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What is the Timothy project?

The Timothy Project exists to encourage and equip people who are called to Christian leadership, vocational ministry, or cross-cultural missions by providing biblical and theological education, intentional mentorships, vocational and missional experiences, pastoral and leadership conferences, and various publications.

“You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.”

2 Timothy 2: 1-2





The Timothy Project provides biblical and theological education through various classes, including master’s level courses through The Equip Network of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Classes are open to anyone. Seminary credit can be earned by enrolling in SEBTS and completing required assignments.

Certificate Track & SEBTS Track

Certificate Track Levels

  • Disciple’s Certificate: 4 practicums

  • Teachers’ Certificate: 4 practicums + 2 workshops

  • Ministry Leader Certificate: 8 practicums + 2 workshops


SEBTS Track: enroll in SEBTS, earn credit toward degree


Practicums: semester length, audit/SEBTS credit

Workshops: Colonial Heights designed curriculum

  • Teaching Practicum

  • Basics in Christian Counseling 

  • Lifespan Development & Discipleship



Through The Timothy Project, we will provide training for pastors and church leaders (locally and internationally) through training conferences, mission partnerships, and local networks.

Session videos

conference 2022
Session Videos

Pastors roundtable

Quarterly • $10/event • August 2023 - May 2024 • 11am - 1pm

Join other senior/lead pastors for brainstorming, encouragement, prayer, and fellowship. We believe each of our churches will be stronger when we help gospel-centered churches around to thrive. Quarterly meetings focus on leadership topics specifically pertaining to the lead pastor. Cost includes lunch, training, and free resources.


2nd Thursday (Monthly) • $100/annually • August 2023 - May 2024 • 11am - 1pm

Join a Leadership Cohort through The Timothy Project to be a part of ongoing training, prayer, and accountability – all within the context of friendly, supportive relationships. Monthly meetings focus on Christian leadership topics that help young ministers engage in gospel ministry with wisdom and discernment. Membership includes lunch, training, and free resources.


High School students who exhibit exemplary Christian character, leadership potential, and willingness will be extended an invitation to participate in Student Leadership University.


Books, blogs, podcasts, and music will be written and produced for evangelism, leadership training, and the glory of God. Explore some of our most current resources by visiting the Resources page.

Leadership Cohort



The Timothy Project offers internships, apprenticeships, and residencies in specific areas of ministry (paid and unpaid) under the supervision of a member of the pastoral or ministerial staff of Colonial Heights.


  • Paid and Unpaid

  • Short-Term (semester or summer)

  • Mentored Internship: SEBTS credit


  • Paid employment

  • At least one year


  • Paid employment

  • Multiple years



leadership pipeline

The Timothy Project partners with and prepares people called to cross-cultural missions through intentional mentoring and participation in training modules through the NAMB and IMB of the SBC.

Church planting pipeline

Cross-cultural missions




Chad Hunsberger 
I have been in ministry for over 20 years and have served churches in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. I attended Samford University in Birmingham, and while serving at a church, I met Gloria. We were married soon after graduation in 2004. I completed my Master’s degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2010 and earned my Doctorate of Ministry from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2014. Gloria and I have four children; Abigail, Luke, Lottie, and Zeke. I have been blessed with opportunities to train church leaders and preach the gospel throughout the United States and in over 20 countries, but one of my greatest blessings is to serve as Lead Pastor at Colonial Heights Baptist Church in Ridgeland, MS.

Jerry Welch

I am honored to serve as Family Discipleship Pastor and Elder at Colonial Heights Baptist Church. A little about me: I married my best friend, Julie, in March of 1996. She and I have been blessed with three amazing kids who are now teaching us how to parent and love unconditionally through the teenage (and college) years. I have served on the staff of churches in Texas, Alabama, and Mississippi for the last twenty five years. I love education and teaching and organizing things. I am typically the "detail guy." I earned a PhD in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. I enjoy editing Chad's books, teaching in our college ministry, and training the next generation of Christian leaders.

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