Rev. Jerry Paul Scholar Program

The United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries offers a scholar program for seminary students who are interested in learning more about ministry in a faith-based health and human service nonprofit organization.  The scholar program offers many different benefits: An opportunity to engage with leaders in CHHSM organizations, including visits to area organizations; attendance at a CHHSM Board of Directors meeting in Cleveland, OH (travel and board provided); registration to the CHHSM Annual Gathering (travel and board provided); monthly conversation with CHHSM staff to discuss questions/thoughts/ideas the scholar has regarding Health and Human Service (HHS) ministry; and up to $10,000 per year paid to the scholar’s seminary for tuition reimbursement.

CHHSM staff and the scholar work together to create goals, reading lists, and a year of experiences to help the scholar have a better understanding of what HHS ministry is like as a career.  The goal of the CHHSM Scholar program is to expose seminary students to the many different forms of ministry offered to them and to encourage them to consider leadership roles in CHHSM organizations.  CHHSM Scholars attend CHHSM Annual Gatherings, participate in the Nollau Leadership Institute, engage with CHHSM leaders around the country, and take part in meetings of  the CHHSM Board of Directors.

In October 2019, Essence L. Ellis was selected as the Jerry W. Paul CHHSM Scholar.  Essence is a seminary student at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, CT., who will graduate in May 2021.

As the result of a course at Yale, “Intersectionality and Women’s Health,” Ellis felt led toward the intersection of faith and health-related issues in local communities. “Bringing public health awareness to the masses via the church is my current call as a servant of Christ,” she says.

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