The A. Purnell Bailey Pre-Ministerial Program
for Ordained Ministry is a unique program that encourages students who express
an interest in spiritual formation and community service to pursue careers in ordained
ministry. Many of these students move on to become leaders in the Methodist and
other mainstream Christian denominations.
2012 Bailey Scholar graduates
(l-r) Devon Maust, Kelly Conner, Phillip Simmons, Caitlin Proctor
Kelly Conner, from Seaford, Delaware, graduated with Phi Beta Kappa
honors, with a major in religious studies and a minor in Spanish. She completed
internships at Kenwood United Methodist Church and Lebanon United Methodist Church
where she served many roles including working with children and seniors, delivering
sermons and hospital visitation. At Randolph-Macon, she served as the women’s bible
study leader for InterVarsity Christian fellowship; acted as a Spanish tutor in
the Higgins Academic Center; sang soprano in the Ujima Gospel Choir; and traveled
to Spain during January Term in 2011.
This summer, Conner completed a Pre-Enrollment Internship, affiliated with Duke
Divinity School, by serving two churches in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Connor
now attends Duke Divinity School where she received a full tuition scholarship.
Devon Maust, from Midlothian, Virginia, graduated with Phi Beta
Kappa honors, with a major in psychology and minors in ethics and religious studies.
While at Randolph-Macon, Maust was actively involved in Habitat for Humanity, serving
as the program director, vice-president and president of that organization. She
was also an active member of the Delta Zeta sorority, where she served as the historian,
chaplain, and panhellenic representative. Maust studied abroad in New Zealand at
Massey University during the spring semester of 2011; spent January-term 2009 in
Italy, where she studied the Heritage of Christianity; and spent January-term 2012
in El Salvador, where she volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and studied Human
Rights in the Global Village. Maust served at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church
as a ministry intern; at Crozet United Methodist Church as a Calling 21 intern;
and at the United Methodist Virginia Conference Office as the children, youth, young
adult, and higher education intern.
Caitlin Proctor, from Fredericksburg, Virginia, graduated with
a major in religious studies and minors in ethics and economics. She completed internships
with Shady Grove United Methodist Church, Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church,
and TEAMeffort Youth Missions Camp. At TEAMeffort, Proctor helped facilitate youth
mission trips by leading youth in construction ministry in the Myrtle Beach area
and led worship in nightly chapel services. At Shady Grove UMC, she shadowed the
youth pastor, helped to organize and chaperone a youth missions trip, and helped
lead youth group on Sunday nights. At Randolph-Macon, Proctor was an active member
of Habitat for Humanity, serving as both treasurer and community service chair;
was involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, serving as the campus chapter's
Community Outreach Chair; and participated in both the college's Chamber and Concert
Proctor attends Duke Divinity School.
Phillip Simmons, from Smithfield, Virginia, graduated with Phi
Beta Kappa honors, with a major in music and a minor in ethics and religious studies.
He completed two internships at West End Assembly of God Church in Richmond, working
with their music and technology ministry. At Randolph-Macon, Simmons served as worship
leader for the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and helped lead TheBeacon service
at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church.
Simmons attends the School of Theology at Liberty University, one of the few seminaries
with a concentration in contemporary worship.