Providing support for a strong ministry education.

The annual GuideOne Foundation Scholarship program seeks to benefit students who are actively pursuing a career in ministry. Students who meet certain criteria are eligible to earn one of four $2,500 scholarships. As one of America’s leading insurers of churches, this program was created because GuideOne believes in the church leaders of tomorrow and helping them advance in ministry.

Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2016 GuideOne Foundation Scholarship:

John Bremer
Charlotte, North Carolina

John is pursuing 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
Alexandria, Alabama

Bradley 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
Middleton, Wisconsin

Marcio is pursuing 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
Vestavia Hills, Alabama

Joshua 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.


How to Apply

Information about the 2017 scholarship will be posted early next year. However, eligibility requirements are listed below:

  • Graduate religious studies students and any individuals in seminary are eligible. Please note that you must plan to be enrolled in your program of study for the following fall semester to be eligible.
  • Students must be attending accredited colleges, universities or seminaries within the United States and District of Columbia.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 is required.
  • Transcript and one letter of recommendation are required.
  • Applicant is required to submit an essay that explains why they chose to pursue their degree and how they plan to use their education and future career in ministry. Essay should be double spaced and not exceed 350 words.
  • GuideOne employees or children of employees are not eligible.
  • GuideOne agents or children of agents are eligible.


Should you have any questions, please contact Eric Spacek.

Past Scholarship Recipients

Learn more about other individuals who have received this scholarship in the past.