Congratulations to the 2014 Scholarship
In the 60th year of financial support to those preparing for ministry in
the PC(USA), the Apollos Committee of the Foundation selected 17 individuals to receive scholarships from among
the 56 who applied—four for $6,000 per academic year from named scholarships honoring former Foundation leaders,
and 13 for $3,000 per year from Apollos Scholarships.
Here is what they had to say on a variety of issues:
Howard B. Dooley Scholarship winner
Brian Douglas Beverly II
Describing his sense of call: I have wanted to be a pastor since I was a
child. Over the years
people have told me what [they thought] might be a potential career for me. I have been told that I should be an
electrician, fire fighter, psychologist, house appraiser, and many other occupations. However, God has called me to be a pastor
and I could not imagine myself doing anything else.
is a Senior at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
Presbytery of Care is Scioto Valley.
In his letter of acceptance, Brian said this: When my family and I knew that God
called us to go to seminary, it was a daunting task. We had to move from Ohio to Iowa, leaving behind our family, friends, and way of
life. Nevertheless, God
has been faithful to us and this scholarship is another vehicle that God has used to bless our
family. Thank you so
Eugene C. Dinsmore Scholarship winner Rachel Christine
Describing her gifts for ministry and how they might be used in the Church: Gifts
that I possess for ministry [include] the ability to listen, to encourage, to be patient, to teach, and to move
seamlessly throughout various age ranges in ministry. …I want to work towards mentoring and discipleship programs within the
church, to create safe spaces for college students and young adults to come and not only explore questions about
their faith, but to make their faith their own as they transition from the faith they’ve been taught into what
is a Senior at Princeton Theological Seminary
and is under
the care of Grace Presbytery as she prepares for ministry.
From her letter of acceptance: Words cannot adequately describe the elation I felt
as I read the letter—it is a true answer to prayer. I thank you for this scholarship. It is a blessing.
Robert K. Adams Scholarship winner
Caroline Alexandra Louise Newman
Describing her sense of call: Youth ministry introduced me to God and changed my
life as a teenager. What draws me to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament is a deep desire to introduce youth to the same
life-changing Love that was introduced to me. Upon [entering] seminary in 2012, I began to discern a call not
specifically focused on youth.
…Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean, one of my professors says, “The secret to youth ministry is that it
is just ministry.” Youth ministry is not ministry only to youth—it is ministry to parents, volunteers, and the entire
Newman is a Middler at Princeton Theological Seminary
Brunswick Presbytery has oversight of her preparation for
From her letter of acceptance: This scholarship is an incredible blessing, greatly
assisting me financially during my last two years of seminary. Thank you for your commitment to
Silas G. Kessler Scholarship winner
Describing her gifts for ministry and their use in the Church: I come to seminary
education and ministry as one who has sat in the pews for many years. I view empowering leaders—equipping
individuals to bear witness to God’s word and work in their life—as a major challenge that faces the Church
today. …My leadership
style, administrative gifts, and love of people combine the practical and pragmatic with nurturing and
imagination to encourage, nudge, and maybe even embolden individuals to live out each of their callings to be
disciples in the world.
Schrott is a Middler at Columbia Theological Seminary
Presbytery of Care is The Pines.
From her letter of acceptance: I am deeply indebted to the leadership of the
former Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Omaha for their foresight in developing a fund for theological
education and am appreciative that the Foundation continues to value the development of Teaching Elders by
supporting the distribution of funds for seminary scholarships. You are a blessing to the community of
faith in the present and the future.
Apollos Scholar – Chelsea Guenther
Describing the challenge facing the Church today: The Church in our age struggles
to confront a culture of consumerism and greed which contributes greatly to problems of environmental
destruction, global poverty and inequality…. At its root, the materialism of our society is a spiritual
Guenther Benham is a Senior at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the
Presbytery overseeing her preparation for ministry
From Chelsea’s letter of acceptance: I am delighted to
accept the Apollos Scholarship and am very grateful to the Foundation for this support during my final year of
Apollos Scholar – Rebekah Beam
Describing her spiritual pilgrimage: My childhood church and home were places
where people of all educational and socioeconomic backgrounds participated in worship and socialized
together. These early
integrative experiences began shaping my current calling to create ministries that cultivate genuine
relationships and partnerships with all people.
