Isaiah Project Update

March 24, 2010

The Isaiah Project is an initiative of the Kentucky Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church to identify, encourage, and support young people who are feeling a possible call to the ordained ministry.  It is designed to assist young people as they sense God's call upon their life in a specific way and to help them to discern exactly what God is calling them to do.

To do this we have identified four specific areas where we can reach out to young people and encourage them to enter the ordained ministry of The United Methodist Church:

·         Paid Summer Internships in Nurturing Congregations for College and Seminary Students

·         United Methodist Camps and Retreat Centers

·         Campus Ministries and Wesley Foundations

·         Youth Groups


We are excited about the success of the Isaiah Project this year.  Last year we launched the Isaiah Project with seven interns and six partnering congregations and institutions. This year we are happy to announce that we have sixteen interns and sixteen partnering congregations/institutions. The assignments are:


v  Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center chaplain                       Matthew Tolliver

v  Chapel Hill UMC                                                                  Evan Vickers

v  Centenary Lexington                                                              Summer Papajeski

v  Columbia District                                                                   Shea James

v  Covenant Middlesboro                                                           Joshua Dillon

v  Immanuel Covington                                                               Kenya Cummings

v  Island UMC                                                                           Jeanie Fulkerson

v  Loucon Chaplain                                                                    Lindsay Million

v  NCCD African American Ministries                                       Terry Cunningham

v  Portland Promise Center                                                        Angel Gustavison

v  Office of Ministerial Service                                                   Scott Woodburn

v  Red Bird Mission Summer Youth Program                             Molly Jack

v  Wesley UMC                                                                        Monique Scroggins

v  St. Paul Frankfort                                                                  Michael Thompson

v  Covington District                                                                  Travis Barrix

v  Middletown UMC                                                                 Ron Beaton


These persons represent partnerships with Kentucky State, Morehead, U of L and UK Wesley Foundations, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Duke and Louisville Presbyterian seminaries, and local churches of all sizes. There are 3 seminary students and 13 college students. Twenty five percent of the interns are African American. The average age is 21.6. We have also established a partnership with the Bishop’s Initiative for Children and Poverty Task Force. For more information about the Isaiah Project go to