I am so proud to be associated, as a trustee, with a new seminary, the John Leland Center for Theological Studies, based in Arlington, VA, but with extensions elsewhere in Virginia. This school was born out of discussions among Northern Virginia and District of Columbia Baptist leaders, several years ago, who felt the need for contextual theological education in the national capital area. Dr. Randel Everett, at that time pastor of Columbia Baptist Church in Falls Church, VA, has been giving outstanding leadership as President, along with Dean Jeff Willetts. Both serve as pastors as well as staff for Leland. The resident faculty is small but well-trained and multicultural, and other courses are taught by adjuncts. In only a few short years we have amassed a student body of about 100 and have won a recommendation for accreditation from the accrediting commission of the Association of Theological Schools. We have several small graduating classes behind us now, and the graduates are beginning to make an impact on the churches, particularly those churches that need revitalization. Leland has studiously avoided affiliation with any Baptist national denomination, though we work closely with the Baptist General Association of Virginia and with the District of Columbia Baptist Convention, because we seek to remain "above the fray" of national denominational politics. I invite you to examine www.johnlelandcenter.edu.