Just 9% of Protestant senior pastors are women, yet 79% of Americans say they are comfortable with a female priest or pastor. Among Evangelicals, that drops to just 39%.*
*What Americans Think About Women in Power, Barna survey, March 2017
CBE is passionate about helping women answer their call to ministry, so we're offering the Alvera Mickelsen Memorial Scholarship. Alvera Mickelsen, a CBE founder and its first board chair, was a prophetic theologian and gracious ambassador of biblical gender equality. Alvera was a people’s theologian, bending her enormous talents toward fanning into flames God’s gifts and call in women’s lives, and this scholarship celebrates her legacy.
The Alvera Mickelsen Memorial Scholarship is made possible through the generosity of Alvera’s family. For the life of the fund, CBE will award at least $5,000/year in tuition assistance to women pursuing a post-graduate degree in a ministry, youth work, communications, or pastoral or nonprofit work (must be a US accredited program).
CBE awarded $12,000 in 2018. (Scroll down to meet the recipients!) To assist as many women as possible in 2019, CBE is raising $16,000 to increase the scholarship amounts and/or women awarded. If you share our commitment to empowering women in ministry, please make a generous gift today.
“Receiving the Alvera Mickleson Memorial Scholarship is a tremendous help in finishing my studies faithfully and well. Both financially and personally, it is a reminder that someone else is cheering me on as I pursue God’s call. This award is an answer to prayer and I cannot begin to express how thankful I am.”
Since I was about 14, I felt the Lord’s call on my life to pursue ministry. My family was always supportive of this call, but often times, culturally, I felt the pressure that a call to ministry had to be a life oversees or the life of a pastor’s wife. When neither of those things seemed to take shape I simply kept pursuing God’s call. After completing a BA in Christian studies at Ouachita Baptist University, the Lord brought me to Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) to pursue a Master’s of Divinity. Through my studies, friends, professors, and many opportunities to serve, I have grown and developed as a minister and as a follower of Jesus. The Lord has planted in my soul a desire to serve and equip people to participate in and build the Kingdom of God according to their own gifts and abilities. As a recipient of the Alvera Mickelsen Memorial Scholarship, I am excited to finish my studies at PBA and continue following God’s call to equip his people. I hope to uphold and honor her legacy by creating space for people to get to know the faithfulness of God as they wrestle with His call on their own lives.
In addition to school, I currently work with the Family Ministries department Community of Hope in Loxahatchee, FL.
Pastor Charity Sandstrom
"Receiving this scholarship means that I will graduate with less debt and more freedom as I continue to pursue God's call on my life. Thank you to those who have contributed to funding this scholarship. I know it will bring dividends for generations to come!"
Charity Kemper Sandstrom is a Friends minister, serving in her twelfth year as Pastor at First Friends Church, Emporia, KS (EFC-MAYM). The traditions and practices of Friends throughout their nearly 400 years seeking to worship in Spirit and Truth are treasures Charity holds close to her heart. She studied pastoral ministry, church music, and Bible, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Barclay College. Her time is generously spent with husband, Richard, and their three children, as well as offering ministry in both church and community. Charity is in her first year of studies at Portland Seminary, OR. She hopes to pursue doctoral studies following her completion of a Masters of Divinity.