Current Recipients

2015 DORA MACLELLAN BROWN SCHOLARS

 

 

Jonathan Cate, M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary: McLean, VA;

“I am loved and accepted by God not because of any merit of my own, but rather by the merit which was earned through Christ’s perfect and sinless life, death, and resurrection.”

Patrick Cone, M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary: Orlando, FL; Matthew 9:37

“I desire to answer the call to work for God’s harvest, bringing others to know the saving grace of Jesus.”
Jenni DeJong, M.Div., Covenant Theological Seminary
“He vitally enlivens me by allowing me to participate in His whole body’s mission in the world.
Michael Gregory, M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary: Atlanta;
“The Lord has continued to show his faithfulness, and I have continued to see my need of a savior.”
Jordan Harwood, M.Div., Covenant Theological Seminary; Revelations 21:6
“He is the One who didn’t just create a system to pay for my sin, but the Person who took my sin upon Himself. He is the Person who forgives my sins and lends me grace.”
Josh Johnson, M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary: Jackson, MS; 1 Timothy 1:15
“This is the posture and the attitude that I hope and pray define the believer, the husband, the father, the pastor, and the man that I am in Christ Jesus.”
Nathan Johnson, M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary: Charlotte, NC;
“I am learning how Christ being my Savior cannot be separated from Christ being my Lord – for He took the authority over my life upon Himself by saving me and therefore claims me as His own. If I accept His authority over my salvation, I must accept His authority over every part of my life.”
Jimmy Myers, M.Div., Duke Divinity School;
“I believe in Jesus the Christ, the Only-begotten Son of the Father, the Lord who gives the Holy Spirit, the giver of Life. He embodies the truth and his love – the love of the Trinity – is the “realest” of Real: He alone gives himself to others as ‘God with us.’”

 


 

2013 DORA MACLELLAN BROWN SCHOLARS

Toby Brogden, M.Div., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary;

“I’m still amazed today and humbled that God chose to use me in the way that He did and continues to do so today.”

Brandon Crepelle, M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; Missionary with his wife, Summer

“You go unless God says stay.”

Catherine Fields, M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary: South Hampton, MA;

“Throughout everything that He has brought me through in my life, God’s vision never ceases to amaze me.”

Myles Hixson, M.Div., Beeson Divinity School;

“I wept because I couldn’t believe that the God of this universe would humble Himself to become a man and to die a dirty, rotten, sinner’s death for me!”

Todd Humbert, M. Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary;  Isaiah 40:29-31; 1 Thess. 5:24; Galatians 6:9

“There have been times in the midst of my hectic life – wife, two preschoolers, two ministry jobs, etc. – that I have questioned my call, bug God has clearly spoken to me in these verses.”

Nathan Newman, M.Div., Reformed Theological seminary: DC; 1 Thessalonians 1:11-12

“My desire is to love soldiers as they are. My prayer is that through Faith, the Gospel will transform them to have an incredible zeal for God’s glory and a passion to live a word saturated life.”

Dale Taylor, Masters of Arts in Global Leadership, Fuller Theological Seminary;

“God continues to call me to wilder, bolder things and He leads me away from the tameness and timidity I see around me.”

Katie Taylor, Master’s Marriage and Family Counseling, Asbury Theological Seminary; James 2:26

“I learned that it is not enough to just talk about God because faith without works is dead.”

 


 

2012 DORA MACLELLAN BROWN SCHOLARS

 

Andrew Baxley, M. Div., Covenant Theological Seminary

Thankfully, God’s grace is bigger than my failures. .. I am so thankful for Christ’s sacrifice and am constantly learning to lean on the Lord as He works in me to will and to act according to His good pleasures.”

Nathan Frick, M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary: Louisville, Kentucky; 2 Timothy 2:2

“To God be the glory as He continues to work in and through me for reasons I might not understand on this side of heaven.”

Tamara Jennings, Masters in Counseling, Richmont Graduate University: Chattanooga, TN;

“I am humbled and honored that God wants to use me more.”

Kyle Johnson, M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary;

“I remain committed to serving Christ with my entire life, seeking to spread the good news of Jesus to all, working to build His kingdom on earth.”

Kellie Kent Currin, M.A. MFT, Richmont Graduate University: Chattanooga, TN;

“I realized that by the power of the Spirit I could listen, empathize, love unconditionally, and point people to Jesus, because He is the only one who brings light to the darkness.”

Greg Nash, M.Div. in Pastoral Studies; Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; 2 Timothy 2:15

“I have no greater passion than to lift up Christ and the gospel. My desire is to glorify God by being the best I can be at what He has called me to do.”

Katie Palm, MAC, Covenant Theological Seminary: St. Louis, MO;

“I am continuing to learn that He is love and has made us lovely. He is not always safe, but is always good!”

Travis Rann, M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary: Wake Forest, NC;

“At first [the disciples] didn’t realize that the three years with Jesus was not the end, it was just the beginning of what God had for them.”

