Why the Dwight Bailey Institute?

Rev. Dwight K. Bailey, a beloved servant in the Disciples of Christ denomination, relocated to the Great River Region in 2018. While here for only a short while, he made an impact by showing us how to love and serve, as a reconciling body of believers. Through a generous donation, the Institute is being launched. Our prayer is that this Institute of Learning will empower GRR Disciples through learning opportunities as we move forward with the Regional vision to reach, teach, and transform lives through Christ’s love.

The launch of the “Bailey Institute of Learning” is an outpost of strategic goals established at our 2018 Regional Assembly, where we adopted our GRR Future Story. Our future story develops transformational clergy leaders who foster good collegial relationships and teach each other and resource congregational program life. These two goals have the potential to strengthen regional impact and witness as we focus on offering curriculum, specialized workshops, and fostering peer learning groups. Donated monies will be used for scholarships, tuition reimbursement for courses, workshops, and anti-racism and boundary training for congregations, pastors, and leaders.

Grants and Scholarships

Congregational Technology Grant Application ~ The purpose of the technology grant ($1500 limit) is to offer laptop computers, projectors, and/or internet access to congregations who are technologically challenged. This will allow congregations to access learning opportunities and spiritual resources through the Dwight Bailey Institute of Learning.

*Application Form Coming Soon

Individual Scholarship ~ The purpose of the individual scholarship is to offer the opportunity to attend a semester in a series as offered through the Dwight Bailey Institute of Learning. Individuals will need to attend by electronic means, or in person at a host site.

**This scholarship will be available in 2022.

*Application Form Coming Soon

Partner with Us

If you would like to partner with us to honor the life and legacy of Rev. Dwight Bailey, please consider a gift above and beyond your normal giving for a period of three (3) years to our Bailey Institute Fund which supports the development of the Bailey Institute of Learning. There is still work to be done. And we cannot do it without you, our partners, who see and share in the vision.

Ways to Give

To give on our website, click here. Make sure to select “Bailey Institute Fund” in the designation drop-down menu.

To give to our GoFundMe, click here.


Class Line-up for each Series

The Institute will hold three semesters each year; Fall, Spring, and Summer. Each semester will have four series. As of now, our four series are; Lay Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Technology, and the Bailey Series. Each series will each have four classes per semester which will meet once per week for four weeks. You may sign up for as little as one semester taking one series or as many series as you can fit into your schedule. Each series will consist of 12 classes across all three semesters. Evening classes will be from 7:00pm – 9:00pm and may finish earlier on any given evening. The Bailey Series will usually be stand alone, one day offerings on Saturdays from 10:00am – 2:00pm or Bible studies led on Mondays from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. The cost for each series will be $15 per semester. Cost is subject to change.

** 2021-2022 Semester Overview Description Coming Soon

Summer 2021

To kick start the Institute, two Bailey Series workshops will be held this Summer.

Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciliation Story Sharing Experiences ~ Saturday, July 17, 2021 10:00 am-2:00pm


The Reverend Doctor Laurie Pound Feille is Senior Minister of First Christian Church (DOC) in Minneapolis, MN. A native of Mississippi, Dr. Feille graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi and received her MDiv from Brite Divinity School. Dr. Feille received her Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Theological Seminary in 2018. Her thesis was Confessional Biblical Preaching in the Face of Whiteness: Challenging the Preacher’s Understanding of White Supremacy. Dr. Feille is the founder of Disciples Public Presence, co-facilitator for the Disciples Justice Ministries and is one of the founders of Standing Rock Camp, a camp for high school students across the United States and Canada held on the Standing Rock Reservation.

Rev. Donald Warren ~ Born and raised in Chicago to a single mother of eight children, Donald lost his right arm at the age of nine and spent two years in the hospital. He received all of his academic degrees through the U of A system; B.S. (Econ), MBA (Finance), and Juris Doctorate. He has served on the faculty of Arkansas Pine Bluff, UALR School of Law, Philander Smith College and Phillips County College. He has been employed as a professor, lawyer, judge, D-1 basketball coach, general contractor, painter and mechanic. Donald is married to Harriet and they have 4 adult children and three wonderful granddaughters. Donald currently serves as senior minister of First Christian Church Stuttgart (DOC) and is a member of the regional elders, the Anti-Racism Pro Reconciliation team and serves as a member at large on the Great River Region Board. Hobbies include running, cycling, motorcycling and flying airplanes.

Healthy Boundaries: Sabbath Self-Care ~ Saturday, August 21, 2021 10:00 am-2:00 pm


The Rev. Dr. Rosalyn R. Nichols is the organizing pastor of Freedom’s Chapel Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Memphis, TN. She is a native of Memphis, TN and proud to have graduated with honors from the historic Booker T. Washington High School and LeMoyne Owen College. In May 1996 Dr. Nichols graduated summa cum laude from the Memphis Theological Seminary and in 2004 she received her Doctor of Ministry degree from the historically black Virginia Union University in Richmond, VA.

In 1998 following the death of a childhood friend, as a result of relationship/domestic violence Dr. Nichols organized the 501(c)3 nonprofit, A More Excellent Way, Inc. (AWay) with a mission to help individuals from all walks of life to enter into, engage in and maintain spiritually healthy relationships toward the elimination of relationship violence. Dr. Nichols has focused her energy in helping faith communities regardless of faith tradition to examine how to define, practice and preach what it means to love. Through AWay, Inc. Dr. Nichols travels nationally preaching and teaching the message of 1 John 4.18, there is no fear in love, there is a more excellent way to live.