ELCA NEWS SERVICE
October 11, 2012
ELCA Fund for Leaders honors 2012-2013 scholarship recipients
CHICAGO (ELCA) -- As part of its commitment to supporting seminary students preparing for ministry, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Fund for Leaders honored 16 first-year seminarians with full-tuition scholarships starting with the 2012-2013 academic year. Each student is enrolled in one of the eight ELCA seminaries.
The students were honored Oct. 5 at a banquet attended by ELCA synod bishops, synod vice presidents, seminary presidents, churchwide ministries' leaders, donors and supporters of the ELCA Fund for Leaders.
"You bring the light of Jesus. You bring the presence of the spirit. You bring the life of the way of the cross with you, and through you, God is already renewing this church," said ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson. In his address to the recipients, Hanson thanked ELCA seminaries and the 65 synods of this church for their role in developing new leaders.
"Tonight we say thanks be to God for all the people you've brought with you," Hanson said. "It's the responsibility of everyone in this room, particularly bishops, vice presidents of synods and seminary faculty to prepare a church to be ready to receive you," he said, adding, "We've got to be ready for the church to receive your gifts, your wisdom, your curiosity, your love for Jesus, your desire to work for justice and peace."
Students receiving full-tuition scholarships are:
+ Lamar Bailey, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg
+ Brett Betkoski, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
+ Joseph Graumann, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg
+ Daniel Hanson, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.
+ Rachel Harriz, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, S.C.
+ Aleese Kenitzer, Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa
+ Daniel Locke, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
+ Dominique McFall, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, Calif.
+ Dione Miller, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
+ Janelle Neubauer, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
+ Lisa Reshad, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio
+ Elyssa Salinas, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
+ Jessica Schenk, Luther Seminary
+ Delaney Schlake, Trinity Lutheran Seminary
+ Paul Waterman, Wartburg Theological Seminary
+ Kaitlin Winter-Eulberg, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
The ceremony also included a special presentation from the Rev. Roger Haug and the Rev. Paige Whitney, Grace Lutheran Church in Waseca, Minn. Whitney was a Fund for Leaders scholarship recipient in 2007. She and Haug presented a $250,000 gift to create the Grace Lutheran Church Seminary Scholarship Fund in honor of the congregation's 75th anniversary this year. The scholarship gift will be part of the ELCA Southeastern Minnesota Synod Fund for Leaders endowment.
Now in its 12th year, the Fund for Leaders is an ELCA initiative to build an endowed scholarship resource to provide tuition assistance for qualified candidates studying at ELCA seminaries. When fully endowed, the fund's goal is to provide full-tuition assistance for every ELCA seminary student committed to a future in parish ministry.
"This is a diverse and exciting group, representative of their colleagues who are also entering seminary," said Michael Nevergall, who serves as director for ELCA Fund for Leaders. "I am very excited about where we are headed."
Information about the ELCA Fund for Leaders is available at http://www.ELCA.org/fundforleaders on the ELCA website.
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About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:
The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with 4.2 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of "God's work. Our hands," the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer, Martin Luther.
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Melissa Ramirez Cooper
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