William R. Johnson Scholarship
In 1999, the predecessor body to Local Church Ministries, The Board for Homeland Ministries, created a scholarship for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender UCC seminarians in honor of William R. Johnson, the first openly gay man ordained in the United Church of Christ. The scholarship was established as a concrete way of affirming the church’s long-standing conviction that sexual orientation should not be a barrier to ordination.
Recipients must be open about their sexual orientation and be Members in Discernment. The scholarship is available to students who have completed their first year of seminary or regional theological program.