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CCTEF Grants

General Conference 2012 established the Central Conference Theological Education Fund and charged the Council of Bishops to elect a commission that would administer the fund and set policies and procedures. The commission set four general priorities for funding: capacity building, development of contextual education, new and innovative initiatives and sustainability.

The commission also established guidelines for who may apply for these funds and placed a high priority on fair distribution of the funds. To do so, the commission relied on regional screening committees from each Central Conference to ensure as many qualified recipients as possible received funding.

While General Conference 2012 approved $5 million for the fund, the General Council on Finance and Administration expected the World Service Apportionment Fund to pay out at 85 percent; therefore, the commission initially planned to award $4.2 million, or about $1 million a year for each year of the 2013-2016 quadrennium. The World Service Apportionment Fund came in at a higher rate than expected in 2013, so the commission had an extra $13,000 to award that year above the forecasted $1 million. Under the leadership of Bishop John Innis, the commission has awarded over 260 grants to fund training for local pastors, faculty development, provision of e-readers, curriculum development and libraries at theological schools across 22 countries.  

General Conference 2016 approved $10 million for the 2017-2020 Central Conference Theological Education Fund through the World Service Apportionment Fund.

2017-2020 Membership of the Central Conference Theological Education Commission

Africa Central Conference

  • Rev. Moises Bernardo Jungo
  • Rev. Alcides Jacinto Arez Martins
  • Bishop Joaquina Filipe Nhanala
  • Rev. Tsitsi Madziyire Chigwizura

Congo Central Conference

  • Bishop Daniel Lunge Onashuyaka
  • Rev. Rde Katchiko Furaha Esther
  • Rev. Clement Chijka Kongolo
  • Rev. Mbumba Kaiva Faustin

Europe Central Conferences

  • Bishop Patrick Streiff
  • Rev. Dr. Sergei Nikolaev
  • Rev. Irene Kraft
  • Rev. Thomas Risager

Phillipines Central Conference

  • Bishop Peter Torio
  • Rev. Roberto Ladia
  • Rev. Connie Mella
  • TBD

West Africa Central Conference

  • Dr. Yed Angoran
  • Rev. Yatta Young
  • Rev. John Pena Auta
  • Bishop John K. Yambasu

General Board of Global Ministries    

  • Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar
  • TBD

General Board of Higher Education and Ministry

  • Dr. Douglass Lewis
  • Dr. Amos Nascimento


  • Rev. Greg Bergquist
  • Rev. Shannon Conklin-Miller