Baylor University

Waco, TX

The call to full-time ministry that Ben Calkins feels today began as an inkling in high school, before he applied to Baylor University.

“When I was looking at colleges, Baylor stood out because I wanted a private school where I could major in religion, but be involved with a ‘bigger school’ environment,” explained the Houston native. “Baylor having a seminary on campus also intrigued me.”

In addition to a Baylor scholarship that will streamline his admission to Truett Seminary, Ben has earned the BGCT Ministry Scholarship and the President’s Gold Academic Scholarship.

Exploring an interest in youth ministry, Ben joined a student organization called Youth Ministry Teams — 15 to 20 groups of undergraduates who provide a variety of resources for churches while gaining practical youth ministry experience.

“My future plans include serving as a youth minister while I attend seminary,” Ben said. “Eventually, I see myself as a pastor of some degree, though I am open to what God has to reveal for me.

For undergraduates considering a religion major or post-graduate work in seminary, Ben says, “What are you waiting for?”

“The best piece of advice I received is, ‘Why wait to go all-in on a calling that God is putting on your heart right now?’”

When our church gives through the Cooperative Program, we support Texas Baptists institutions like Baylor University as they raise up the next generation of church leadership. Let’s pray for the students on Baylor’s campus as they seek to follow God’s calling for their lives.

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