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  • From prison to praise, NOBTS grad sees God's hand

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Boyd Guy
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Standing in front of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's Leavell Chapel on graduation day, Tara Garcia looked back with fondness on her undergraduate experience. But unlike the graduates lined up beside her, Garcia earned her degree inside prison walls.

    Garcia completed every class except one prior to her release in January from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel. Read More

  • 13 incarcerated women receive milestone degrees

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Friday, May 27, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo by Marilyn Stewart/NOBTS
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Having overcome a crisis of faith to complete her college degree, Brenda Thornton walked the chapel stage at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women.

    Thornton was one of 13 LCIW graduates in the first-ever awarding of bachelor degrees at the prison by New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's Leavell College, marking a milestone for the program that began five years ago.

    "I'll be honest, I didn't think I would make it," said Thornton, who received a bachelor of Christian ministry degree with a minor in women's ministry May 18. Read More