The new Kevin Blackwell Annual and Endowed Scholarship for the Ministry Training Institute (MTI) at Samford University in Birmingham was announced April 8 in a gathering on campus.
Phillip Inman (left), a member of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, Birmingham; Bill Russell (second from left), director of missions for Bibb Baptist Association, Centreville; Gary Fenton (second from right), senior advancement officer for Samford’s Beeson Divinity School; and Larry Gipson (right), senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Oneonta, help honor Blackwell (center), executive director for MTI, with the announcement.
The scholarship will help students participate in MTI classes offered for church leaders.
“It’s not a job, it’s a passion,” Blackwell said. These ministers are on the “front line equipping and training.”