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Neichelle Guidry Jones Awarded Fund for Theological Education Doctoral Fellowship

EVANSTON, Illinois, June 2011 – Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that Neichelle Guidry Jones, an incoming Ph.D student at Garrett-Evangelical, has been selected to receive a 2011 Fund for Theological Education (FTE) Doctoral Fellowship.

Neichelle_Guidry_JonesGuidry Jones has a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University and a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School. She was recently ordained as an elder and currently serves as the Associate Pastor to Young Adults at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL. Jones will begin her Ph.D work in Liturgical Studies at Garrett-Evangelical this fall.

“I chose to apply to Garrett-Evangelical because it offered what I was interested in pursuing. Out of several other programs I researched, it seemed to have the most applicable resources. I felt that the faculty, courses, on-campus programming and initiatives, and the location would enable me to complete my work with excellence,” said Guidry Jones.

Guidry Jones will receive a stipend of up to $20,000 from FTE, an ecumenical organization that advocates for excellence and diversity in pastoral ministry and theological scholarship. As an FTE Doctoral Fellow, Jones attended the 2011 FTE Leaders in the Academy Conference, Reflecting Globally, Leading Locally: Theological Scholarship in Dialogue with Diaspora, at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta.

“To receive any fellowship from the Fund for Theological Education is a hefty investment and endorsement of one’s academic capacities and potential. Their faith in the contributions I will make to the Church and the Academy is humbling and deeply appreciated as I embark on this challenging journey,” said Guidry Jones.

The FTE Doctoral Fellowship Programs promote diversity within the academy by providing financial support and professional development opportunities to doctoral students from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups who plan to teach religion, theology, or biblical studies at theological schools and universities. “To effectively prepare their students for leadership, theological school faculties must reflect the diversity of the communities those students will serve,” said Matthew Wesley Williams, FTE Director of Doctoral Fellowships. The fellowships are funded by Lilly Endowments Inc.

Guidry Jones joins Michele Watkins-Branch, a second-year Ph.D student, as Garrett-Evangelical’s second FTE Doctoral Fellow for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Garrett-Evangelical, founded in 1853, is a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 400 students from many denominations and cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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