UMFA announces 2014 Seminary Scholars

Deena Marie Hamilton of St. Andrew UMC Little Rock; Rollie Mullins Jr., of Parkview UMC Benton; Jeremy Pressgrove of First UMC Maumelle; and Melanie Tubbs of First UMC Russellville have been named United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas (UMFA) Seminary Scholarship recipients for 2014 by the Arkansas Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, UMFA announced in a July 21 news release.
Established in 2000, the UMFA Seminary Scholarship Fund awards grants for scholarships to Arkansas students attending three-year United Methodist seminaries. The students make a covenant to return to Arkansas to pastor United Methodist churches after completing their studies.
“The UMFA Seminary Scholarship Program has a significant role in ensuring strong pastoral leadership for the Church in years to come,” said Jim Argue Jr., UMFA president. “These students will touch the lives of thousands of United Methodists during their years of service to the Arkansas Conference.”
Tubbs is an adjunct professor at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville and a local pastor for two nearby churches. She plans to attend St. Paul School of Theology in the greater Kansas City area. “I am ready to fully devote myself to a deeper understanding of His Word through study in seminary,” she said. “He has cleared a path, prepared my spirit and commanded me to follow.”
Pressgrove will attend United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. “I have been living my call, serving as a local pastor for two churches,” he said. “In seminary, I expect to gain a better understanding of Scriptures and practical applications for life, as well as a better understanding of people and how to care for them.”
Mullins, who has served as a local pastor in Arkansas and Ohio, is a student at St. Paul School of Theology. “This scholarship will allow me to focus on my studies, serve as a local pastor, and participate in local missions,” he said. “Serving God with my whole heart, body and soul is the main point of all that I aspire to do.” 
Hamilton is a student at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas and has served as a local pastor while working as a nurse and chemist. “Being a pastor gave me great joy because I was being in service to God and God’s people,” she said. “After meditation, reflection and prayer, I know that I would like to continue my candidacy for ordination on the Elder track.”
Founded in 1963, UMFA manages $135 million in endowment funds and charitable assets that benefit local churches and other United Methodist ministries, and is one of the largest United Methodist foundations in the country.