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Forum for Theological Exploration Announces Grant Recipients

March 16, 2016

​The Forum for Theological Exploration is pleased to announce its 2015 grant recipients. Click on the grant title below to view the list of 2015 recipients. Please click “download” to learn more about each grant recipient’s program.

Recruitment for Ministry Grant

Intentional Communities on College Campuses Grant

Congregations Working with Young Adults Grant

Pastoral Internship Grant

Mentoring for Young Adults Grant

Vocational Resources Grant

Cultivating Future Leaders - Bundled Grant

Vocational Friendship Grant

Ministry Exploration and Mentoring Grant

Recruitment for Ministry Grant Recipients

Grant to provide leaders (FTE/TiM Alumni) opportunities to identify young adults with gifts for ministry, accompany them in the exploration of their purpose and cultivate them for Christian leadership.

Linwood T. Blizzard – FTE Fellow ‘01

Macedonia Baptist Church - Heathsville, VA

Matthew Brown - FTE Fellow ‘10

Diocese of New York and New Jersey (Orthodox Church in America)

Anne Clarke – FTE Fellow ’11, ‘12

Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Northern CA – Sacramento, CA

Julian DeShazier – FTE Fellow ‘08

University Church of Chicago – Chicago, IL

Renee Harrison – FTE Fellow ‘04

Howard University, School of Divinity – Washington, D.C.

Leslie Lang – FTE Fellow ‘11

Mere Christianity Forum – Travelers Rest, SC

Gerald Liu – FTE Fellow ‘12

Drew Theological School – Madison, NJ & Church of the Village – Manhattan, NY

Christina Repoley – FTE Fellow ‘09

Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) – Atlanta, GA

K. Monet Rice-Jalloh – TiM Participant ‘10

Wake Forest University – Winston Salem, NC

Intentional Communities on College Campuses Grant Recipients

Grant to provide intentional Christian communities opportunities to develop programs for students to explore their purpose and call within a community of support. This grant also allows communities to develop their staff’s capacity to accompany young adults in vocational discernment.

Missional Wisdom Foundation – Southlake, TX

Vocation and Community

Gordon College – Wenham, MA

Intentional Christian Community on Campus of Gordon College

UK Wesley Foundation – Lexington, KY

LEAD Program

Hope College – Holland, MI

Belonging, Being, and Action-Calling and Purpose

United Wesley Foundation – Miami, FL

Wesley House Ministry

UKirk Ministries of Greensboro - Greensboro, NC

A Holistic Approach to Vocational Discernment: Focus and Direction for the Mind, Body and Soul

InterVarsity’s Fresno Institute for Urban Leadership (FIFUL) – Fresno, CA

Engaging Missional Careers Module (EMCM)

Calvin College - Grand Rapids, MI

Making Room: Exploring Vocation to Support Diversity, Partnerships, and Practice

University of Dayton – Dayton, OH

Exploring Vocation in Faith Based Houses

Congregations Working With Young Adults Grant Recipients

Grant to support congregations accompanying young adults in their exploration of vocation and Christian ministry.

Dublin St. United Church - Ontario, Canada

Online Resource Development

Church of the Pilgrims - Washington, DC

Distinguishing the Fleeting Moments

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square - Chicago, IL

“Here I Am, Lord” - Eli & Samuel in the Temple, Listening for the Voice of God

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church - Richmond, VA

Integrating Belief and Action: Seeking God’s Call in our Lives

North Avenue Presbyterian Church - Atlanta, GA

Discovering Vocation in Your Occupation

Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer - Minneapolis, MN

Young Adults Vocational Exploration

Ballard First Lutheran Church - Seattle, WA

Renewal: A Spiritual Community for the Next Generation of Faith Leaders

Pastoral Internship Grant Recipients

Grants to provide internships in traditional and new forms of church, introducing young adults to pastoral ministry and congregational ministries engaged in the broader community.

Spring Recipients:

New Elizabeth AME Church - Newark, DE

Pastoral Internship Program

John Knox Presbyterian Church - Greenville, SC

Speak, for Your Servant is Listening: Discerning God’s Call within a Circles of Trust Model

National Avenue Christian Church - Springfield, MO

2015 Internship Program

Allen Temple AME Church - Marion, IN

Allen Temple Christian Youth Community Leadership Exploration (AT-CYCLE) Program

St. Paul’s Baptist Church - West Chester, PA

Summit 2016: Generation Next Now

First United Methodist Church Dallas - Dallas, TX

First Church Fellows

The Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity (ISAAC) - South Pasadena, CA

A Bilateral Summer Pastoral Internship

Mosaic Church of Clayton - Clayton, NC

Pastoral Internship

Fall Recipients:

Messiah Lutheran Church - Vancouver, WA

College Student Summer Internship Program

The Vine Church – Braselton, GA

Pastoral Internship Program

St. Luke Missionary Baptist (The Luke Church) – Humble, TX

Internship Program

New Mount Zion Church – Roxboro, NC

Joshua Ministry

Richfield Community Church – Yorba Linda, CA

Young Adult Ministries Intern

Mentoring for Young Adults Grant Recipients

Grants to diverse leaders of congregations and church-related organizations working to develop mentoring programs to encourage and inspire young adults exploring a call to Christian ministry.

