Family and friends recently gathered inside the gymnasium at North Carolina’s Nash Correctional Institution to congratulate 24 inmates for earning their Bachelor of Arts diploma in pastoral ministry.
The group of men were the first class to graduate from The College at Southeastern’s North Carolina Field Minister Program (NCFMP), which focuses on supporting and counseling fellow offenders, according to a press release from the college.
All 24 inmates, who were taught inside the Nashville-based prison by faculty from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, graduated with honors.
Now they will be divided into five teams and spread out among the state’s 55 prisons to minister to other inmates while serving out the rest of their sentences.
“Almost exactly four years and four months ago today, many of us gathered here in this very gym to usher in the start of this program with our very first convocation service,” said Seth Bible, director of Prison Programs at Southeastern. “We had no idea what the future would hold for our first cohort of students, but we were confident in the God that held that future in his hands.”
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