Carpenter is a Junior at Columbia Theological Seminary
and under the
care of Greater Atlanta Presbytery.
From Rebekah’s letter of appreciation: Six years ago, God called me to make a
career change. I began
working with the underserved, poor and oppressed. During the past six years, I have been given a priceless education about
how to grow a church and its outreach ministries. This scholarship helps to make up for the finances I had to give up in
order to prepare to fulfill God’s call on my life.
Apollos Scholar – Sarah Elizabeth
From an email to the Foundation: I have attached a photograph of myself …with my
late grandmother, Emily Buck.
She moved from the East Coast to New Mexico in 1939
to work at a Presbyterian mission school. My relationship with her nurtured and influenced the call I now seek to
answer…as a pastor who desires to know God deeply and to help others grow in meaningful relationship with their
Chivington-Buck is a Middler at San Francisco Theological Seminary
Fe Presbytery guides her preparation for ministry.
From her letter accepting the award: I am so thankful and honored to be a
recipient of the Apollos Scholarship.
I would like to thank the Board of the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation for the wonderful
work you all do to invest in future church leaders like myself.
Apollos Scholar – John Kirby
Describing his leadership style: I believe in leading by example…in the midst of
making decisions, whether they be everyday or life-changing, we must always remember to seek God’s leading
through prayer and discernment.
This challenges us to admit our weaknesses, rely on each other, and—most importantly—listen for
God’s voice in the middle of life’s challenges.
John Craft is
in his final year of Distance Education at
University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
Presbytery of Care is Shenandoah.
From John’s letter accepting the Scholarship: I am so grateful that I have the
privilege of writing to you today to accept the financial blessing of an Apollos
you for your support, and I ask for your prayers as this journey [preparation for ministry] comes to an end
and the next chapter is revealed by our magnificent God.
Apollos Scholar – Brittany Lynn
Describing her sense of call: The church community that I grew up in, and am
continuously inspired by, is a group of people who love and care for one another. …Though what we do is often on a small
scale, we are a force for good in our community, and I believe that affects peoples’ lives in big
ways. …Even if what I
do is small, I feel called to be a force for good through God.
Fiscus is a Junior at Columbia Theological Seminary
Presbytery of Arkansas has oversight of her preparation for
From her “thank you” letter: This scholarship money not only makes buying
textbooks, groceries, and gas a possibility for me, it also reminds me of the great amount of love and support
that I have received from my brothers and sisters in the Presbyterian Church. I promise that I will work and study
hard, and do everything that I can to grow into a better servant of the church and of Christ during my three
years at Columbia. Please know that your generous gift is
appreciated, and will be used with a grateful and humble heart.
Apollos Scholar – Carolyn Louise
Answering the question, What draws you to ministry? : During my teens my parents
said, “Enjoy Saturday night activities, but choir rehearsal is at 10:15 and church starts at
11.” I have willingly
been involved in church ever since as an ordained deacon and ruling elder, serving on most committees of the
church, as the youngest person ever to serve on a pastor nominating committee at my home church, and as Clerk of
Session. …I want to
serve the Lord with all my heart, mind and strength in whatever capacity I am needed. (No picture
is beginning her first year as a Distance Education student
University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
Inquirer with Missouri River Valley Presbytery.
Apollos Scholar – Patrick K.
Describing a major challenge facing the Church: The Church faces a crisis of a
diminishing church body.
My goal is to give people a reason to return to the church. People are yearning for
word of the Lord is unchanged in all these many years but the method and mode of delivery can
evolve. (No picture
Kiptum is a Middler at San Francisco Theological Seminary
Presbytery of Care is Santa Fe.
Apollos Scholar – Megan Colleen
Answering the question, What draws you to ministry? : After graduation, I wasn’t
sure what direction to go.
I majored in photography, but after a semester-long magazine internship, I realized I no
longer felt led to work in journalism. I decided to join the Young Adult Volunteer program and ended up
serving a year in Miami, Florida.
