For Immediate Release
Contact: Kelly McLendon at 404-727-4481
(Nov. 15, 2006) Answering a call to ministry in the United Methodist Church means more than raising one's hand and saying, "Here am I." For those answering a call to United Methodist ministry in the local church, it also means choosing a seminary, moving to a new place, and finding a way to finance this education.
Candler School of Theology hopes to ease the transition for members of the Kansas East, Kansas West, and Missouri Annual Conferences interested in ordained ministry. Students from these conferences who demonstrate promise for ministry, academic ability, and commitment to the pastorate of local congregations are eligible to receive the full-tuition Frank Scholarship.
Friends and family established the Eugene M. and Wilma A. Frank Scholarship Endowment to honor the Franks' love for young people, for the work of Candler, and for the ministry of the church. The Franks shared a lifelong passion for young people and have assisted many students and young families with money, food, and counsel. Their spirit of generosity continues with the Frank Scholarship.
Rev. Stephanie Roth-Evans is a shining example of how that generosity brings good students to Candler and then back to their home conferences. Rev. Roth-Evans, who now serves First United Methodist Church in Saint Charles, Missouri, claims that the scholarship was instrumental in her choosing Candler, allowing her to "enter ministry without an overwhelming load of debt or constraint from financial concerns." Once she began serving a church in Kansas, she realized that the scholarship helped connect her to past and future Frank Scholars in the Kansas East and Missouri conferences.
Bishop Frank, elected to the episcopacy in 1956, served the Arkansas and Missouri areas. He was president of the Council of Bishops in 1968 when the United Methodist Church was formed in a merger of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren. Bishop Frank's interest in theological education led him to serve as a founding member of the board of St. Paul School of Theology, and as a Bishop-in-Residence at Candler.
The school of theology hopes that those in the Kansas and Missouri conferences who have heard the call to ministry in their lives will consider pursuing it at Candler. As Rev. Roth-Evans suggests, Midwestern students coming to the South for seminary and then returning to serve in the Midwest "adds theological and experiential diversity" to both places.
Candler School of Theology is 1 of 13 United Methodist seminaries in the United States. Its mission is to education ï¿½ through scholarship, teaching, and service ï¿½ faithful and creative leaders for the churchï¿½s ministries in the world. Candler offers programs leading to master of divinity, master of theological studies, master of theology, and doctor of theology degrees.
Emory University is known for its demanding academics, outstanding undergraduate college of arts and sciences, highly ranked professional schools and state-of-the-art research facilities. For nearly two decades Emory has been named one of the country's top 25 national universities by U.S. News & World Report.
Those interested in applying for the Frank Scholarship should submit their applications to Candler School of Theology by March 1, 2007.
For more information, contact:
Rev. Shonda Jones
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Candler School of Theology
Atlanta, GA 30322