Rev. Jerry Paul Scholar Program

Emily Howard

When I came into the first CHHSM events I attended, I felt a new dimension to my call to ministry. I am feeling thankful for my vocation being formed in this time as a CHHSM Scholar.

Emily Howard
CHHSM Scholar

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 will 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.  Our previous CHHSM Scholars have attended CHHSM Annual Gatherings, participated in the Nollau Leadership Institute, engaged with CHHSM leaders around the country, and have been named to the CHHSM Board of Directors.

The CHHSM Scholar Program will begin with the 2019-20 academic year.  All interested students must submit the following information:

  • A cover letter explaining their interest in the program;
  • A current resume;
  • The names and contact information of three references; and,
  • A two- page narrative on their ministry journey thus far and hopes for their career.

Following receipt of the above materials, CHHSM President & CEO, Michael Readinger, will meet with qualified applicants for an informal interview to discuss the student’s goals and hopes for the program.  

Please submit materials to:

Michael J. Readinger, President & CEO
Council for Health and Human Service Ministries
700 Prospect Ave
Cleveland, OH  44115

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