Ethel Johnson’s contributions to Christian education literally span the globe. She is a treasured emeritus professor of church administration at Methodist Theological School in Ohio, where she served for 16 years. Beyond the Methesco campus, she has had a lasting impact in the United States and abroad.
Ethel is a founder of Black Methodists for Church Renewal, which represents 2,400 United Methodist congregations and approximately 500,000 African-American members throughout the U.S. In West African nations, many consider her the mother of the United Methodist Church. At Africa University, she mentored many students and ensured their financial needs were met.
Now, as a capstone to a life of teaching, service and lasting significance, she lends her name to the Ethel Johnson Scholarship Fund at MTSO.
Methodist Theological School in Ohio provides theological education and leadership in pursuit of a just, sustainable and generative world. That mission owes much to the principles for which Ethel Johnson stood during her time on our faculty.
Now, with her blessing, we’re working to ensure that future generations of aspiring religious leaders will benefit from a scholarship bearing her name.
The Ethel Johnson Scholarship will be awarded to a United Methodist student who aspires to serve in parish ministry, is in a good academic standing and shows exceptional promise in the work of social justice and issues affecting the African diaspora.
Preference will be given to a graduate of Africa University or a ministry candidate from the Nigeria Annual Conference – an annual conference that was granted full United Methodist conference status under Ethel’s guidance.
We are honored to offer you the opportunity to stand with Ethel and the many former students and colleagues whose lives she touched at Methesco by investing generously in the Ethel Johnson Scholarship Fund.
You may make an easy and secure one-time online gift to the Ethel Johnson Scholarship Fund below. If you would prefer to pay by check or spread your gift over a number of years, please contact Director of Development Claudine Leary at 740-362-3323.
Thank you for your investment in the ministries of the future religious leaders who will benefit from this scholarship.