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Gospel Leaders

Leaders Training Leaders

For over 40 years the Foundation for Evangelism has made grants to institutions of higher learning, partnering with global experts in Wesleyan evangelism to train, resource, and mentor the next generation of local church leaders.

Raising up Gospel Leaders grants address the FULL spectrum of Christian leadership, from lay ministers to seminary-prepared leaders, preparing them and the churches they lead for the ever-changing ministry landscape.

Building on the Foundation’s decades long grant experience in leadership development, these professors are chosen for their ability and passion to equip leaders across the spectrum of Christian service.

Through a 3-5 year grant partnership with training entities across the Wesleyan-tradition family, professors will equip and renew passionate, evangelistic leaders – from lay ministers and local pastors to ordained clergy and other Christian vocational professions.

These professors are using their foundation-supported positions to:

  • Developed programs for churches to talk about Jesus in multireligious communities – Jack Jackson (Claremont School of Theology)
  • Teach online courses using innovative tools to help students develop creative practices of evangelism – Mark Teasdale (Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary)
  • Translate vital church resources on evangelism for Spanish speaking leaders. – Doug Powe (Wesley Theological Seminary) Hal Knight (Saint Paul School of Theology), and Angel Santiago-Vendrell (2010-2023 Asbury Theological Seminary)

I now have a very different view of evangelism. I actually have begun to think that I could evangelize! Before I took the class, that seemed like something that only a few could do.

Ways to Support This Grant Area:

The Foundation for Evangelism Professor of Evangelism may engage in one or multiple ways to:
  • Work with an institution of higher learning or seminary to help establish an evangelism curriculum;
  • Engage with multiple institutions of higher learning or seminaries to deliver scriptural, Wesleyan training; or
  • Engage in online training with a regional group of pastoral leaders.

Gospel Leaders Grants

E. Stanley Jones Professors of Evangelism

Grants ranging from three years up to endowment funded positions at Wesleyan-tradition seminaries or other leader training programs that expose students to a Wesleyan understanding of evangelism and discipleship.

Meet the E. Stanley Jones Professors of Evangelism


La Casa (Hispanic House of Studies) at Duke Divinity School

The Foundation for evangelism supports the work of Prof. Alma Tinoco Ruiz, Director of La Casa, The Hispanic House of Studies (HHS) at Duke Divinity School. The HHS serves as resource center for students, pastors, and congregations to support their efforts to do ministry with the Hispanic/Latinx community in the U.S. In addition, the HHS participates in the formation of future Hispanic/Latinx and non-Hispanic/Latinx church leaders who are committed to the community and dedicated to be self-aware leaders who can thrive in a diverse cont

Learn more about La Casa (HHS)


Adventurers Leadership Academy (Fresh Expressions House of Study at United Theological Seminary)

The Foundation has partnered with UTS to provide a non-degree program at the Fresh Expressions House of Study. This program is an immersive, year-long, cohort-based training process that certifies lay and clergy leaders to cultivate fresh expressions of church.

Learn More about Adventurers Leadership Academy