Reverend Raymond Lee "Ted" Hoagland, Jr. Scholarship
Raymond Lee Hoagland, Jr. (Ted) was a preacher’s preacher, and he played a vital role in the ministry here at Christ UMC. A graduate of Murphy High School, Vanderbilt University and Boston School of Theology, Ted served churches in Mobile, Abbeville, Montgomery, and Milton, Florida and was a District Superintendent in both Dothan and Mobile.
Ted retired from active ministry in 1985, but came on board at Christ UMC from 1985 until 1993 as the Visitation Minister. He also led Sunday School, study groups and church-wide programs that grew from his love of poetry and other literature. Ted will always be remembered for his beautifully worded and meaningful prayers.
His passion was missions, and this love began in the 1970’s and continued until his death. He was part of the organization team at Christ UMC that sent medical/construction teams to Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Venezuela.
Long after his seminary days, Ted was always a source of encouragement and support to those studying for the ministry. Through personal letters and conversations, Ted pressed these young people to persevere in their studies and beyond.
The Scholarship Fund is named in memory of Reverend Raymond Lee “Ted” Hoagland and is in existence because of the generosity of many current and former members of Christ United Methodist Church. The amount of funds available for disbursement will be assessed annually and based upon the earnings off of the corpus.
The primary objective of the scholarship program is to financially assist those wanting to fulfill his/her calling and become a professional minister serving people and churches throughout his/her life. Eligibility will be determined by the financial need and if applicable, other financial considerations of those enrolled in an accredited seminary and who have made a public commitment to full time Christian service. Preference will be given to members of Christ UMC. It is anticipated that applicants will actively pursue ordination in the Alabama-West Florida Conference (Mobile District) of the United Methodist Church.
The application process consists of furnishing two documents; a completed application form, and a copy of your seminary transcripts. The deadline is March 31st. Review and awarding of funds is anticipated to occur prior to June 15th. Awards will be annual and disbursed on August 1st and January 2nd of the academic year for which the award is made. Please print and complete the application below or call Christ United Methodist Church at 251.342.0462 to request a copy of the application form.
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