In January of 2017, we had the privilege of introducing you to a hero of the faith, born in February of 1811 and welcomed into Heaven in November of 1893. That man, Daniel Alexander Payne, was raised by parents who believed in the sovereign power of our Triune God and the blessing of education. Their confidence set the course for Daniel Payne’s life as a believer, a scholar and as educator. His life touched thousands of others. We know the details of Payne’s story, including his role as the first African-American college president in the U.S. because Christian educators in our own culture are committed to finding the stories of men and women from the past whose personal stories will challenge a new generation of young people to seek God’s goals for courageous believers in the 21st Century.
Students who are interested in learning more about the Bishop Daniel Payne Scholarship are invited to contact the Christ Covenant Church Outreach & Missions Department (click link or call 704-814-1064).
Recent recipients of the Payne Scholarship share their experiences:
- Timothy Byrd, who serves as Campus Outreach Expansion Director to Lusaka, Zambia and says, “I have dreamed of going to seminary for years. I can’t fully express how thankful I am for the scholarship from Christ Covenant. This support is helping equip me to better evangelize, disciple and shepherd university students and my staff on the continent of Africa; especially as we prepare to start a new work in Zambia!”
- Phil Thomas, serving as Greensboro Area Director for Campus Outreach Charlotte, says “This opportunity has been incredibly helpful. As I have pursued furthering my education by taking seminary classes, I really feel empowered to not just push myself academically for my own personal growth, but to maximize the opportunities that I have been blessed by through the Fund.”
- Samantha Roberts, the Campus Outreach Women’s Director at Wits University, South Africa, says “Classes have truly stirred my heart to love God more as I’ve learned about topics like systematic theology and the Scriptures that support foundational doctrines of the faith. What I am learning is being poured into my ministry on Wits campus. My classes are equipping me for the future as I become more able to teach other women so that they in turn would learn to love and obey God’s Word and teach many others.”