Honoring Rev. Dr. Glenn L. Ethridge

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Rev. Dr. Glenn Ethridge passed away on Monday, November 9, 2020. Please be in prayer for his wife Cathy, son Lee, and all the family. Read his obituary.

By Nancy Young, GUMF Vice President of Development

I am privileged to know generous and faithful Methodists who work diligently to establish scholarship endowments to help Georgia Methodist students attend college. Recently Rev. Dr. Julie Boone, The North Georgia Annual Conference Board of Ministry Chair, spearheaded an effort to establish a scholarship in honor of Rev. Dr. Glenn L. Ethridge with amazing results!

Julie said, “The Board of Ordained Ministry is grateful for the leadership and many years that Dr. Glenn Ethridge served as the Chairperson for the Board. The Board of Ordained Ministry wanted to celebrate and honor Dr. Ethridge's time on the Board with a gift that would be reflective of Glenn's heart for ministry. It seemed natural that it would be a scholarship that would support and encourage new ministers as they traverse the financial landscape of seminary. The Georgia United Methodist Foundation has a strong track record of helping individuals and churches in ministry, so when inquiring about a scholarship, the Foundation was very supportive. The Dr. Glenn L. Ethridge Scholarship Endowment is a way of saying ‘thank you’ to Glenn and a way of supporting the next generation of church leaders.”

One of Glenn’s friends, Zoe Hicks, who also has a scholarship endowment at GUMF, responded generously. Zoe stated, “When my husband and I first heard about the scholarship being established in Glenn’s honor, we knew immediately we wanted to be a part of it. Glenn was our pastor for 13 years at Oak Grove UMC, and he and Cathy are dear friends today. While Glenn was at Oak Grove, he mentored young people and established a new Bible study group for young adults, which was very well attended and attracted a demographic previously unreached.

Glenn has a heart for seminary students and recent graduates. We felt this scholarship was the perfect way to honor Glenn. The scholarship will help equip our next generation of pastors. Investing in these young men and women gives us a tremendous return on our charitable contribution. We do not know how many will benefit from the Dr. Glenn L. Ethridge Scholarship Endowment over the years, but to think that we could help educate so many who will do so much good for the Kingdom of God on earth is a great feeling.”

To date, 77 individuals, eight churches, and two foundations have contributed over $55,000. The income from the endowment will fund two annual scholarships of $1,000 each for two Georgia Methodist students with preference being given to students attending Candler School of Theology and Gammon Theological Seminary. Through the United Methodist Dollars for Scholars Program, matching scholarships of $3,000 will be given to each student, bringing the total scholarship to $4,000. 

If you too would like to express your appreciation, please give online or mail a check to the Georgia United Methodist Foundation at PO Box 922087, Peachtree Corners, GA 30010-2087. (Include the "Dr. Glenn L. Ethridge Scholarship Endowment" in the memo line).

If you are interested in establishing a scholarship endowment in honor of someone you love, please contact me (Nancy Young, GUMF Vice President of Development) at 678-708-6601 or nyoung@gumf.org.