Baptist World Alliance
Eron Henry, Associate Director of Communications
Neville Callam, General Secretary
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September 19, 2011

For Immediate Release

Callam receives Caribbean awards

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Washington, DC (BWA)--Baptist World Alliance General Secretary Neville Callam is the recipient of two Caribbean awards.


Callam, a Jamaican who was named BWA general secretary in 2007, was conferred with an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology (CGST) based in Kingston, Jamaica, at a special convocation on September 5.


"Caribbean Graduate School of Theology recognizes the outstanding contribution of Rev. Neville Callam to the Church in Jamaica and to the worldwide Baptist community," the citation reads. "As winds of change blow across our world, it is refreshing to see a son of Jamaica being blown by the Spirit to new heights of service to the world."


"This is not the first time that I have received such an award," Callam said at the presentation ceremony. "However, that this award originates in my own homeland gives me great joy."


The theological institution also established the Neville Callam Archive within the school's Zenas Gerig Library.


This is the third honorary doctorate conferred upon the BWA leader in recent times, following on those from Dallas Baptist University in Texas and Judson University in Illinois, both in the USA.


Callam is one of six recipients of the 2011 Caribbean American Heritage Award (CARAH) to be presented in November by the Institute of Caribbean Studies.


The CARAH Awards are presented to Caribbean immigrants in the United States who have made a significant contribution in literature, science and technology, community service and corporate leadership, as well as to "Friends of the Caribbean" whose work contributes to the wellbeing and welfare of Caribbean peoples.


Other 2011 award recipients are novelist Maryse Condé of Guadeloupe; choreographer Garth Fagan who received the 1998 Tony Award for The Lion King; Arlie Petters, the first person to develop the mathematical theory of gravitational lensing and whose research in physics and mathematics revolutionized the field of astronomy; Larry Quinlan, partner and global chief information officer for Deloitte & Touche; and Janet Rollé, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for CNN Worldwide.


Previous CARAH awardees include Susan Taylor, former editor-in-chief of Essence magazine; Rita Marley, reggae artiste, philanthropist and widow of Bob Marley; Earl Graves Sr., publisher of Black Enterprise magazine and US Attorney General Eric Holder, who are both of Barbadian heritage; and actress Cicely Tyson, who is of Nevisian heritage.


The presentations will be made during the 18th Annual CARAH Gala at the Renaissance Marriot on November 11, in Washington, DC.