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Eight YDS students named 2010 Fellows by Fund for Theological Education

Samuel L. Caraballo

Linnéa K. Clark

Carlene J. Demiany

Portia R. Hurney

Leigh P. Mackintosh

Tyrone E. McGowan

Kathryn L. Pocalyko

Jesse A. Zink

Eight Yale Divinity School students are being recognized as young leaders with exceptional gifts for ministry by the Fund for Theological Education, which has named the students to its 2010 class of fellows.

According to a June 9 announcement from FTE, YDS students recognized for demonstrating exceptional gifts for ministry include two current students— Carlene J. Demiany ’12 M.Div. of Palm Springs, CA and Jesse A. Zink ’12 M.Div. of North Bay, Ontario —and six students who will enter YDS in the fall:  Leigh P. Mackintosh, South Boston, VA, B.A. Lynchburg College, who will enroll through YDS-affiliated Berkeley Divinity School; Samuel L. Caraballo, San Juan, PR and Roxbury, MA, B.S. University of Massachusetts; Linnéa K. Clark, Washington, MA, B.A. Yale; Portia R. Hurney, Pierre, SD, B.A. Creighton University; Tyrone E. McGowan, Chicago, IL, B.A. Morehouse College; and Kathryn L. Pocalyko, Oak Hill, VA, B.A. Princeton.

As recipients of a 2010 FTE Fellowship, each will receive stipends for educational expenses and attend national FTE conferences on leadership in ministry.

Demiany and Zink were recognized as 2010 FTE Ministry Fellows. Ministry Fellows are nominated by the dean or president of a seminary, and each seminary may nominate up to five students.

Mackintosh, Caraballo, Clark, McGowan and Pocalyko received recognition as 2010 FTE Congregational Fellows.  Under the program, a nominating congregation commits $1,000 - $5,000 toward the cost of the student's first year. If the student is selected as a Fellow, FTE matches the congregation's commitment dollar-for-dollar, up to $5,000.

Hurney, an Episcopal Service Corps volunteer, was awarded a 2010 FTE Volunteers Exploring Vocation (VEV) Fellowship. Candidates for the VEV Fellowship must be current participants in one of 14 specified faith-based volunteer programs or have completed a year of volunteer service within the previous three years.

Emilie M. Townes, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology at Yale Divinity School, nominated Demiany and Zink for the fellowship award. Nominators for the incoming students were: Mackintosh, the Rev. Todd Vie (St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Lynchburg, VA); Caraballo, the Rev. Roberto Miranda (Congregation Lion of Judah, Boston, MA); Clark, the Rev. Mary Schreiber (Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pittsfield, MA); McGowan, the Rev. Dr. William Foster (Providence Missionary Baptist Church, Chicago, IL); and Pocalyko, the Rev. Dr. Michael J. Magwire (King of Kings Lutheran Church, Fairfax, VA).

FTE Fellows are selected competitively by a national committee of theological educators and church leaders from a pool of applicants across the U.S. and Canada. The fellowships foster quality leadership and inclusive excellence in pastoral ministry. Fewer than seven percent of clergy in most denominations today are under age 35, according to FTE.  The organization says interest among seminary students in congregational ministry has declined in recent years, underscoring the need for leadership development among students from diverse backgrounds.

“These exceptional students see ministry as a compelling path to serve others, to renew the church and to create change in the world,” said Kim Hearn, director of FTE Ministry Fellowships. “They bring intellect and compassion to community challenges of every type—spiritual, educational, social and economic.”

FTE, based in Atlanta, GA, describes itself as “the only national, ecumenical nonprofit organization dedicated to finding and supporting tomorrow's Christian leaders--pastors and theological educators who serve the common good.”

Every year, FTE awards about 150 new fellowships to students to fund their exploration or preparation for pastoral ministry and for teaching in the theological academy.  Over the past 50 years, FTE has awarded more than 6,000 fellowships; recipients include some of today's leading pastors, scholars and teachers, serving churches, theological schools and communities nationwide.