John L. Thomas Jr.
Director of Ministerial Formation Baptist Traditions
Baptists of various expressions comprise one of many denominational groupings currently represented among the student population. In response to the requirement that all MDiv students must complete at least one course pertaining to their own denominational history and polity, two courses for Baptist students are provided: “Baptist History and Polity” and “Baptist Theological Perspectives”. Baptist MAMC students are also encouraged to include these denominational courses in their degree plans.
Although a graduate theological degree may not be a requirement for ordination in all Baptist groups, the seminary's program for ministerial formation seeks to:
- provide opportunities for Baptist students to meet denominational representatives of the various Baptist constituencies;
- allow for a supportive environment for Baptist students to reflect on their experience and growth from being in an ecumenical environment;
- give vocational guidance for students seeking full time ministry positions;
- facilitate the theological and spiritual development of Baptist students;
- offer advice and guidance toward meeting licensing and ordination requirements;
- present special awards to Baptist students at the annual seminary’s awards luncheon.
Thomas is the Associate Dean for Contextual Education and Church Relations and Director of Supervised Year in Ministries for students at Phillips Theological Seminary.