New Drew Theological School Scholarship: Developing Pastoral Leaders
It’s funded by Trustee Dr. Hwain Lee and her husband, Dr. William Lee.
November 2016 – How do you develop great pastoral leaders?
One key is to remove financial obstacles. Such is the motivation behind a new scholarship at Drew Theological School. The Dr. Hwain C. Lee T’99 and Dr. William Lee Scholarship is designed to enable students to focus on academics and professional development. Here’s a closer look at the details.
Master of divinity students
What qualities should they have?
A demonstrated passion for ministry and record of academic excellence
Who’s funding this?
A Drew trustee and Theological School alumnae and her husband, who’s a medical doctor. Dr. Hwain Lee earned a doctor of ministry from the school in 1999, joined the Board of Trustees in 2010 and last year was honored for her service to the Drew community with the Distinguished Service Award from the Theological Alumni Association. She’s also a research professor of global leadership and spirituality at the New York Theological Seminary.
Dr. William Lee is president of Cardiac Associates of North Jersey and—like his wife—connected to New York Theological Seminary, as chair of its board.
“My husband and I have spent our adult lives working and giving back to our community through the love of Christ,” Hwain Lee said. “It is our hope for the Theological School to use the funds to educate and to develop our future community leaders.”
Why is it important?
The scholarship addresses debt—a core issue for anyone pursuing ministry.
“The biggest obstacle to ministry today for current seminarians is the debt load that they leave with,” said Javier Viera, dean of the Theological School. “And they’re going into jobs that don’t pay huge amounts of money. So, we are deeply grateful to the Lees for helping to alleviate that burden because they know what an obstacle and barrier that can be to effective leadership in communities.”