Funds will be used for Consultation on Youth Ministry project

LEXINGTON, KY. (July 1, 2019) – Lexington Theological Seminary has received a $15,000 grant from the Oreon E. Scott Foundation for a project titled Consultation on Youth Ministry.

The Seminary requested funding to gather a select group of youth leaders and resource clergy to explore the scope of youth ministry and find ways to better support those engaged in this important work. The Seminary wants to design an educational model that speaks to the challenges and contextual needs of people involved in youth ministry.

“Youth ministers are valuable members of a congregation’s ministry team, yet there are few educational programs designed with their specific needs in mind,” said Dr. Charisse L. Gillett, President of Lexington Theological Seminary.

The project envisions a three-day consultation in either late summer or early fall in 2020. Ten active youth ministers will gather to explore the theological underpinnings of youth ministry and to discuss how the church – and more specifically, LTS – can design and implement appropriate resources to support the work of youth ministers. One important question will be: “What key skills and capabilities are needed to successfully engage youth?”

Serving as a resource for the consultation will be Rev. Dr. Chrystal Williams, Regional Minister of the Christian Church in Tennessee, who served for 15 years as the youth and young adult minister for the Christian Church in Illinois-Wisconsin, and Rev. Holly Fuqua, associate pastor of South Elkhorn Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Lexington, Ky.

The Oreon E. Scott Foundation has been a vital partner of the Seminary over the years. Most recently, a grant from the Foundation made possible the Seminary’s Certificate in Hispanic Ministries program, which recently graduated its first class of students who completed 12 courses in 16 competencies.

For more information, contact Rev. Tanya J. Tyler, LTS Director of Communications, at To learn more about the Seminary’s degree and certificate programs, contact Rev. Erin Cash, Director of Admissions, at or call (859) 280-1249.