Legacies provide sustained funding for our strategic, long-term ministry and allow us to honor significant contributors to Christian leadership in the Global Church.

For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. 2 Corinthians 9:12

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Brian Prinn Memorial Fund

Honoring Brian Prinn: Brian served as a Board Member of ScholarLeaders from 1989, including as Chair from 1997 to 2001. He embraced its ministry – to encourage and enable Christian theological leaders from the Majority World for the Global Church – and was exceptionally generous with his time and resources. Brian also served with distinction on the Board of Fuller Theological Seminary from 2004 to 2013. Both ministries reflect his devotion to effective global leadership for the Church. As we approached the third anniversary of Brian’s unexpected death (February 24, 2013), Brian’s family and some friends funded a memorial to honor his life.

Purpose: The Brian Prinn Memorial Fund supports Majority World leaders for advanced education at Fuller Theological Seminary and Majority World ministry initiatives that involve Fuller or its graduates.

Current Recipient

Daniel Dama (Fuller Theological Seminary, PhD 2021 in Intercultural Studies)
A Fulani from Benin, Dama grew up in a Muslim-majority context. Now, he is studying how traditional music can serve to build peace between Muslims and Christians. He plays a variety of traditional West African instruments and composes songs that share Christ’s peace.

Previous Recipients

  • David Muthukumar (Fuller Theological Seminary, PhD 2020 in Theology)

Liefeld Scholarship

Honoring Dr. Walt and Olive Liefeld: Walt has served the Church as a scholar, pastor, and mentor throughout his career and remains Distinguished Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Both he and Olive have been active in global missions. Although Walt’s calling has been to train Christian leaders in the US, he has always had a heart for China, where he once considered working as a missionary. Walt served on the Board of ScholarLeaders for more than 15 years and is now an Emeritus Board Member. Olive served as a missionary in Ecuador and is the author of Unfolding Destinies: The Ongoing Story of the Auca Mission.

Purpose: The Liefeld Scholarship supports leaders from Mainland China studying at:

  • China Graduate School of Theology (Hong Kong)
  • Trinity Theological College (Singapore)
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Chicago)
  • Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena)
  • Other institutions approved by the Board of Directors

Current Recipient

Patrick (University of Aberdeen, PhD 2022 in New Testament)
As a Chinese Christian, Patrick understands the importance of expressing Biblical truth in faithful and culturally meaningful ways. His research will broaden Pauline understandings of sin, salvation, and moral responsibility in view of the shame-honor worldview prevalent in Chinese society.

Previous Recipients

  • Name Withheld for Security (CGST, PhD 2019)
  • Xue Xiaxia (McMaster, PhD 2014)
  • Name Withheld for Security (CGST, ThM 2010)
  • Xue Xiaxia (CGST, MA 2008)
  • Huang Tianhua (CGST, MDiv 2006)
  • Geng Weizhong (TTC, PhD 2004)
  • Shei Wenhau (TTC, PhD 2003)

Persevere Scholarship

In Memory of Sydney Smith (by friends of Victoria and Larry Smith): Sydney’s life motto was “persevere,” and this scholarship is awarded to a doctoral candidate who has demonstrated perseverance in her life and ministry.

Current Recipients

Grace Al-Zoughbi (London School of Theology, PhD 2022 in Theological Education)
Grace grew up in the West Bank, where Christians endure pressure from both the Israeli government and the Muslim majority. Familiar with the challenges facing women in theological education, Grace is designing culturally adept educational systems to support women Biblical scholars and theologians throughout the Middle East. Grace has presented papers at international scholarly conferences, and she has published in the Asia Theological Association Journal.

Sara Amestegui-Deik (Bristol Baptist College/University of Aberdeen, PhD 2024 in Apologetics/Eschatology)
As a Bolivian married to a Palestinian, Sara’s passion is serving the Church in Latin America and the Arab World. Together, she and her husband, Anton Deik (LeaderStudies), have taught at Bethlehem Bible College. Now, Sara’s research examines links between apologetics and eschatology, an emphasis sparked by watching some non-Christians express sympathy for Palestinian suffering, while some Christians seemed unmoved by the Palestinian situation. Sara hopes to develop an apologetics that will serve the cause of peace in the Arab World.

Previous Recipients

  • Judy (Africa International University, PhD 2018)
  • Sara Afshari (University of Edinburgh, PhD 2017)
  • Gloria Calib (London School of Theology, PhD 2016)

Pierson Scholarship

Honoring Dr. Paul and Rosemary Pierson: Paul and Rosemary served in Brazil and Portugal as church planters and educators for 17 years. After returning to the US, Paul served for 12 years as Dean of the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he was also Professor of the History of Mission and Latin American Studies. Paul served on the Board of ScholarLeaders for more than 20 years and is now an Emeritus Board Member.

Purpose: The Pierson Scholarship supports leaders studying at Fuller Theological Seminary, especially those in the field of Intercultural Studies or involved in missions leadership.

Current Recipient

“A” (Fuller Theological Seminary, PhD 2021 in Old Testament)
“A” exemplifies Paul Pierson’s commitment to missions and Biblical theology. Originally from China, “A” served as a missionary and professor in Cambodia before pursuing doctoral studies at Fuller. Now, she is in the midst of writing her dissertation, which studies Ancient Near Eastern law collections (especially the Old Testament) as a way to guide Christian faith and politics in Cambodia and Hong Kong. Her husband is preparing to enter a Master’s in Theology program.

Previous Recipients

  • Name Withheld for Security (Fuller, PhD 2017)
  • Name Withheld for Security (Fuller, PhD 2011)