The Synod is part of the Matthew 25 movement, with its emphasis on building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism, and eradicating systemic poverty. Our grants and scholarships share these goals.

Congratulations to 2021’s Matthew 25 Grantees

The Synod of the Covenant is delighted to announce that it has awarded $50,000 in grants to eleven congregations and ministries in over 5 presbyteries.  The focus of the grants (which range from $2,400 to $5,000) is to support ministries to build congregational vitality, dismantle structural racism, and/or eradicate systemic poverty. These goals stem from the denomination’s Matthew 25 movement. Of 23 grant applications, 11 were awarded funds.

Here are the grant awardees for 2021:

Cincinnati Presbytery

Pleasant Run Presbyterian Church
$5,000 for their non-food pantry

Winton Hills Community Presbyterian Church
$5,000 for their weekly community dinners

Detroit Presbytery

Calvary Presbyterian Church of Detroit
$5,000 for their PATH (Pan African Theological Hermeneutic) Program

First Presbyterian Church Pontiac
$5,000 for their food pantry program

Starr Presbyterian Church
$5,000 for their welcome laundry program

UKirk Eastern Michigan University
$5,000 to support a year long internship

Westminster Church of Detroit
$5,000 for refrigerator equipment to support their food ministry

Mackinac Presbytery

United Presbyterian Church
$5,000 for their cooking partnership program

Maumee Valley Presbytery

First Presbyterian Church Monroe
$5,000 for their Learning Bank program

Muskingum Valley Presbytery

Camp Wakonda
$2,600 for their senior high camp week

Various Presbyteries

Synod of the Covenant Korean Presbyterian Churches
$2,400 for their annual Korean Pastors Retreat

These grants, as well as the Higher Education Scholarships previously announced, are funded in part by per capita payments from the almost 700 Presbyterian Church (USA) congregations and more than 100,000 members, mostly in the states of Ohio and Michigan, throughout the Synod of the Covenant.

The Grants Committee includes Lisa Allgood (Cincinnati Presbytery), Betty Angelini (Eastminster Presbytery), Amy Duiker (Miami Valley Presbytery), Jackie Humphries (Detroit Presbytery), Skip Jackson (Scioto Valley Presbytery), Fran Lane-Lawrence (Lake Michigan Presbytery, Georgia McCall (Lake Huron Presbytery), and Chip Hardwick (Synod of the Covenant). In this Thanksgiving season, the committee is grateful for all who applied for these grants:

“In this Thanksgiving season, we are thankful for you.  Peace and love with faith to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  God’s grace to all of you who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love that never ends” (Ephesians 6:23-24).

The Synod of the Covenant Announces Higher Education Scholarships for Christian Leaders Award Winners

The Synod of the Covenant is delighted to announce that it has awarded almost $40,000 in scholarships to 56 students from 10 presbyteries and 29 churches.  These awards, ranging from $500 to $1,000, go to the winners of the Higher Education Scholarships for Christian Leaders.

These scholarships include 45 bachelor’s degrees, 4 associate degrees, and 7 theology scholarships. Of the 56 scholarships, 27 were given to people self-identified as Black, Korean, Asian, and African.

This year, in addition to articulating their career goals, applicants also reflected on how they work toward building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism, and/or eradicating systemic poverty.  These areas of ministry characterize the Matthew 25 movement within the Presbyterian Church (USA), of which the Synod of the Covenant is a part.

These scholarships are funded in part by per capita payments from the almost 700 Presbyterian Church (USA) congregations and more than 100,000 members, mostly in the states of Ohio and Michigan, throughout the Synod of the Covenant.

The Grants Committee includes Lisa Allgood (Cincinnati Presbytery), Betty Angelini, chair (Eastminster Presbytery), Amy Duiker (Miami Valley Presbytery), Jackie Humphries (Detroit Presbytery), Skip Jackson (Scioto Valley Presbytery), Fran Lane-Lawrence (Lake Michigan Presbytery), Georgia McCall (Lake Huron Presbytery), and Brady Radford (Administrative Commission, Synod of the Covenant.

This team will also administer and award the Matthew 25 Grants for churches and ministries; the application for these awards will be available on www.synodofthecovenant.org by August 1, 2021, and applications will be due by September 30, 2021.

Let us focus together on the words of Colossians 1:9-10 as we thank God and pray for our scholarship winners:

Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works.

2021-22 Higher Education Scholarship for Christian Leaders Winners

Cincinnati Presbytery
Bond Hill Presbyterian Church
Kathryn Bronsink

Detroit Presbytery
Calvary Presbyterian Church of Detroit
Chase Reynolds
Mason Martin
Sakinah Wilson

Westminster Presbyterian Church of Detroit
Billa Ndeh Zama
Andrew Palmer

University Presbyterian Church
Hannah Jacobs

Starr Presbyterian Church
Lon Kuehn

St. Thomas Presbyterian Church
Paige Coleman

The Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church
Grace Phillips

First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak
Norman Dell

Lake Huron Presbytery
First Presbyterian Church of Alma
Adam Dixon
Daniel Dixon

First Presbyterian Church of Fenton
Heidi Ritchie

First Presbyterian Church Mt. Pleasant
Anna Clare Miller

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
Lily Brown

Lake Michigan Presbytery
Brooklyn Presbyterian Church
Logan Recob
Richard Recob

First Presbyterian Church Grand Haven
Annika Houser-Brydon

First Presbyterian Church of Holt
Emerson Miller

Westminster Presbyterian Church Grand Rapids
Emily Anderson

Mackinac Presbytery
First Presbyterian Church Escanaba
Madison Ide
Brooke Landis
Daren Landis

Maumee Valley Presbytery
First Presbyterian Church of Maumee
Isaac Tolbert
Taylor Snyder

First Presbyterian Church Tiffin
Kaia Treadway

Hanmi Covenant Presbyterian Church
Hae In An
Doyun Kim
Isaac Kim
Daniel Lee
Junguen Lee
Yullie Yun

Miami Valley Presbytery
College Hill Presbyterian Church
Aniya Drake

First United Church Bellefontaine
Caroline Eader

Southminster Presbyterian Church
Joshua Sweeney

Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church
Abigail Schultz

Fairmont Presbyterian Church
Rachel Boden

Muskingum Valley Presbytery
First Presbyterian Church Marietta
Justin Warner

Scioto Valley Presbytery
Ramseyer Presbyterian Church
Shanelle Abbiw
Nana Adwoa Brefo
Fredricka Agyekum
Bernice Agyepong
Daizy Asante
Isaiah Boateng
Ben Danso
Akosua Ofosuhene
Emmanuel Amoako Okyere
Priscilla Oppong
Wendy Oppong-Amoh
Ronald Yeboah
Ruth Yeboah

Akua B. Agyen

Second Presbyterian Church Newark
Amanda Waser

Worthington Presbyterian Church
Peter Okyere

Presbytery of the Western Reserve
John Knox Presbyterian Church
Colin MacMillan

2020 Grant Winners

In 2020, two types of scholarships and two types of grants were awarded.  Students were eligible to receive either Higher Education Scholarships or COVID Emergency Need Grants for Higher Education Students.  Churches, Institutions, and Organizations were eligible to receive Racial Ethnic Grants and New Covenant Grants.  See the lists of winners by clicking on the buttons below.