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The Foundation for Evangelism is a non-profit organization, serving ministries of The United Methodist Church. The main headquarters are located at Lake Junaluska, N.C.

“The  mission of The Foundation for Evangelism is to promote, encourage and provide resources for responsible evangelism, enabling The United Methodist Church to bring persons into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.”


Founded in 1949 by Dr. Harry Denman, a layman and distinguished evangelist in his own right, The Foundation for Evangelism. Dr. Denman’s vision was to equip pastors during their seminary education for the role of evangelism in their daily ministry. Our flagship grant program is the E. Stanley Jones Professors of Evangelism program, which began in 1981 when Chester Williams was named to the position at Boston University School of Theological. The program supports professors at United Methodist related seminaries around the world including The United States, Africa (Zimbabwe), Germany, and Russia.

Grants and Resources

The Foundation for Evangelism has a vision to raise up generations of leaders with a passion for evangelism by resourcing partnerships with seminaries, agencies, and program innovators.  Grant focuses include Campus Ministry Initiatives, the Harry Denman Fellows Program, the Wallace Chappell Lectures,  the Harry Denman Evangelism Awards, the Culture of the Call Church Award, and the Distinguished Evangelist of The United Methodist Church.

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Recognizing Leaders in Evangelism

One way in which The Foundation for Evangelism enables the United Methodist Church to fulfill its mission is to recognize those who excel in the practice of evangelism in the spirit of John Wesley. These recognitions include the Culture of the Call Church Award which annually honors one local congregation that has a history of helping young people respond to God’s call to full-time Christian service;  The Harry Denman Evangelism Awards given annually to a clergy, lay, and youth from each Annual Conference in recognition of their ministry of evangelism; and The Distinguished Evangelist of The United Methodist Church Award given annually to one clergy person whose exceptional leadership skills and passion for evangelism make them a model for others throughout the connection.