The GuideOne Foundation Awards $10,000 In Scholarships

Four $2,500 Awards Given to Seminary Students Across the Country

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – (June 28, 2016) – The GuideOne Foundation today announced the four recipients of the GuideOne Foundation scholarship. This annual scholarship program was launched in 2014 and allows deserving religious studies or seminary students the chance to earn one of four $2,500 scholarships.

More than 260 applications from around the country were received and extensively reviewed by a selection committee that was comprised of individuals who work in a church or faith-based educational setting. Based on a specific set of criteria, the following individuals were selected as the 2016 GuideOne Foundation Scholarship recipients: John Bremer, of Charlotte, North Carolina; Bradley Pinkerton, of Alexandria, Alabama; Marcio Sierre Quesada, of Middleton, Wisconsin; and Joshua Steele, of Vestavia Hills, Alabama.

John Bremer is studying to receive his Masters of Divinity at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. At the age of 12, John found his calling into the ministry and has had a strong desire to be proficient in the art of preaching. He has had over 10 years of ministry experience serving as principal, chaplain and pastor at various churches since 1998. John also served as an Emergency Response Chaplain at Railroad Chaplains of America for eight years where he helped others with trauma, grief and loss counseling. John would like to use his education to help other pastoral leaders within the local congregation. In the future, he hopes to write Bible studies, books and devotionals. John expects to graduate in May 2017.

Bradley Pinkerton is pursuing his Masters of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He is the recipient of the Woodward Scholarship for Missions from Beeson Divinity School. Bradley has served as a Pastoral Intern at Emmanuel Baptist Church (2010-2011) and is currently interning at Anniston Bible Church (2011-Present). In these roles, he was the founder and leader of ESL outreach to the local Hispanic community, served as a youth minister, worked at a Wednesday Children’s ministry, taught Sunday school classes and was the associate director for a missions team. He also has participated in the International Student Ministry where he worked with international students and My Israel Encounter, where he traveled to Israel for 10 days. Bradley plans on graduating in December 2016.

Marcio Sierre Quesada is studying to receive his Masters of Divinity at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In January of 2016, he was nominated as one of Wisconsin’s 48 most powerful Latinos. Marcio has extensive ministry experience dating back to 1999 where he served as a Youth Pastor at Lighthouse Church in Madison, Wisconsin. Since then, he has worked as the Associate Pastor and now the Senior Pastor at Lighthouse Church. Marcio also is the Christian Network Coordinator for Madison Christian Giving Fund, a member of the MP3 pastor’s group and has had the opportunity to help lead Christian schools and daycares through being the Senior Pastor at Lighthouse Church. In the future, Marcio would like to obtain his Doctorate in Theology. Marcio plans to graduate in May 2018.

Joshua Steele is pursuing his Masters of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Throughout his schooling, he has received many awards, including National Merit Scholar, Faculty Scholarship Award, Dean’s Academic Scholarship and the Oxford University Press Award, to name a few. Joshua has served as the Youth Minister at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Mountain Brook, Alabama since January 2014. Once a month, he preaches on Sunday afternoons at the Columbia Cottages, an assisted living facility. He also leads Morning Prayer services on Monday mornings before staff meetings. During his time in college, Joshua’s ministry experience included pulpit supply, small group discipleship leader, a Christian summer camp employee and worship leader. Joshua wishes to develop the church academically, pastorally and globally through being a theologian, pastor and missionary. After graduation, Joshua plans to minister in a Spanish-speaking parish while he pursues his Doctorate in Systematic Theology. Joshua plans to graduate in December 2016.

Information about the 2017 scholarship program will be available on early next year.

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