Jordan Davis, who will graduate with his master of divinity degree from Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary in May 2019, has been awarded the Seminary’s inaugural Parish Pulpit Fellowship.
“Receiving this scholarship was an absolute shock to me. It makes me appreciate the many outstanding students, professors, and staff for the parts they played in shaping me,” Davis said in reaction to receiving the award.
The Parish Pulpit Fellowship—also known as the Graduate Preaching Fellowship—is awarded annually to a graduating master of divinity student who demonstrates promise in preaching. The award of $32,000—plus $5,000 for student loan debt reduction—will allow the student to study preaching overseas, earning a master of theology degree from the University of Edinburgh.
The Fellowship originates from the Church of the Pioneers Foundation, and while this is the first year that a Truett Seminary student will receive the award, it has been presented annually at Princeton Theological Seminary, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary, and Fuller Theological Seminary.
Dr. Scott M. Gibson, Professor of Preaching, Holder of the David E. Garland Chair of Preaching, and Director of the PhD in Preaching Program, worked with the Church of the Pioneers Foundation to include Truett Seminary in this exclusive cluster of seminaries awarding the fellowship. Both Gibson and Dr. Jared Alcantara, Associate Professor of Preaching and Holder of the Paul W. Powell Endowed Chair in Preaching, were recipients of the Fellowship as students at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
“I was the first Parish Pulpit Fellowship recipient at Gordon-Conwell 36 years ago. Receiving the fellowship changed my life,” Gibson said. “When I became a faculty member, I oversaw the awarding of the fellowship for 27 years while at Gordon-Conwell, and I wanted Truett students to benefit from this prestigious scholarship. The Church of the Pioneers Foundation are delighted to have Baylor become a part of the program.”