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#GIVINGTUESDAY Results in Endowed Scholarship

100% endowed! Thanks to the generosity of NTS alumni and friends and a generous gift from the NTS Wynkoop Center for Women in Ministry, NTS received nearly $4,000 in gifts for a special #GIVINGTUESDAY initiative. 

This year’s campaign was called “Preach It, Sister!” and focused on raising funds to support women clergy in their theological education. The gifts received went to help fully endow a scholarship that was established in honor of Rev. Elizabeth Choate, a Nazarene elder who served in ministry throughout the United States until her death in 2000 at one hundred seven years of age. 

In addition to several generous individual donors, the advisory council of the NTS Wynkoop Center for Women in Ministry, after hearing of the initiative, voted to help fully fund the scholarship. Their gift brought the balance of the scholarship to $10,000, allowing it to be used to award to women enrolled at NTS.

The Wynkoop Center for Women in Ministry was launched in 2003 to equip, empower and encourage women as leaders in the church. The Center was named in memory of Dr. Mildred Bangs Wynkoop who was Theologian-in-Residence at NTS from 1976-1979. Dr. Wynkoop, an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, had an extensive ministry of pastoring, writing and working in theological education. She served, along with her husband Ralph, in pastoral and evangelistic ministry for several decades.

Dr. Judy Schwanz, Director of the Wynkoop Center, said, “So often we see families willing to spend money to invest in a husband’s education, but not as likely to do so for a wife or mother. Our goal at the Wynkoop Center for Women in Ministry is to find ways to help women be better supported and equipped for ministry.” 

In addition to scholarships, the Center provides other programming to help support female students. The Wynkoop Center recently selected two theology students to send to an upcoming Association of Theological Schools event where they will be able to present papers. 

NTS gives thanks to God and to all the generous supporters who helped endow the Elizabeth Choate scholarship. If you are interested in investing in a special project at NTS, please contact the Advancement office at 816.268.5434 or email to

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