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Read Preacher/Scholar Award

The David H.C. Read Preacher/Scholar Award is an annual competition to recognize and encourage excellence among graduating Protestant seminarians with outstanding promise as preachers and scholars, who are committed to entering parish ministry upon completion of seminary.

Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church established this award in 1990 to honor internationally renowned preacher, scholar, author and ecumenist David H.C. Read, upon his retirement as Senior Minister of the church.

Eligible candidates must be in their final year of a Master of Divinity degree program at a member school of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States, scheduled to receive the degree no later than June of the year of competition, and must be nominated by their seminary. No more than two nominations from one theological school will be considered in a given year.

The David H.C. Read Preacher/Scholar Award is given solely on the basis of merit–not need–without regard to race, color, sex, age, denomination, national or ethnic origin or handicap.

The 2015 winner will receive a $20,000 gift, while each of three runners-up will receive a gift of $1,000.

All materials (hard copies and electronic submissions) must be received by Madision Avenue Presbyterian Church no later than Saturday, January 31, 2015.

The Reverend Dr. DAVID H.C. READ (1910-2001) was Senior Minister of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church from 1956-1989. During this period he also served as a National Pulpit Preacher for 25 years; was a Vice-President and leader of the Appeal of Conscience, an interfaith organization dedicated to fostering religious freedom and understanding throughout the world; authored some 30 books; held many lectureships and received nine honorary degrees. Born in Scotland, Dr. Read was educated a New College, Edinburgh, and the University of Edinburgh, and pursued other studies at Montpellier, Strasbourg, Paris and Marburg. He served as Chaplain to the Forces of the British Army during World War II, spent almost 6 years as a German prisoner of war, was First Chaplain at the University of Edinburgh, and for three years was Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen in Scotland.


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