A Methodist, Baptist, Catholic and Pentecostal walk into a bar… – by Cathi Johnson

Holy pathsNot really – that was just to get your attention. This group wasn’t in a bar, but instead breaking bread on the seminary campus with members of a local foundation that provides generous scholarships for four students.

I was astounded at the diversity in a room of seven people.

Lisa Nelson is a Licensed Evangelist in the Pentecostal tradition who has recently been
appointed at her large church as Protocol Director for High Holy Days, a position of much
significance. She also supervises dozens of Sunday School classes and New Member
Orientation.

Milton Craft is an African American man working in a traditionally white United Methodist
Church – a CME who recently joined a Baptist church. His role with the United Methodists is to
help them with community outreach and their local “mission field.” His gift is bringing folks of
different traditions together to worship as one.

Felicia Williams is a charismatic woman with a gift for preaching. Sunday mornings at a Baptist
Church provide the formal platform, but she takes every opportunity to “preach it.” She is also
Women’s Ministry Coordinator and Associate Minister.  And the very first time they met, her
private words of strength and support to Milton at a time of crisis led him to join her church.

Ann Price is a United Methodist serving in the North Alabama Conference, moved this
appointment season from a church plant she joined just two years ago to another church plant
that needs her now. Leading church growth at a time when most denominations are reporting
declines. That is a special gift.

The representatives of the Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation were Lee Morris, Catholic, and
Carole West, United Methodist. The event was the Wilson Scholars Luncheon, where the four
Wilson Scholars were given the opportunity to share about their current ministry, future goals,
and how the education provided by Memphis Theological Seminary has impacted both. For each
of them, the generous scholarship provided by the Foundation enabled them to enter seminary in
answer to God’s call on their lives.

Pentecostal, Methodist, Baptist and Catholic. A spectrum of beliefs and traditions that mirrors
the classroom and board room. MTS provides a practical, spiritual, theological education to
seminary students representing over 30 denominations.

And as the Church becomes more diverse, perhaps it also mirrors the congregations each Wilson
Scholar will serve. Preparing faith leaders for the future. Important work, don’t you agree?

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