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NOBTS-Leavell College graduates honored with video, virtual reception

Though NOBTS' Leavell Chapel was empty and the graduation stage dark May 15, graduates were celebrated with a video and an online, interactive graduation reception.

NOBTS alumni wonder what’s next for post-COVID-19 Italy

From their small apartment in an area of Italy hit hard by COVID-19, Steve and Amy Morgan are aware that life around them has changed. They wonder what life will look like when the quarantine ends. Which of their friends and neighbors will still be there?

Healed from COVID-19, 93-year-old Joyce Harrington praises God

NEW ORLEANS -- "Hope for the best; plan for the worst" was the warning the hospice doctor gave Joyce Harrington, 93, at a New Orleans hospital when she was admitted with COVID-19 symptoms March 25. The doctor delivered the same dire warning over the phone to Harrington's daughters -- Rhonda Harrington Kelley, wife of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Emeritus Chuck Kelley, and Mitzi Woodson, whose husband is a medical doctor in Oklahoma.

‘God will use this time,’ seminary brothers say

NEW ORLEANS -- For Joe and Graham Waller -- brothers as well as New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary students -- moving to online classes during the stay-at-home mandate is bringing adjustments and lessons. Graham, blind since childhood, continues with his Leavell College classes online, listening to lectures in two classes and logging in for voice lessons via social media.

Concerts bring New Orleans neighbors together

NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- For years, New Orleans music teacher Stephanie Screen has used her violin to comfort those in hospital beds and nursing homes and in moments of grief. But when COVID-19 forced a city-wide quarantine in New Orleans, Screen wondered what she could do to help. "I'll just go sit on the lawn with my violin and see what happens," Screen decided.

Dew: Godliness & suffering signs of true servant

NEW ORLEANS -- Servanthood must be the mark of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Leavell College family, NOBTS President Jamie Dew said during the school's annual Founders' Day chapel, Oct 1. Dew noted that from the start of his presidency his vision has been that the seminary family will be a people who "take up the towel and the basin" to serve the broken and the marginalized and take the Gospel to places untouched by its message. Dew was elected president June 4.

FROM THE SEMINARIES: Dew, at NOBTS convocation, addresses ‘Where are we going?’

NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Jamie Dew, president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Leavell College, posed a question at convocation, Sept. 3, to begin a new semester and a new chapter in its history. "Where exactly are we going?" Dew, who began June 5 as the seminary's ninth president, asked the audience. "And what exactly are we going to do?"

Dew urges humility during 1st NOBTS sermon as pres.

NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Jamie Dew, president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Leavell College, challenged listeners in his first chapel service as president to take on Christ's humility for service. Drawing from Philippians 2:1-11, Dew said believers must follow Christ's example.

TRUSTEES: New VP position approved at NOBTS

NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- The creation of a new vice president position for enrollment was approved by the executive committee of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's trustees in a June 4 meeting. The vice president for enrollment, a position created to provide oversight for all departments essential for a healthy enrollment, will act as chief strategist and catalyst for enrollment-related matters for NOBTS and its Leavell College. A candidate for the position will be named at a later date.

NOBTS: Dew presents vision for first year in office

NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Jamie Dew presented a vision for his first year as New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary president in a press conference following his unanimous election by the NOBTS board of trustees on Wednesday (June 5). Dew noted NOBTS' untapped potential and pointed to the seminary's unique opportunity for "theological education and ministerial preparation."