C. Otis Brooks Fund for Pastoral Leadership Enrichment

C. Otis Brooks The C. Otis Brooks Fund for Pastoral Leadership Enrichment was established by the Resource Center for Pastoral Excellence to provide scholarships for ministerial Sabbath and Study leaves through the Center's Sabbath Leave Program.  The fund is in honor of Dr. C. Otis Brooks, pastor emeritus of Vestavia Hills Baptist Church.  The program will provide opportunities for ministers to experience spiritual, mental, physical and emotional renewal through "Sabbath" time of three weeks to three months or "Study Leave" time of up to two weeks away from ministry duties.

"Over the decades of his ministry, Dr. Brooks has been a true mentor, teacher, colleague, and friend to ministers," said Michael Wilson, RCPE program director.  "His kind, caring manner and the way he always seems to find an encouraging word to say are only two examples of many ways he has been a role model of effective pastoral ministry.  This fund will allow us to extend his positive influence in the lives of ministers far into the future."

The new fund will help make it possible to participate in an activity Brooks found to be among the most beneficial to him and his ministry.  The responsibilities and demands of congregational ministry are such that time away for mental, spiritual and physical renewal is rare.  Very early he discovered the importance of extended time set aside for study and renewal.  Brooks made it his practice to spend a period of weeks each year for the purpose of such renewal.

Of the new fund, Brooks said, "The time away for study and renewal was of such benefit to me, I started making it a part of my routine each year.  I'm glad this new fund will help other ministers have opportunities for Sabbath time.  I know from experience what a difference it can make in their lives and ministries."

Brooks retired from Vestavia in 1988 but remained active in Baptist life over the years.  He was interim pastor of Kowloon Baptist Church in Hong Kong for six month after his retirement.  Later, he was chaplain of Unity Hospice and Minister to Senior Adults at Vestavia Hills.

Samford University conferred an honorary doctorate on Brooks in 1987.

For more information about the Brooks Fund for Pastoral Leadership Enrichment, contact Michael Wilson via email or at (205)726-4064.  Donations may be sent to the Office of University Advancement, Samford University, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL,  35229, indiciating the gift is to the RCPE Brooks Fund.  Give online at www.samford.edu/giving.