Three United Methodists have been awarded John Wesley Fellowships to support their doctoral studies, A Foundation for Theological Education (AFTE) announced Friday.
John Wesley Fellowships, designed to promote the renewal of theological education by supporting promising scholars who are committed to Christ, the church and academic excellence, provide $12,500 per year for four years.
“The John Wesley Fellows program has contributed significantly over the past 35 years to scholarly leadership in theological education and in the church, especially the United Methodist Church,” said L. Gregory Jones, executive director of AFTE. “We are excited that these three outstanding people will be supported during their doctoral studies both through scholarship funding and relationships among the Fellows.”
The 2013 Fellows are:
Natalya Andromeda Cherry
Cherry is a graduate of Georgetown University (B.A., English, 1998) and Wesley Theological Seminary (M.Div., 2001). She was awarded the Bridges Fellowship at Princeton Theological Seminary (2001-2004) and the Lewis Fellowship at Wesley Theological Seminary (2005-2006). This fall, she will enter the Doctor of Philosophy program in Christian theology at Southern Methodist University and hopes to explore “a robust 21st century Christian apologetic derived from parallels in Ignatius of Loyola and John Wesley.” Cherry, a member of the Susquehanna Annual Conference, lives in Tower City, Penn., with her husband, Paul, and son, Gregory. Because of a generous anonymous gift given to honor recently retired AFTE Executive Director Paul Ervin, Cherry will be designated a “Paul and Kitten Ervin Fellow.”
Nathan Jameson Jones
Jones graduated from Duke University (B.A., religion, 2009) and Duke Divinity School (M.Div., 2012). This fall, he will begin the Doctor of Theology program in Christian theology at Duke Divinity School and hopes to explore the intersection of theology and music. Jones, a member of University United Methodist Church in the North Carolina Annual Conference, lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, Amy. Because of a generous anonymous gift given to honor recently retired AFTE Executive Director Paul Ervin, Jones will be designated a “Paul and Kitten Ervin Fellow.”
Stringer graduated from the University of Texas at Austin (B.A., English, 2004), and then earned a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in 2007. This fall, he is beginning a Ph.D. at Boston College in historical theology. He hopes to focus on Latin Christian thought in the patristic and medieval periods, and has particular strong interests in Augustine and Aquinas. Stringer is a member of the Southwest Texas Annual Conference. Stringer and his wife Lindsey have a daughter Evangeline.