Sangwoo Kim, a fourth-year Th.D. student at Duke Divinity School, has been named a Dempster Scholar by the United Methodist Church's General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM).
Kim was one of eight students selected for the Dempster Graduate Fellowships, which support doctoral students who are committed to becoming seminary professors and educating the next generation of United Methodist pastors. The awards are granted for students' academic achievement, commitment to Christian ministry, and promise as educators.
A member of Grace Vision United Methodist Church in Cambridge, Mass., Kim is a graduate of Seoul National University, Harvard Divinity School, and Emory University. In the Duke Divinity Th.D. program, he is studying the relationship between theology and practice with a focus on prayer.
The fellowships are funded by the Ministerial Education Fund through the GBHEM’s Division of Ordained Ministry and carry a value of up to $10,000 annually, with a maximum of $30,000 over a five-year period.
"These scholars represent a new generation’s commitment to leadership that is rooted and shaped in the Wesleyan tradition.” said the Rev. Rena Yocom, the board's assistant general secretary for Clergy Formation and Theological Education.
The award is named for the Rev. John Dempster, a pioneer in United Methodist theological education. He founded Boston University School of Theology and also Garrett Biblical Institute (Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary) in Evanston, Ill.