Georgetown, KY – Brenton Yadon, a 2011 GC Religion major graduate, has received the prestigious James O. Duncan Scholarship – established to provide support (full tuition and fees per year renewable) for a Baptist student attending a leading theological school to develop his or her full potential in leadership skills, innovation, and creativity.  Next week, he leaves for Duke Divinity school –his top choice – where he will begin his master’s studies in theology and agrarianism.

Although the scholarship does not require pursuit of any particular career or ministry path, Brenton said he wants eventually to be preacher or a teacher in the church. “My vocation is to bridge the gap between academic Christianity and the life of the church,” he said. “I’ve felt a lot of enmity between the two, but through my professors at Georgetown I’ve seen how the academic world and the church world can work together.”

At GC, Brenton led Bible study three years for Campus Ministry, was a student leader in a weekly extracurricular theology reading group held at his former advisor Sheila Klopfer’s house, and last spring participated in an alternative spring break mission trip to Urban Promise in Camden (NJ).

A native of Science Hill, KY, Brenton taught the College Sunday School class at Faith Baptist Church in Georgetown. Back home in Pulaski County, he and his family attend East Somerset Baptist.