Ten theology students receive Dempster fellowships
March 7, 2005
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:
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.
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
• 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
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.