Baptist World Alliance, BWA News Release

Callam receives leadership award

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BWA General Secretary Neville Callam receiving the Campbellsville University Leadership Award on March 25 from Joseph Owen (left), chair of Campbellsville University Board of Trustees, and John Hurtgen, dean of the School of Theology

Baptist World Alliance (BWA) General Secretary Neville Callam was presented with the Campbellsville University Leadership Award on March 25 at the university’s campus in the state of Kentucky, in the United States.

Callam was recognized “for his dedicated and extraordinary career as an educator, theologian and ecumenist, pastor and church administrator.” He was lauded for his “leadership positions with the Jamaica Baptist Union and the Caribbean Baptist Fellowship resulting in his being the first person from the Global South to be appointed as the general secretary and chief executive officer of the BWA.”

Callam, a Jamaican, was elected general secretary of the BWA in July 2007 in Accra, Ghana. He is the first person of color and the first BWA general secretary who is neither European nor American.

The BWA, formed in 1905, is a fellowship of 231 conventions and unions in 121 countries and territories comprising 40 million members in 177,000 churches.

Campbellsville University, with enrollment of 3,200 students, is a private liberal arts institution founded by Baptists in 1906. It offers almost 100 programs of study at the undergraduate, masters, postgraduate and pre-professional levels.

Callam was the lecturer at Campbellsville University’s Baptist Heritage Lecture Series on March 24 on the topic, World Baptists: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. He was also keynote speaker at the spring 2015 Chapel Convocation Series.


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The Baptist World Alliance, founded in 1905, is a fellowship of 253 conventions and unions in 130 countries and territories comprising 51 million baptized believers in 176,000 churches. For more than 100 years, the Baptist World Alliance has networked the Baptist family to impact the world for Christ with a commitment to strengthen worship, fellowship and unity; lead in mission and evangelism; respond to people in need through aid, relief, and community development; defend religious freedom, human rights, and justice; and advance theological reflection and leadership development.