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Ten theology students receive Dempster fellowships

 


Ten theology students receive Dempster fellowships

March 7, 2005       

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS)—Ten students preparing for careers in theological education have received Dempster Graduate Fellowships from the United Methodist Church for the 2005-06 academic year.

The awards, up to $10,000 for single students, are the largest graduate fellowships offered by a Protestant denomination, according to the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry in Nashville. The scholarships are given through the denomination’s ministerial education fund and the board's Division of Ordained Ministry.

The annual fellowships have helped graduate students move toward careers in theological education for the past five decades and represent the United Methodist Church’s commitment to theological education both in the United States and around the world, according to the Rev. Robert Kohler, a staff executive in the division.

The 51-year-old fellowships are named for John Dempster, a 19th-century Methodist preacher who helped establish three denominationally related seminaries.

The 2005-06 recipients are:

• Jeremy Todd Bakker, a certified candidate in the North Texas Annual Conference and graduate of the University of North Texas and Perkins School of Theology.  He is specializing in biblical studies at Perkins School of Theology, Dallas.
• Sharon Lynn Betsworth, an ordained elder in the Iowa Annual Conference and a graduate of Luther College, Wesley Theological Seminary and Princeton Theological Seminary. She is in her fourth year of doctoral studies, specializing in the New Testament at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif. Betsworth received a Dempster Fellowship for the 2004-05 academic year.
• Kevin M. Carnahan, a layperson in the Kansas West Annual Conference and a graduate of Southwestern College and Perkins School of Theology. He is a third-year doctoral candidate specializing in religious study/ethics at Southern Methodist University, Dallas.
• Terry Ray Clark, a full member of the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference, and graduate of Western Kentucky University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a fourth-year doctoral student specializing in the Hebrew Bible at Iliff School of Theology and the University of Denver.
• Mary K. Cavazos, an ordained elder in the West Ohio Annual Conference, is a graduate of Albion College and Methodist Theological School in Ohio. She is enrolled in her fourth year of a doctoral program at Drew University, specializing in 20th century U.S. religious history with a focus on race and gender.
• Charles Mayo Collier, a layperson in the North Carolina Annual Conference and graduate of Emory University and Duke Divinity School. He is a fifth-year doctoral student, specializing in theology and ethics in the Graduate Program in Religion at Duke University.
• Timothy Reinhold Eberhardt, an ordained elder in the Dakotas Annual Conference and a graduate of St. Olaf College and Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is a second-year doctoral student in the Graduate Department of Religion at Vanderbilt University, specializing in theological studies and ethics.
• Peter K. Han, a full member of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference, and graduate of the University of Illinois and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He is enrolled in his second year of a doctoral program at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, specializing in religious ethics.
• Darryl William Stephens, a certified candidate in the Texas Annual Conference, is a graduate of Rice University and Perkins School of Theology. He is enrolled in his fourth year of a doctoral program at the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Emory University and is specializing in Christian ethics and Methodist studies. Stephens received a Dempster Fellowship for the 2002-03 academic year.  
• Kirk Alan VanGilder, an ordained elder in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference, is a graduate of Ball State University and Iliff School of Theology. He is a third-year doctoral candidate at Boston University, specializing in practical theology, missions and deaf studies.

News media contact: Linda Green, (615) 742-5470 or
newsdesk@umcom.org.

 

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