A Foundation for Theological Education (AFTE) John Wesley Fellowships have been awarded to three doctoral students.
The John Wesley Fellows program is designed to promote the renewal of theological education by supporting promising scholars in the Wesleyan tradition who are committed to the classical Christian faith, a robust Wesleyan understanding of Christian doctrine, and spiritual renewal of the Church and its people in service to the world. Scholarships are awarded to doctoral students to help them complete their studies. Recipients also participate in the Fellowship, which includes an annual Christmas Conference where fellows engage in scholarly conversation in service to the Church.
The 2021 Fellows are:
Laura is a 2010 graduate of the Indiana Wesleyan University with a BSN in nursing and a minor in youth ministry. Laura received Indiana Wesleyan University Preacher of the Year Award during her junior year and served as the student body chaplain in her senior year. She is a 2019 graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary with an M.Div. and will complete a Master of Arts in Theological Studies at Asbury this spring.
Laura has been accepted at Calvin Theological Seminary for her doctoral program. Her goal is to teach systematic theology full time at a university within the Wesley tradition. She sees this as a part of her calling to serve and empower the local church.
Laura and her husband, Paul, reside in Greenwood, Indiana. Laura is a member of the Indiana Alliance Church in Indianapolis, IN where she is an active leader and preacher.
Jerry is a 1997 graduate of the Theological College of Northern Nigeria with a Master of Theology with a focus on Missiology. Jerry is also a 2010 recipient of a DMin from the Beeson Leadership Program at Asbury Seminary. He completed post graduate studies in research at Africa University in Zimbabwe. Jerry has been accepted into Wesley House at the Cambridge Theological Federation for his PhD in Theology.
Jerry and his wife Ruth, reside in Monrovia, Liberia and are the proud parents of Joshua, Jonathan, Jerrut, and Jerry. Jerry is a member of Stephen Trowen Nagbe UMC in Monrovia, Liberia and an elder in the UMC. He has served in many leadership capacities within the UMC, including serving as a local church pastor and as District Superintendent Monrovia District. He currently serves as the Dean of the Bishop Innis Graduate School of Theology at United Methodist University in Monrovia, Liberia.
Debbie is a 2013 graduate of Carleton College with a BA in American Studies. She graduated from Duke Divinity School in 2016 with a M.Div. specializing in theology and the arts. Debbie is currently enrolled at in her Ph.D. Doctor of Theology Studies at Duke Divinity School f with a focus on liturgical studies under the guidance of Dr. Lester Ruth.
She is studying the history, development and theology of contemporary praise and worship, with a particular eye towards Southeast Asia, which is where she is from. Debbie is the daughter of a Methodist pastor and a niece of two more. She was brought up in the Methodist Church of Singapore. She has served as a worship leader, youth camp leadership, and music ministry. Debbie resides in Durham, North Carolina as is a member of Barker Road Methodist Church Singapore.