Longtime BTSR Supporter and Advocate, Rev. Henry Langford, Dies at 93
RICHMOND, VA: BTSR joins the Richmond community and others state- and nationwide in expressing sympathy to the family of Rev. Henry V. Langford, retired Baptist minister and former WWII U.S. Army chaplain, upon his death. Rev. Langford died on Sunday, October 7 at the age of 93.
Dr. Ron Crawford, BTSR President, said, "On many occasions Henry said to me, 'Ron, I am for the seminary. I like what the seminary is doing.'" In addition to his words, Dr. Langford was a strong supporter of BTSR financially. "In our recent $1 million campaign, he gave the largest individual gift. His generosity helped enable us to match the original pledges and reach our goal," explained Crawford.
Rev. Langford was known for his commitment to religious freedom, his advocacy for marginalized people, his deep desire to put feet to biblical principles, and his love for the earth and nature—commitments which are congruent with many of BTSR's ideologies. He spoke out for social justice throughout his career, and in 2010 he was one of five senior ministers who was honored with a Peace-Bearer Award from the Virginia Baptist Historical Society and Center for Baptist Heritage and Studies.
[a source for this information was an article from www.mtmfoundation.org, published in 2010, compiled by Charles H. Chandler]
BTSR Announces New Certificate Program
RICHMOND, VA: Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (BTSR) is currently accepting applications for its new Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies program for students who desire to begin in the spring semester of 2013. The program is designed for persons who seek basic theological training to enhance their participation in their congregation or profession.
“The certificate program is a gateway to formal theological studies for a wider population who may not be able or ready to commit to a full degree program,” said Dr. Israel Galindo, Dean. “The certificate will provide a broad theological foundation for ministry and study to those interested in formal theological education.”
The certificate program requires 18 credit hours for completion (equivalent to six full-credit courses). One course from each discipline of study is required (Old Testament Bible, New Testament Bible, Theology, Church History, Spirituality, and Ministry Studies). Students may select from several courses in each discipline.
To apply, interested persons must submit a completed application with an application fee of $35 and submit transcripts of all undergraduate studies. Applicants should have completed an undergraduate degree or its equivalent with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (students who do not possess an undergraduate degree may enroll as non-degree seeking students and petition for the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies upon satisfactory completion of the course of study). The certificate is not a degree; however, course credits earned in the program are eligible for application to the M.Div. or M.T.S. degree programs (a grade of C or better is required for eligibility). Students must apply and be admitted to a degree program for transfer of credits.