In honor of Daniel Vestal’s significant contributions as Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Executive Coordinator (1996-2012), the Fellowship created the Vestal Scholars initiative to cultivate the next generation of Baptist leaders.
Potentially the finest future Baptist leaders enrolled in CBF schools, Vestal Scholars receive significant scholarship support and leadership development opportunities from the Fellowship. What better way to honor the Vestals’ leadership than by helping provide for a legacy of future Baptist leaders? Your gift to the Daniel and Earlene Vestal Leadership Scholar Endowment will ensure a financial foundation exists for generations of Vestal Scholars.
Honoring a Leader
Hearing God’s call at an early age, Vestal became a pastor serving Baptist churches for more than two decades. He was instrumental in founding the Fellowship and in 1996 became its Executive Coordinator, spending the next 16 years shepherding a renewal movement within the Baptist family, casting a vision for missional churches and encouraging Christians to follow God’s call.
Each year, the Fellowship awards scholarships to 70 Leadership Scholars so that they can follow God’s call to full-time ministry. Today, many of the more than 1,000 former CBF Scholars now serve as ministers in CBF partner churches or as CBF field personnel. These men and women are essential to the future of the Fellowship and Baptist churches.
Vestal Scholars Criteria
$12,500 per year for a maximum of two years ($11,000 for tuition, $1,500 for program expenses). Recipients must:
- Be a 2nd or 3rd year student at a CBF partner school
- Maintain at least a 3.5 grade point average
- Be nominated by seminary professor and affirmed by dean/president
- Participate in a face-to-face personal interview process
- Provide letters of recommendation from a professor, church leader and personal references
- Demonstrate affinity for CBF, commitment to congregational ministries, involvement in a CBF church, and campus leadership
- Serve one summer in a CBF Congregational Internship
- Participate in CBF’s annual General Assembly, attending the Leadership Institute as well as leading a collaborative workshop
- Advocate for CBF at his or her seminary, participating in CBF Day on campus and helping promote CBF events
- Participate in two “Speaker’s Bureau” or state/regional meetings per year