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About English as a Second Language

Reach the world right here.

God has brought “every tribe, tongue, and nation” to the doorstep of SBC of Virginia churches. We, today, have a unique opportunity to fulfill the Great Commission to “make disciples of all nations” by reaching out to our non-English-speaking neighbors through English as a Second Language (ESL) ministries.

Reach the world everywhere.

Southern Baptists have a great heritage of going to every part of the world to share the Good News. ESL can open doors for the Truth, even in areas where traditional evangelism methods are not permitted. Training you receive can help you reach non-English- speaking friends and neighbors in Virginia, but it doesn’t stop there. ESL can help you reach the nations—from the nations.

Interested in getting involved?

Want to start an ESL ministry in your church? Interested in training to be a teacher?

Please contact Jim & Susan Austin (804-748-7070) or with questions.


In order to teach in an ESL ministry, you are required to complete a four-part workshop which qualifies you for certification through the North American Mission Board.

SBC of Virginia Churches offer training at various times throughout the year. Check the ESL or Events pages on our website for postings about the latest training opportunities.  Upcoming Trainings include:

  • September 26-28, 2013 at First Baptist Church, Norfolk
  • October 10-12, 2013 at Colonial Heights Baptist Church, Colonial Heights
  • October 17-19, 2013 at Radford Baptist Church, Moneta
  • November 21-23, 2013 at Swift Creek Baptist Church, Midlothian