Diocese receives $19,000 Roanridge Trust Award grant
February 3, 2015
The Episcopal Church in South Carolina has been awarded a $19,000 grant for 2015 from The Episcopal Church’s Roanridge Trust, one of 10 grants that were announced today.
Roanridge Trust Award grants are awarded annually for new and creative models for leadership development in small communities. The 2015 grants, totaling $160,369, were announced by Sam McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. They will be used in Episcopal dioceses across the United States and in the Dominican Republic and Honduras.
The $19,000 grant to TECSC will be used to start a Lifelong Formation Training Program for clergy and lay people in the rural sections of the diocese. The program is designed to offer programs for smaller churches to start or enhance Christian formation programs for children, youth, and adults.
The Lifelong Formation Training Program will be led by Andrea McKellar, who currently serves as the Administrative Assistant for The Episcopal Church in South Carolina and is senior warden of St. Francis Episcopal Church, West Ashley. She has been involved with Christian Formation since becoming a Sunday School teacher in high school. Andrea lives in the West Ashley area of Charleston with her husband Mark and their two children.
“It is exciting how the people of The Episcopal Church are engaging the mission opportunities in rural ministry settings,” McDonald stated. “There is an incredible commitment to creative ministry. The vision for mission and ministries presented in these programs is inspiring.
The Roanridge Trust was established by the Cochel family, who originally gave a working farm in Missouri called Roanridge to The Episcopal Church. The interest from the sale of the farm generates the grant funds.
The Episcopal Church in South Carolina is a diocese of The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, representing 30 parishes and mission churches in eastern South Carolina.
Read about the 2015 Roanridge Trust Award grant recipients.