PSR Students Selected to Receive FTE Fellowship

June 30, 2011

ATLANTA, June 30, 2011 – Darnell Fennell and Andrew Holcom, entering Master of Divinity students at Pacific School of Religion have been recognized by The Fund for Theological Education (FTE) as young leaders who demonstrate exceptional gifts for ministry.

As recipients of a 2011 FTE Congregational Fellowship, Fennell and Holcom will
each receive a $1,000 to $5,000 award from FTE, matching support from their
nominating congregations for seminary tuition and living expenses. Fellowship recipients also attended the 2011 FTE Leaders in Ministry Conference, Renewing the Church in Service to the Common Good, held June 15 to 19 at Dillard University in New Orleans.

A national committee of educators and church leaders selected the FTE
Congregational Fellows from a pool of applicants from across the U.S. and Canada. Students must be nominated by a congregation, be preparing for congregational ministry and have leadership gifts for pastoral ministry.

FTE awards the fellowships, which are funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. and the
Henry Luce Foundation, to foster quality leadership and diversity in pastoral ministry.

“These young leaders see ministry as a path to helping others and serving the
common good,” said Kim Hearn, FTE Director of Ministry Fellowships. “In these difficult imes, the church and the world need their extraordinary gifts of compassion, intelligence and commitment to community.”

FTE supports the next generation of leaders among pastors and scholars,
annually awarding $1.5 million in fellowships and support to gifted young people from diverse denominations and backgrounds. Since 1954, FTE has awarded more than 6,100 fellowships; its alumni serve congregations, campuses and communities around the world. For more information, visit

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