Minimum gifts ranging from $7,500 to $2.5 million make a significant annual impact on endowments for scholarships, faculty chairs, and supporting programs.
Scott Lawrence, James Potter Scholar
Native New Yorker Scott Lawrence learned about PTS while an undergraduate at Westminster College. He enrolled because of the Seminary’s strong academic reputation. Entering in the third term, Scott learned quickly the impact of paying graduate tuition. “When my financial aid started the next fall, it greatly lessened the financial burden of going to Seminary,” he notes. A United Methodist student pastor, Scott preaches every Sunday at a small church that cannot support a full-time minister. In that role, he applies his classroom learning to discover how the roots of his theological tradition apply to today’s church. “I like to ask what all my courses mean for the contemporary church, so that I can gain wisdom from my predecessors,” says Scott.
Andrew Purves, Jean and Nancy Davis Professor of Historical Theology
When Andrew Purves has something to say, he says it substantively, with conviction, and with skill. The proof of that pudding comes when Andrew takes a break from his full schedule of nationwide and international speaking engagements on theological and spiritual renewal, and publishes a book. One of Andrew’s latest books, The Crucifixion of Ministry, is about “surrendering our ambitions to the service of Christ.” According to Andrew, pastors need to “reframe” ministry as their sharing in what Christ is up to. So that’s what he’s teaching our students to do.
Jen Haddox ’06, Associate Director of the World Mission Initiative
A regional body “standing in the gap” between PTS, the Worldwide Ministries Division of the PCUSA, and local congregations, WMI builds personal confidence for mission and responsible mission involvement. The goals of WMI consist in developing mission vision, nurturing missionary vocations, and cultivating missional congregations. Through WMI, nearly 400 PTS students have joined Seminary faculty and staff, along with dozens of Christians from across the nation, in short-term mission service all over the world for the broadening of their vision for global ministry.