That year radically changed my life…. I learned that service, living simply, caring for others, and
learning to live in community were much stronger values than needing to make a large salary or have many
is a Middler at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Mission Presbytery oversees her preparation for ministry.
From Megan’s letter accepting the Scholarship: I am honored to be chosen by the
Foundation to receive this award.
It is a great relief to have help with expenses so that I am able to focus more on my schoolwork
as I prepare for ministry.
Apollos Scholar – Aaron Thomas
Describing his leadership style: I know that one individual cannot and should not
be the driving force behind everything, and I look forward to facilitating others’ use of their gifts and
passions. I believe
that the primary roles of a pastor in this sense should be (1) to help discern a unifying vision for the
church’s direction; (2) to facilitate respectful communication between individuals in the church in order to
fulfill this vision; and (3) to encourage and empower congregants to take part in the work of the
Aaron Neff is
a Middler at Princeton Thological Seminary and oversight of his preparation for ministry comes from the
Presbytery of Western New York.
From Aaron’s letter of acceptance: Since the Foundation was established to develop
and support excellence in Christian leadership, I pray that I will be more effective in doing parish ministry
because the financial burden of my seminary education has been significantly reduced by the Apollos
Apollos Scholar – Keith Alan
Describing gifts for ministry and their use in the church: The power of
communications technology today is remarkable. Nearly a quarter of the world’s population has access to the
Internet…. The church
must have a strategy to teach all its members the “language” of global communications so that each person can
become a better communicator of God’s love. My experience in communications [with a professional sports team] can
help the church.
Phillips is a Middler at Columbia Theological Seminary and is guided in preparation for
ministry by the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia.
From his letter accepting the Scholarship: I am thrilled to accept this Apollos
financial support will allow me to focus more of my time and energy on preparation for ministry, and your
prayers will buoy me through the challenges ahead. To all who support the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation—thank you
for walking alongside me as I pursue God’s call to ministry.
Apollos Scholar – Jessica Lindsay
Demonstrating commitment to Christ in and through the Church: My most meaningful
Christian service experiences have come through my participation in the PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer (YAV)
program, where I worked as a land steward in Tucson, and an urban
community gardener in New Orleans. Through these experiences I have learned
how to live within my means, to better appreciate the beauty of God’s creation, to explore meaningful work, and
to trust in God for peace and sustenance.
is a Junior at Princeton Theological Seminary
and under the
care of the Presbytery of New Brunswick.
From Jessica’s letter accepting the Scholarship: I am delighted to accept the
Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation’s gracious award of $3,000 per academic year for three years bestowed
upon me for my education at Princeton Theological Seminary. The Foundation’s generosity will significantly assist with my expenses
for books and room and board.
Apollos Scholar – Zachary Carl
Describing the ways he cares for himself: To take care of my body, mind, emotions
and spirit, I make a daily practice of surrendering all of these to God. For instance, when I run I pray during
each lap, thanking God for something different each time I circle the gym. This practice helps me take care of the
body God has given me while simultaneously nurturing my spirit with gratitude.
Wooten is a Junior at Princeton Theological Seminary
Inquirer with Carlisle Presbytery.
From Zachary’s letter accepting the Scholarship: It is with a grateful heart that
I respectfully accept your generous offer of $3,000 per academic year for three years through the Apollos
encouragement and financial support is an affirmation of my call to seminary.
Apollos Scholar – Fred Eugene Young
From his “Thank you for the Scholarship” letter: In the summer of 2013, I was
diagnosed with Stage 4 throat cancer.
This diagnosis forced me to step away from my studies for the 2013 fall
semester. During that
time, I completed a treatment program involving both chemotherapy and radiation. My wife was also pregnant with our
son, Preston, who was born two days after I completed my final day
of cancer treatment. This treatment, while painful and temporarily debilitating, has resulted in a recent cancer-free diagnosis,
and our Preston is now a happy and healthy ten-month old
Fred Young is
a Senior at Columbia Theological Seminary
and under the
care of the Presbytery of East Tennessee.
From his letter of acceptance: I am honored to learn that I have been selected as
a recipient of the Apollos scholarship. This award will lighten the considerable financial burden associated
with attending seminary and will allow me to be even more focused on my studies. Thank you so much for your