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

David Muthukumar (Fuller Theological Seminary, PhD 2020 in Theology)
David came to Fuller from Pune, India, where he taught theology at Union Biblical Seminary. As of Fall 2019, he has reached the final year of his PhD program. He plans to defend his dissertation in summer 2020; he will then return to teach at Union Bible Seminary. To prepare further for his work, he has been ordained as a deacon and a presbyter in the Church of North India, Mumbai Diocese. Please pray for David, his wife, and their two sons in this time of transition.

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 (Fuller Theological Seminary, 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. In Fall 2019, he is preparing for his comprehensive exams. He and his wife are expecting their third child, and they plan to return to their home country in Summer 2020. Please pray for him, his wife, their two children, and their unborn baby as they seek God’s guidance.

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 face 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. This past year, Grace presented two papers from her work at international scholarly conferences, and she published one in the Asia Theological Association Journal. Please pray for her and her husband.

Judy (Africa International University, PhD 2018 in Islamic Intercultural Studies)
Judy has dedicated her life to caring for and reaching out to the Borana Muslims of Northern Kenya. They live in a difficult and barren region near the Ethiopian-Kenyan border. Judy gives thanks that she successfully completed her PhD in Summer 2019. She has now returned to her home context, where she will teach. Please pray for her, her husband, their son, and two daughters as they enter a new life phase in a sensitive cultural context.

Previous Recipients

Sara Afshari (University of Edinburgh, PhD 2017 in World Christianity)
In Iran, Sara learned the risks of following Jesus in a country where Christians are often persecuted. While studying in the UK, she found a new way to build up the Church through the satellite TV ministry of SAT-7 PARS. For 12 years, Sara developed media content for training Christian leaders and reaching those in closed countries. Even where police have shut down churches, Christians have found ways to tune into satellite programs that help them grow in their knowledge of Scripture and faith in Christ. Sara’s research will increase the impact of Christian media serving the Church in restricted contexts across the Middle East.

Gloria Calib (London School of Theology, PhD 2016 in Missiology)
In June 2017, Gloria received the SPCK Prize, “awarded to the most outstanding PhD graduate,” from the London School of Theology. Founded in 1698, SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge) is the oldest Anglican mission organization. As part of the award, Gloria will present at the London School of Theology in January 2018 on the challenges of earning a PhD in her context. Learn more about Gloria, her research and ministries, and the Church in Pakistan.

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

Chung Man Anna Lo (Fuller Theological Seminary, PhD 2019 in Old Testament)
Anna exemplifies Paul Pierson’s commitment to missions and Biblical theology. Originally from China, Anna served as a missionary and professor in Cambodia before pursuing doctoral studies at Fuller. Now, she is in the midst of writing her dissertation after a difficult year that included the death of her newborn daughter. Her husband is preparing to enter a Master’s in Theology program. Please pray for Anna and Kakda in this challenging time.

Previous Recipients

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