mechanicsville, Virginia, held internships
with United Methodist Volunteers in Mission at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Office
in Decatur, Georgia and the Virginia United Methodist Center in Glen Allen, Virginia.
A Phi Beta Kappa student at R-MC, Kelchner is currently enrolled at Vanderbilt Divinity
School, which is part of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is interested
in pursuing a doctoral program and eventually becoming a professor of religious
studies at a seminary.
Tommy Suh, from Midlothian, Virginia, added an international flair
to his internships while a student at R-MC. One experience gave him the opportunity
to work at Eil San Joonim eh Church in Seoul, Korea. He also held an internship
with the Stratford Hills Korean Community Church in Richmond, Virginia. Suh is enrolled
at Wesley Seminary, part of American University, in Washington, D.C.
Anne West, from Richmond, Virginia, participated in internships
focusing on youth ministry at Reveille United Methodist Church in Richmond and at
the Virginia United Methodist Center in Glen Allen, Virginia. A Phi Beta Kappa student
at R-MC, West is enrolled at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey
and plans to become a youth minister.