Spring Recipients:

Scarritt Bennett Center – Nashville, TN

Mentoring for Social Justice

The Bridge Church – Cleveland, GA

Mentoring Ministries

The School for Conversion – Durham, NC

Pilgrimage as a Practice for Vocational Discernment: 21st Century Freedom Ride

Fall Recipients:

Rivers of Living Faith – Bronx, NY

WAVE (Worthy, Anointed, Victorious & Empowered)

School for Conversion - Durham, NC

Septima Clark Fellows Program

TCU Wesleyan Foundation – Fort Worth, TX

Project Timothy

Wilshire Baptist Church – Dallas, TX


Vocational Resources Grant Recipients

Grants to diverse congregations and church-related organizations to develop vocational resources that support young people exploring Christian ministry.

Faith Matters Network – Nashville, TN

Storytelling as a Tool for Vocational Discernment

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral – Phoenix, AZ

CVC - Connections, Vocations, Community

The General Board of Church & Society of the United Methodist Church – Washington, DC

Discerning God’s Call in Public Life

American Baptist Churches of Greater Indianapolis

Vocation Discernment Program

Center for FaithJustice - Lawrence Township, NJ

Essentials of Dialogue for LeaderworX Curriculum

Cultivating Future Leaders – Bundled Grant Recipients

Boston University’s Marsh Chapel – Boston, MA

Cultivating Future Leader Program

Urban Village Church – Chicago, IL

Young Leaders Residency Program

Vocational Friendship Grant Recipients

Grants to deepen friendships that have nurtured and sustained pastoral leaders on their vocational journey.

Spring Recipients:

Semaj Vanzant

The Christ Experience UMC, Oklahoma, OK

Mary Prentice-Hyers

Pulpit Supply and Member of Presbytery of Troon, Scotland

Damon Williams

Providence Missionary Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA

Andrew Jaspers

St. John the Baptist Church, New Brighton, MN

Jacquelin Lawson

Chaplain, Eventide at Sheyenne Crossings, West Fargo, ND

Matthew Johnson

Ridgewood Baptist Church, Louisville, KY

Anthony Livolsi

Old South Church, Boston, MA

Jennie Ott

Lake Oswego United Church of Christ, Lake Oswego, OR

Rehiel Tesfamariam

Urban Cusp and First Corinth Baptist Church, New York, NY

Zayna Thompson

First Congregational United Church of Christ, Platteville, WI

Fall Recipients

Gretchen Deeg

United Church of Christ, Bismarck, ND

John Allen

First Congregational Church of Milton, MA

Lindsay Conrad

First Presbyterian Church, Burlington, NC

Edwin Estevez

Riverfront Church, Wilmington, DE

Kathryn Russell

Broadway Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) – Council Bluffs, IA

Diane Faires

St. Paul’s Christian Church, Raleigh, NC

John Alvaro

Spring Creek Baptist Churc, Oklahoma City, OK

Katrina Schaafsma

Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC

Owen Chandler

Saguaro Christian Church, Tucson, AZ

Meredith Harber

Eben Ezer Lutheran Church and Oaks, OK

Craig Robinson

Betel AME Church, Bay Shore, NY

Joe Ella Darby

The Sunday School Publishing Board, Nashville, TN

Anna Fulmer

Spring Hill Presbyterian Church, Mobile, AL

Ministry Exploration and Mentoring Grant Recipients

Grant to young adults to develop mentoring relationships with innovative Christian pastors and leaders, explore ministry as a vocation and connect them with congregations within communities they want to serve.

Calla Marie Couch

Mentor: Annie Selak - Ph.D. Student, Boston College/Lay Ecclesial Minister, Roman Catholic Church

Jessica Fortner

Mentor: Kaye Edwards – Retired Minister, Disciples of Christ/United Church of Christ

Adriana Foster & Meg Brauckmann

Mentor: Joan Sattler - TeamMember, Racial Justice Circle, Call to Action

Hye Sung Gehring

Mentor: Micah Bales - Bi-vocational Minister

Patrick Keyser

Mentor: Barbara Ambrose – Deacon, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

Michael Henry Kinsman

Mentor: Dominic Rivkin – Executive Director, LINC Los Angeles

Thomas “Ethan” Lowery

Mentor: Caroline McCall – All Souls Episcopal Parish

Samantha Menapace & Susie Wold

Mentor: Leslie Lang – Assistant Director, Mere Christianity Forum

Victoria Moore & Brooke Taylor

Mentors: Joseph Muth - Pastor, St. Matthew Catholic Church & Denise Janssen – Executive Director, The Resource Center

Charles Penny

Mentor: LaTonya McIver – Pastor, New Mount Zion Baptist Church

Margaret “Margie” Quinn

Mentor: Dee Wells – Woodmont Christian Church

Courtney Sanford

Mentor: Elizabeth Murray – Director of Hispanic Worship, Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church

Sarah Emily Seibert

Mentor: Casey FitzGerald – Storyteller, Network of Biblical Storytelling/ Associate Pastor, Westminster Presbyterian Church

Emily Wilkes

Mentor: Shannon Beck - Reconciliation Catalyst, Presbyterian Church (USA) World Mission

Press Contact

For more information please contact Kimberly R. Daniel. p 678-369-6243