GBHEM Names 2012-2013 Dempster Scholars

3/6/2012

Eight students have been selected by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry as the next class of Dempster Scholars. The Dempster Graduate Fellowship supports doctoral students who are committed to serving the church by becoming professors who will educate the next generation of United Methodist pastors.

The fellowships are funded by the Ministerial Education Fund through GBHEM’s Division of Ordained Ministry.

 

“The Dempster Scholars represent a new generation’s commitment to leadership that is rooted and shaped in the Wesleyan tradition. The awards will help these particular graduate students move toward careers in theological education,” said the Rev. Rena Yocom, assistant general secretary for Clergy Formation and Theological Education.

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

Of the eight Dempster Scholars, two are studying at Vanderbilt University, and the others are studying at Drew University, Duke University, Emory University, Harvard Divinity School, Rice University, and Southern Methodist University. They were chosen by a Selection Committee composed of faculty from the United Methodist seminaries.

Scholars’ fields of study range from biblical studies to Christian ethics to preaching, liturgy and sacred music to historical theology, and mission. “Doctoral programs take time and money. We, in the church, want these scholars to succeed; we want them to complete their studies and train other leaders; therefore, we assist them with both prayer and financial resources,” Yocom said.

 

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.

The 2012-2013 Dempster Graduate Fellowship recipients are:

  • Carolyn Davis (Texas Annual Conference) is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and Candler School of Theology. She is currently enrolled in her fourth year of a Ph.D. program at Vanderbilt University.
  • Darius Hills (Louisiana Annual Conference) is a graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He is currently enrolled in his third year of a Ph.D. program at Rice University.
  • Amy Beth Jones (Upper New York Annual Conference) is a graduate of Nazareth College and Wesley Theological Seminary. She is currently enrolled in her third year of a Ph.D. program at Drew University.
  • Sangwoo Kim (New England Annual Conference) is a graduate of Seoul National University, Harvard Divinity School, and Emory University. He is currently enrolled in his fourth year of a Th.D. program at Duke Divinity School.
  • Gerald Liu (Mississippi Annual Conference) is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and Candler School of Theology. He is currently enrolled in his fifth year of a Ph.D. program at Vanderbilt University.
  • Michelle Morris (Arkansas Annual Conference) is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and Perkins School of Theology. She is currently enrolled in her third year of a Ph.D. program at Southern Methodist University.
  • Adam Ployd (Virginia Annual Conference) is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Candler School of Theology. He is currently enrolled in his fourth year of a Ph.D. program at Emory University.
  • Jennifer Quigley (West Ohio Annual Conference) is a graduate of Boston University and Boston University School of Theology. She is currently enrolled in her first year of a Th.D. program at Harvard Divinity School.

Learn more about the Dempster Fellowships by visiting www.gbhem.org/dempsterfellowship. To donate to the endowment online, visit www.umhef.org and select the Dempster Fund in the "Give To" drop-down.

 

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