The ScholarLeader of the Year Award recognizes exceptional Christian leaders from the Majority World and provides opportunities for them to share their work globally. The highlight of this award is a collaborative semi8ar organized by ScholarLeaders. Recipients travel from their home contexts to another Majority World context to share insights on a topic of shared concern. The Award also includes a grant toward the scholar’s research.
2018 | Nigeria
Dr. Emiola Nihinlola
In 2016, Emiola Nihinlola gathered the staff of Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary (NBTS) in Ogbomosho, Nigeria. They had just finished months of planning alongside the ScholarLeaders Vital SustainAbility team to create a strategy for strengthening NBTS. Just one facet of that strategy – a solar energy project – would take over two years to complete. Read more.
2017 | Philippines
Dr. Athena Gorospe
Fifteen ago, Athena Gorospe gave a devotional in which she called her audience – wealthy American Christians – to be downwardly mobile. That morning in Pasadena, she argued that we should recover “Jesus’s concern for the marginalized, the invisible people.” Athena has dedicated herself to this plea – and to practicing what she preaches – especially in the Philippines. Read more.
2014 | DR Congo
Dr. David Kasali
Following the devastating war in his native country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, David and his wife Kaswera sensed God’s call to return home. In 2005, David and Kaswera founded Congo Initiative… Read more.
2012 | Hong Kong
Dr. Julie Lee Wu
In 2002, Julie began her tenure as the President and Dean of China Bible Seminary in Hong Kong. Julie’s passion is equipping church leaders for effective ministry in Hong Kong and throughout Asia. Read more.
2011 | Londrina, Brazil
Dr. Antonio Barro
In 1995, Antonio founded South American Theological Seminary (SATS) in Londrina, Brazil. He began with a typewriter and a desk in his home, and a vision for a school that would bring the truth and hope of the Gospel to bear on issues facing the Church in Latin America. Read more.
2010 | Nairobi, Kenya
Dr. Gladys Mwiti
In 1990, Gladys and her husband Gershon founded Oasis Africa, a highly respected training organization for peer counseling and trauma intervention. She now supervises a team of over 20 psychologists. Read more.