STH Student Among Six JTOM Scholars Graduating in May

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April 27th, 2014

Emma Escobar, who will be graduating in May with a Master of Divinity degree, joined other students from across the country on a Journey Toward Ordained Ministry retreat.

Six scholars involved in a scholarship and mentoring program for racial-ethnic students seeking ordination as deacons or elders will complete their M.Div. degrees this year, bringing the total number of graduates to 25 since the program began in 2004. Five more will complete their degree in 2015.

Scholars and mentors in the Journey Toward Ordained Ministry program gathered for a retreat at the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry in Nashville, March 13-15, 2014. The program combines much-needed scholarship support with ongoing mentoring by United Methodist clergy.

Students agreed that they learn a great deal at the retreats and from mentors in the program, in addition to the financial support of a $5,000 scholarship each year. Kihwan Choi of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary lauded the program’s ability to connect him with others from many different ethnic and economic backgrounds.

“When we come together—many of us Korean, Latino, African-American—we can see the intersections of our work and similar challenges we face reaching church members who come from such diverse backgrounds.” Choi said. The retreat, he explained, is a great time to talk about these connections and brainstorm together.

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