Scholarship Winners

Two categories of scholarships will be awarded annually to be selected by the J. Sherman Pelt Scholarship Committee. Applicants will be eligible for only one award per year and must submit an application either as a Seminary Student (Category I) or LBC Atlanta Member (Category II). To be eligible, apply during the April 1 – May 31 acceptance period.

J. Sherman Pelt Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations 2021 Recipients!

Category I – Seminary Students

Torrey Fingal:
Torrey Fingal (or Pastor Torrey, as he is affectionately called) has been serving the Lord since he was 15 years old. He accepted his call and began preaching at the age of 17. After moving to New Orleans in 2004 to attend Xavier University and graduating cum laude with a B.S. in Chemistry, Torrey continued to work in ministry as a musician, Psalmist, and preacher. He was licensed in October 2008 and ordained in January 2020. Torrey has served in and led a wide range of church ministries including Overseer of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Special Assistant to the Senior Pastor, Marketing Director, Chief Strategist, and the First Assistant Pastor. He also serves as Digital Media Specialist for the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International. Pastor Torrey’s unique approach to the Word of God has made him a favorite among both the young and the young-at-heart. His educational background and anointing allow him the ability to blend theology with science, philosophy, and elements of psychology to be an effective minister of the Gospel. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Divinity at the United Theological Seminary. Pastor Torrey is the husband of Alaina Fingal and the father of two daughters Tori Michelle and Alyssa Jade.
Anthony Alann Johnson:
Reverend Anthony Johnson is a graduate of Talladega College, Morehouse School of Religion, and Emory University. Reverend Johnson is currently a doctoral student at United Theological Seminary. His focus group is “Building Dr. King’s Beloved Community” with an emphasis on Black/Jewish relations. He was licensed and ordained in 1996 by his grandfather, the late Rev. Dr. Nelson Henry Smith Jr., a renown international Civil Rights Icon. Reverend Johnson was the first hired as an America Regional Organizer for Obama in the State of Alabama. He established campaign headquarters in Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and later in Detroit. He has served as a Legislative Aide in the Georgia and Florida House of Representatives and was elected to serve as a State Representative in the Alabama State Legislature. With an outstanding 25-year record of service in the political, civic, and religious arenas, Reverend Anthony Alann Johnson is a sought-after speaker on the topics of Civil Rights, Community Engagement, Interfaith Collaboration, and a staunch advocate for civil and human rights.
Timothy Shaw:
Timothy Shaw, a native of East St. Louis, IL was born to Mr. Timothy Shaw, Sr. and the late Mrs. Angelia Parker. Rev. Shaw graduated from East St. Louis Sr. High School and received his Associate’s Degree from Shawnee Community College. Rev. Shaw completed a Bachelor of Theology from Anchor Theological Seminary and Bible Institute. He has also completed his Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies at Covenant Theological Seminary and his Master of Divinity degree at Luther Rice Seminary. At the age of 32, Rev. Shaw is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree at Lancaster Theological Seminary. He is married to his beautiful wife, Jameshia Shaw. Together, Rev. Shaw and Sis. Shaw has three wonderful children Jace, Trinity and Tristin Shaw.
Andrea Wilson:
The life mission for Andrea Wilson, is to win the loss by exposing and imposing mankind to the Word and power of God through music, preaching, prayer, and love. She’s passionate about ministering to those with wounded hearts and broken spirits, and currently has a weekly broadcast every Friday morning at 7:00 A.M. on Facebook Live entitled “Morning Glory”. As an adoptee, she knows firsthand that God is able to heal all of our souls’ diseases and can attest to the priceless, perfect peace of God. She believes prayer is one of the most powerful and effective change agents in this world, and that your feet are the truest testament to what a believer really believes. She is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity Degree at Mercer University-McAfee School of Theology. An ordained elder at Changing a Generation Full Gospel Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA, she is an instructional support specialist in a local adult education program helping students realize their postsecondary dreams, goals and providing opportunities that can improve their quality of living. No matter the form of ministry, her dedicated life and love for God permeates throughout her every endeavor.

Category II - Liberty Baptist Church-Atlanta Students

William Anthony Pleasant:

William Anthony Pleasant is a focused driven innovative young man who strives for excellence. At an early age he realized math stimulated all of his senses. The art of deciphering and completing math challenges piqued his interests and propelled him to search for a career where math computations would be a cornerstone in solving real world problems. William is currently pursuing a Biomedical Engineering major at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Graduating summa cum laude from Greater Atlanta Christian School with a GPA of 4.33, exemplifies his zeal for education. He gives all the glory to God and a strong village of supporters. Liberty Baptist Church, where he was baptized by Dr. J. Sherman Pelt and his grandparents William and Mattie Smith, members for 55 years, have been the main pillars. While his parents, Tony and Shyronda Pleasant, aunt and uncle Denise Brown and Erick Thomas complete the foundation. His foundation is built on Christian morals that he wants to spread. His prayer is to remain humble and allow God to complete the wonderful work He began in him. William is also an accomplished saxophonist playing both the Alto and Baritone.

Alaina Jane Rearden:

Alaina Jane Rearden is a 2021 graduate and honor student of Woodland High School in Stockbridge, GA. In the fall of 2021, she will attend Georgia Southern University. In college, she plans to major in biology and minor in psychology. She also plans to participate in orchestra, a variety of clubs, and a sign language program. Her future goals are to complete medical school and become a successful doctor, specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her aspiration is to own her own practice.

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