 


 

2011 DORA MACLELLAN BROWN SCHOLARS

 

  • (Name and image redacted), M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; working with his wife among Muslim people groups
    Matthew 28:18-20 "These verses have hand drawn brackets around them in my Bible, and in the margin I wrote 'My Life.'"
  • Luke Furuto, M.Div., Covenant Theological Seminary Psalm 27:4
    "I began to obey and pursue Christ not out of a desire to prove myself but simply because he was beautiful and worthy of it."
  • Casey Gann, M.F.T., Richmont Graduate University Isaiah 63:4
    "I firmly believe that the hope of reparation and restoration is firmly rooted in Jesus Christ. What a privilege to get to be the messenger of that great hope."
  • Larry Hackman, M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
    "The theme in my life for the next two years became grace. I still didn't know how or why God loved me. I just knew He did."
  • Megan Hackman, M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
    Isaiah 43:1-13 "I believe strongly that Jesus is going to use these words of Isaiah, my experiences with the church, and the gifts He has given me to serve through teaching and mentoring to accomplish His work…."
  • Caleb Long, M.Div., Covenant Theological Seminary
    As I walked up the hill to my apartment building, I experienced this profound realization: I have an opportunity to tell these guys about Jesus…I felt this overwhelming joy!"
  • Rachel Smith, M. A. in Counseling, Richmont Graduate University
    Mark 12:31, 16:15 My unique calling…is to be a missionary and to simply trust God….A great desire of mine is to counsel missionaries and their children."

2010 DORA MACLELLAN BROWN SCHOLARS
 

  • Greg Barnhill, Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary
    “While God alone is more than enough to ensure that I have the grace to accomplish His call on my life, I see seminary as a tool in His hand to shape, guide, and prepare me for leading His church, for His glory.”
  • Christine Gambrell, M.A. in Counseling & M.A. in Exegetical Theology, Covenant Theological Seminary
    “I now long with further intensity to be the prayer warrior and rock-solid support that others were for me—to be the hands and feet of Christ to others. My heart burns to see the gospel affecting people’s lives, both believers and those who do not yet know Christ.”
  • Jennifer Hand, M.F.T., Richmont Graduate University
    “While in Nepal for that summer, God truly broke my heart for this nation, especially when I saw a human sacrifice in which the man was burned alive in hopes to come back as something better in the next life.”
  • Chad Rowell, M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
    “I remember thinking how you have to grow up quick when you are a 21-year-old preaching a funeral.”
  • Joe Sanchez, M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
    Former Emergency Medical Technician; missionary to El Salvador; House Parent at Bethel Bible Village; Deputy Sheriff, Hamilton County; Police Officer, Chattanooga; Pastor at Calvary Bible Church.
  • Martin Scott, M.Div. Reformed Theological Seminary-Atlanta
    “When I was fifteen, God spoke to me through the preaching of Dr. Henry Krabbendam in Isaiah 6…but I resisted….Instead I chose to go into politics.”
  • Chris Shibley, M. Div. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Charlotte
    “When I find myself struggling with the calling to ministry that Christ has placed on my life, I echo the words of Peter: ’Lord to whom shall go? You have the words of eternal life, and have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”

 


2008 DORA MACLELLAN BROWN SCHOLARS
 

  • Will Dragoo, M. Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
    “Reading Desiring God by John Piper set a fire in my heart for Christ.”
  • Chris Gaither, M. Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
    “David King told me that you are called to the ministry when you know that you wouldn’t be happy doing something else.”
  • Barbara Hernandez, M.A.T., Liberty University
    “We have no indebtedness…We strive every day to honor the Lord with our finances, and live modestly as a result.”
  • Matthew Jolley, M.Div., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
    “I want the adjective “excellent” to be the word which describes everything I do.”
  • Duane Mabee, M.Div., Columbia Biblical Seminary
    “Alone in my room, I asked Jesus Christ to forgive me and I committed my life completely to Him, with one significant reservation…I would not go to the jungle.”
  • Bekah Mason, M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
    “The church is lacking women who are equipped to combat the doctrines of feminist theology.”
  • Ashley McCleery, M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary
    “My desire is to allow the Lord to use me to give a voice to the voiceless.”
  • Jennifer Morris, M.A. in Global Leadership, Fuller Theological Seminary
    “I want to encourage Christian women to be who God has called us to be….I believe this can be executed with a vision of ministry called Red Tent Ministries.”
  • Paul Ogutu, Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary
    “My heart’s desire is to be fully trained as a competent Bible teacher who rightfully handles the word of God without shame.”
  • Nathan Sloan, M. Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
    “Our vision for future ministry includes returning to our home in Nepal and beginning to work with the Tibetan people”
  • Jason Thomas, M. Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
    “It has been amazing to experience God working through me as I have reached out to people in the criminal justice system and in the student ministry.”
  • Joanna Vaughn, M.Rel., Reformed Theological Seminary
    “It’s one thing to realize that through Jesus, salvation is available for everyone; and it’s another thing to embrace this truth and our calling as Christians to share this news with others.”
  • Peter Vaughn, M.Rel., Reformed Theological Seminary
    “I think that, as Christians, our only purpose for still being in the world is to communicate Jesus to the world.”