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Advisory: Media invited to attend New Baptist Covenant at Wake Forest University

April 17, 2009

Members of the media are invited to attend the Southeast regional gathering of the New Baptist Covenant April 24 and 25 at Wake Forest University, featuring addresses by President Jimmy Carter and writer Maya Angelou.  The event begins at 12:30 p.m. on April 24 and ends at 4 p.m. on April 25.  All events are open to the media. 

Writer Maya Angelou, Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest, will deliver the opening address at 1 p.m. on April 24.  President Jimmy Carter will deliver the closing address at 2:30 p.m. on April 25 during the final worship service.  Both will speak in Wait Chapel. 

For security reasons, only credentialed media will be allowed access to New Baptist Covenant events.  To request credentials, send an e-mail with your name, media outlet, phone number and e-mail address to Lance Wallace at  Requests for credentials will be processed as received.  When you are credentialed, you will receive a confirmation e-mail.  You will need to pick up your credential at the media check-in table outside Wait Chapel.  There is no reserved parking for media, however, a limited number of parking spaces for broadcast outlets needing hookups for trucks or other large equipment are available in Lot P next to Wait Chapel. 

Members of the media are reminded that all sessions held in Wait Chapel are worship services.  No flash or roaming photography will be permitted.  Videographers and photographers may set up in the balcony or on the stairs and landings leading to the balcony near the audio console in Wait Chapel.  Audio feeds are available for broadcast media.

Special notes for Maya Angelou’s session:  Photography will be limited to the first five minutes of her presentation, at 1 p.m. on April 24.  Requests for advance interviews may be made by e-mailing

Seven workshops during the two days will be presented in Benson University Center, led by individuals from the Southeast working in ministries related to education, health care, homelessness, the environment, immigration and strategies for ministry. All workshop sessions are also open to the media. 

A complete schedule of events is available online at

A map of the Wake Forest campus is available at

Media are also invited to attend a dinner sponsored by Baptists Today magazine honoring James Dunn, resident professor of Christianity and public policy at the School of Divinity and former executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee.  Dunn will receive the annual Judson-Rice Award for his lifetime of achievement.  Bill Leonard, dean of the Wake Forest School of Divinity, and Dunn will both speak.  The dinner will be held at 5 p.m. April 24 at the Bridger Field House at Wake Forest’s BB&T Field.  The event is open to media.  Call Baptists Today at 877-752-5658 or visit for more information.

Media contacts for the event are Audrey Fannin of Wake Forest University (336-758-4393 or 336-480-1947, and Lance Wallace of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (404-644-2838,

Press Contacts:

Audrey Fannin
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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