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NAMB director of chaplaincy to address Wingate students at Convocation

By Luanne Williams

Mentorship will be the theme of Convocation worship on Wednesday, Aug. 18, as incoming students fill Cuddy Arena to hear a message from retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Doug Carver, the executive director of chaplaincy for the North American Mission Board.

A longtime advocate for the religious liberty of service members, veterans, and their families, Carver oversees a network of 3,700 Southern Baptist chaplains across the United States and around the world. Prior to joining the NAMB, he was the Army’s chief of chaplains from 2007 to 2011. At the beginning of the Iraq War in 2003, he served as the senior military chaplain in the combat theater of operations.

Carver holds a bachelor of arts in religion from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, a master of divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a master of science in strategic studies from the United States Army War College. He also holds honorary doctoral degrees from Shorter University in his native city of Rome, Georgia, and Southwest Baptist University in Missouri and is a member of the University of Tennessee’s Inaugural Army ROTC Hall of Fame.

An ordained minister who now lives in Charlotte, Carver has pastored churches in Colorado, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina.

“Chaplain Carver will use scripture and experience to weave a motivational case about the value of mentoring,” said Vint Tilson, Wingate’s vice president for strategic partnerships. “Other speakers will then apply his message, laying out on a practical level what mentoring means at Wingate and how incoming students can first find mentors and then become mentors to others.”

Students Jaden Stutts and Jacob Flowers will share personal stories of mentorship. 

Convocation is a required event for incoming students and is attended by faculty members, who file in wearing their academic regalia. Provost Jeff Frederick will welcome the crowd, and President Rhett Brown will introduce the speaker. Campus Minister Dane Jordan will offer the invocation, and the University Choir will perform as part of the annual hourlong service. Elected officials who represent Union County in the U.S. Congress and in the North Carolina General Assembly will be invited.

Finally, as a reminder to students of the importance of mentorship, during their first few weeks at Wingate they’ll receive a commemorative mentorship coin.

“For several years now, we have offered graduating seniors the opportunity to recognize their faculty and staff mentors with a special mentor medallion that is presented at Baccalaureate,” Tilson said. “This coin, which is really a bookend to the medallion, will serve as a tangible reminder of the value mentors bring to the student experience.”

August 12, 2021