RALEIGH -- Aug 31, 2018 What: Convocation for the second year of the N.C. Field Ministry Program
What: Convocation for the start of the second year of the N.C. Field Minister Program
When: Sept. 5, 2018
Time: 1 p.m.
Where: Nash Correctional Institution
2869 U.S. 64 Alt., Nashville, NC 27856
What: Fifty-two long-term prison inmates will begin college classes with a convocation event, launching the second year of the N.C. Field Minister Program. This is a partnership between the Department of Public Safety, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) and the nonprofit ministry Game Plan for Life.
The Field Minister program is a four-year, college-level educational program that allows inmates to earn a Bachelor of Arts in pastoral ministry degree, with a secondary emphasis in counseling and psychology. This degree is the same accredited program offered by Southeastern College at Wake Forest, the undergraduate school of SEBTS. The classes are taught by SCWF instructors who travel to Nash Correctional Institution and teach on-site. After earning their degree, inmates will assume jobs as field ministers within the state prison system, supporting the existing staff of chaplains, and providing ministerial and counseling services to fellow inmates.
Program funding is coordinated by Game Plan for Life, a nonprofit organization started by Joe Gibbs, the former Washington Redskins’ head coach and owner of Joe Gibbs Racing in Huntersville.
The convocation marks the beginning of classes for the semester. DPS Interim Deputy Secretary Judge Reuben Young, Southeastern Seminary President Daniel Akin and Gibbs will be among the convocation speakers.