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Baldridge honored at University of the Cumberlands


Dr. Kirby Clark, associate professor of religion and director of supervised ministry, names Kelley Baldridge the Honored Religion Graduate of 2009

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — David Kelley Baldridge was named the Honored Religion Graduate of 2009 during the 50th annual Honors Day convocation at University of the Cumberlands on April 27. He was also named a Student of Honor and inducted into the J.T. Vallandingham Scholastic Honor Society.

The J. T. Vallandingham Scholastic Honor Society requires each member to have completed at least 96 semester hours as a full-time student and have a GPA of 3.5 or better each semester. Students must also have a cumulative standing of 3.7 or better. The society is named for John Thompson Vallandingham, who served Cumberlands for more than sixty years in a variety of positions, including dean of men and associate professor of mathematics.

The son of Teresa and the late David Baldridge of Louisa, Baldridge is completing a major in religion and a minor in biblical languages. He is a member of the Alpha Beta Zeta Chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, a national religion honor society, which seeks to encourage excellence in research; teaching; publication; and the exchange of learning and thought among scholars. He is also a member of the Samech Chapter of Eta Beta Rho, a national Hebrew honor society, dedicated to recognizing outstanding achievements in the study of Hebrew language and literature; to stimulating study and research in the field of Hebrew; and to promoting an understanding and appreciation of the culture of Israel.

On campus Baldridge has been active in Baptist Campus Ministries, serving on revival teams and on the leadership team during his junior year. During the summer and fall of 2008, he served on the staff of Mountain Community Fellowship, a new church plant in Paintsville. He plans to minister on the church staff again this summer, possibly becoming the pastor of a new church plant that Mountain Community Fellowship is hoping to establish.

In the fall, Baldridge will begin the Advanced Master of Divinity degree in church planting at Southern Seminary in Louisville.