Seminary Scholars Program

Applications are now open for The Methodist Foundation for Arkansas' Seminary Scholars program. A limited number of full-tuition scholarships are available now to Arkansas students enrolling/attending a United Methodist seminary with intentions of returning to the state upon graduation.  Since the program's inception, the Foundation has awarded 36 total scholarships to Arkansas students attending United Methodist seminaries. We currently have nine students enrolled as Foundation scholarship recipients.

The Methodist Foundation for Arkansas Seminary Scholarships aims to strengthen Methodist churches in Arkansas by ensuring strong leadership in our local communities. These seminary scholarships enable some of our best and brightest students to answer God's call and become local church pastors/elders and deacons.  Assisting these young people is important and satisfying work, and the MFA's donors have responded generously in making these scholarships possible.

Our next class of seminary scholars could include YOU! The application deadline is Monday, March 15, 2021.

Contact Rev. Mackey Yokem, the Foundation's Director of Leadership Ministries, at 501-664-8632 or to learn more.

MFA Seminary Scholarship Application- Elder Track
MFA Seminary Scholarship Application- Deacon Track
MFA seminary scholar graduates
Sara Bayles, Senior Pastor, Sylvan Hills
Mike Blanchard, Senior Pastor, Oak Forest UMC, Little Rock
Heath Bradley, Senior Pastor, Living Waters UMC, Centerton
Chase Burns, Associate Pastor, First FUMC, Paragould
Patti Butler, Senior Pastor, Wesley, Conway, and Plummerville UMC
Heather Spencer Clawitter, Associate Pastor, First UMC, Mountain Home
Ben Crismon, Senior Pastor, First UMC, Benton
Andrea Cummings, Associate Pastor, Pulaski Heights/St. Luke UMC
Chase Green, Senior Pastor, Primrose UMC, Little Rock
Roy Beth Kelley, Associate Pastor, First UMC Fort Smith
Lynn Kilbourne, Senior Pastor, First UMC, North Little Rock
James Kjorlaug, Senior Pastor, First UMC, Rogers
Todd Lovell, Associate Pastor, First UMC, Springdale
Taylor Loy, Associate Pastor, First Benton UMC
Jacob Lynn, Senior Pastor, Rector UMC
Kathleen McMurray, Senior Pastor, Cornerstone UMC, Jonesboro
Michelle Morris, ARUMC Center for Vitality, Lead Equipper
Rollie Mullins, Senior Pastor, First Oceola UMC
Lee Myane, Senior Pastor, First UMC, Prairie Grove
Natasha Murray, Wesley Foundation, Pine Bluff
Shane Pair, Senior Pastor, Oakley Chapel UMC, Rogers
Laura Jo Prange, Senior Pastor, Calico Rock UMC and Spring Creek UMC
Jeremy Pressgrove, Senior Pastor, First Newport UMC
Corey Read, Director, SAU Wesley Foundation, Magnolia
Dan Read, Senior Pastor, Greers Chapel UMC, Magnolia
Reginald Russell, Senior Pastor, McGehee UMC and First Wesley UMC, McGehee
Daniel Thueson, Senior Pastor, First Charleston UMC
Melanie Tubbs, Senior Pastor, Augusta UMC and Bald Knob UMC
Brittany Richardson Watson, Associate Pastor, First Little Rock UMC
Jeanne Williams, Senior Pastor, First UMC, Bella Vista
Dane Womack, Senior Pastor, First UMC, Paragould