Scholarships offered to next generation of seminary professors

GBHEM Names 2011-2012 Dempster Scholars

Thirteen students have been selected for the Dempster Graduate Fellowships, which support students who are committed  to serving the church by becoming seminary professors who will educate the next generation of United Methodist pastors.

The fellowships are funded by the Ministerial Education Fund through General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s  Division of  Ordained Ministry. Awards—based on the student’s academic achievement, their commitment to Christian ministry, and their promise as educators—carry a value of up to $10,000 annually, with a maximum of  $30,000 over a five-year period.

“These awards represent The United Methodist Church’s strong commitment to excellence in theological education and have helped graduate students move toward careers in theological education for the past five decades, said the Rev. Helen R. Neinast, who works with ministerial education as a consultant for the Division of Ordained Ministry.

The award is named for the Rev. John Dempster, a pioneer in United Methodist theological education. Converted at a Methodist camp meeting in 1812, Dempster preached in New York, served as a missionary in Argentina, and founded Boston University School of Theology and Garrett Biblical Institute (Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary) in Evanston, Ill.

Scholars’ fields of study range from biblical studies to Christian ethics to preaching and music to historical theology, early church history, and missions. “All these scholars have committed themselves to the education of pastoral leaders for the church and have shown promise for that work,” Neinast said.

The 2011-12 Dempster Graduate Fellowship recipients are:

  • Katherine Brown (Baltimore-Washington Conference) is a graduate of  the University of Maryland, College Park, the University of Maryland  School of Law, and Wesley Theological Seminary.  She will be enrolled in her first semester of a Ph.D. program at Catholic University in the fall of 2011.
  • Andrew Dunning (Rocky Mountain Conference) is a graduate of University of the Redlands and Iliff School of Theology.  He is currently enrolled in his third year of a Ph.D. program at Southern Methodist University.
  • Adam Ployd (Virginia Conference), is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Candler School of Theology.  He is currently enrolled in his third year of a Ph.D. program at Emory University.
  • David Scott (New England Conference) is a graduate of Lawrence University and Boston University School of Theology.  He is currently enrolled in his third year of a Ph.D. program at Boston University School of Theology.
  • Gerald Liu (Mississippi Conference) is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and Candler School of Theology.  He is currently enrolled in his fourth year of a Ph.D. program at Vanderbilt University.
  • Nancy Hale (Upper New York Conference) is a graduate of Binghampton University and Boston University School of Theology.  She is in her third year of a Th.D. program at Boston University School of Theology.
  • Jennifer Quigley (West Ohio  Conference) is a graduate of Boston University and Boston University School of Theology.  She will be enrolled in her first year of a Ph.D. program at Boston University School of Theology in the fall of 2011.
  • Carolyn Davis (Texas  Conference) is  a graduate of Southern Methodist University and Candler School of Theology.  She is in her third year of a Ph.D. program at Vanderbilt University.
  • Erika Hirsch (New England  Conference) is  a graduate of Emory University and Yale Divinity School.   She is in her third year of a Ph.D. program at Boston University School of Theology.
  • Stephen Cady (Kansas East  Conference ) is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  He is in his third year of a Ph.D. program at Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Sangwoo Kim (New England Conference)  is a graduate of Seoul National University in South Korea, Harvard Divinity School, and Emory University.  He is in his third year of a Th.D. program at Duke Divinity School.
  • Julie Todd (New England  Conference) is a graduate of Boston University and Boston University School of Theology.  She is currently enrolled in her sixth year of a joint Ph.D. program at Iliff School of Theology.
  • Mark Chung Hearn (California-Pacific Conference) is a graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Asbury Theological Seminary, and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He is in his sixth year of a Ph.D. program at Claremont School of Theology.

To learn more about the Dempster Fellowships, visit www.gbhem.org/dempsterfellowship. To donate to the endowment online, visitwww.umhef.org.