A. Purnell Bailey Pre-Ministerial Program for Ordained Ministry

For students who sense a calling to full-time Christian ministry, the A. Purnell Bailey Pre-Ministerial Program at Randolph-Macon College offers encouragement through a weekly vocational discernment group, two internships, and financial support.

Financial support

Students accepted to the college and into the Bailey program are awarded half-tuition scholarships for their freshman and sophomore years and full tuition for the junior and senior years. In return, Bailey Scholars commit to earning a Master's level degree from an ATS accredited theology school following college.


Bailey Scholars meet weekly as a group for personal support and vocational discernment.  In addition to leadership from the Program Director, the group regularly welcomes guests: seminary representatives, church leaders, and ministers working in a variety of settings. Through discussion and ongoing relationships, Bailey Scholars are assisted in discerning and developing their calling to ministry.


Bailey Scholars complete two pre-ministerial internships during their undergraduate years:

  • a one-month, January Term internship for academic credit
  • a summer internship, between the junior and senior years, which is supported with a $3,000 stipend

Internships are completed in a wide range of settings, and have included placements in area churches, with non-profit charities and mission groups, and in international settings. The Bailey Scholars Program Director provides guidance for finding an internship based on an individual student’s interests.

Campus life

Bailey Scholars represent a wide range of academic majors and are active in a variety of campus student groups, athletic teams, and organizations. The program attracts students who are both academically focused and involved in the community.