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BST Welcomes incoming Fall 2022 Class!

What a great group of new students! BST is so excited to welcome a new incoming class of over new 40 students for the Fall 2022 semester. Some students are just beginning their first venture into higher ed with our certificate programs in Spanish, while others are pursuing Masters and Doctorates in theological studies. New students range across the cultural, gender, racial, ecumenical, and religious spectrum of our programs. What a wonderful new class and one that BST cannot wait to see what they will achieve!

It is still not too late to apply/register to be a part of this great new class! Please check out the BST webpage for information on the programs offered or call Lia Rochill at 510-8411905; extension 248.

BST Receives Significant Gift from the Ledbetter Family Trust

BST is pleased to announce a substantial gift from The Ledbetter Family Trust, a legacy from the estate of Rev. Dr. James T. and Faithe C. Ledbetter. The money from the gift will be used to establish the “Faithe C. and James T. Ledbetter Scholarship" to help students attending BST for generations to come, and to support the establishment of the Center for Truth, Justice, and Racial Reconciliation.

Jim was part of the BBDS class of 1954 and remained active with both the school and his fellow alums. He was a trustee from 1981-85 and 89-94 and received an honorary doctorate in 1988. Additionally, Jim and Faithe were part of the Berkeley Bash gathering of alums for over 50 years. Ordained to the Christian ministry by the First Baptist Church of Chowchilla, Jim pastored several American Baptist Churches (ABC), including Yakima WA, Richland WA, Honolulu HI, Port Angeles WA, and Redding CA and later in his ministry served as a denominational leader in the Northwest Inland Empire and Southern CA, retiring in 1994 as Executive Minister of the ABC of Oregon (Central Pacific Coast). Faithe was very involved in ministry in a musical capacity and was dedicated to serving Christ with her talent until just before she died. Jim and Faithe were parents of Karen, Tim (M.Div ’81), and Greg (M.Div ’84) and loyal ministers of the gospel, always working toward racial justice and peace and serving those around them, especially the homeless.

This gift is a testimony to the lives and ministry of these wonderful saints and will stand as an enduring legacy. BST is excited for the opportunities this gift presents and is thankful to Faithe and Jim for this incredible contribution.

Congratulations to Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Thompson

Congratulations to Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Thompson, BST affiliate faculty and Senior Pastor at Allen Temple, for becoming the first woman 2nd Vice President of the Progressive National Baptist Convention! Dr. Thompson continues her ministry of firsts by being the first woman to serve in executive leadership in the 61-year history of PNBC! Additionally, she is the first black woman to be elected to a national leadership position in any Black Baptist denomination. BST is so proud of Rev. Dr. Thompson and her influence in ministry both locally and nationally!

BST Alum Rev. Dr. Jim Hopkins Profiled

BST celebrates the passing of the 19th Amendment, 102 years ago, on August 26, 1920. This was a momentous occasion for women’s suffrage (the right to vote) and BST is committed to continuing to educate and empower women. BST stands by our unwavering pledge to protecting the inherent rights of women as co-equals created in the image of God and we look forward to continuing to see women leaders impact our world.

In celebration of our 150th Anniversary Celebration, BST is releasing new 150th themed merchandise for a limited time. Show your Berkeley School of Theology spirit with the latest offerings from the BST Online Store! Chose from a variety of products in multiple designs and colors to best fit your own personal style! All proceeds go to support BST Student Scholarships!

Check out the latest selections here!

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