Bailey Scholars Matthew Grice, Jennifer Fletcher, Anita Laffoon
not pictured Luke Fawcett, Amy Fears and John Robertson
A prestigious group of Randolph-Macon College’s graduating seniors will be attending
divinity schools in the fall of 2008. The students are part of the A. Purnell Bailey
Pre-Ministerial Program for Ordained Ministry, a program that provides resources
for prospective members of the clergy. Students receive financial support and are
involved in at least two pre-ministerial internships with a church, church organization,
hospital chaplaincy or college chaplaincy. The students are also part of Randolph-Macon
College’s Honors Program.
Luke Fawcett, from Glen Allen, Virginia, had an internship with
the Shade and Fresh Water project in Brazil and was also part of Project Transformation,
a non-profit camp that provides summer enrichment activities for at-risk children.
The camp is located just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. Fawcett will attend
Wesley Seminary, part of the American University in Washington, D.C.
Amy Fears, who hails from Midlothian, Virginia, is a Phi Beta Kappa who
had internships at Kenwood United Methodist Church, where she did pastoral work,
and at Hanover Safe Place. Both are located in Hanover, Virginia. Amy plans on attending
Wesley Seminary, which is part of American University in Washington, DC.
Jennifer Fletcher, from Hartwood, Virginia, had an internship with
the Shade and Fresh Water project in Brazil and at The United Methodist Publishing
House in Nashville, Tennessee (Youth Curriculum Resources). Jennifer plans on attending
Duke Divinity School (part of Duke University) in Durham, North Carolina.
Matthew Grice is from Hebron, Maryland and had an internship with
the Shade and Fresh Water Project in Brazil. He also had an internship at Richmond
Urban Ministries in Richmond, Virginia, where he completed a major research paper
on issues related to the at-risk community in Richmond. Grice plans on attending
both Wesley Seminary (part of American University in Washington, D.C.) and American
University, and he will pursue degrees in theology and urban studies.
Anita Laffoon, from Matoaca, Virginia, had an internship at Cornerstone
Christian Church during a time when it was in great transition. Laffoon co-directed
the church’s vacation bible school program and chaperoned a week-long retreat. In
the fall she will attend Baptist Theological School in Richmond, Virginia. The school
is housed at Union-PSCE.
John Robertson, from Petersburg, Virginia, is a Phi Beta Kappa
whose interest in archeology and biblical languages led him to work at the Virginia
Conference Archives, United Methodist Center, in Richmond, Virginia. He plans on
attending Vanderbilt Divinity School, which is part of Vanderbilt University in
For more information, please contact Anne Marie Lauranzon at 804-752-7317.