As you may know, I am currently a full-time teacher AND I’m actively finishing up my Master of Divinity degree at Lancaster Theological Seminary. While the past decade of teaching has sharpened my heart to dismantle systems of oppression, I’ve always felt drawn to ordained ministry. Specifically, my ministry, outside and inside the classroom, focuses on the full inclusion and celebration of LGBTQIA+ people while uplifting the experiences and concerns of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. In the Spring of 2021, I was certified as a candidate for Ordained Ministry by the Greater Washington District Committee of Ordained Ministry of the Baltimore Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. My hope is to be ordained as an Elder, dreaming of a more just and inclusive church of the future. In order to become an Elder, I need a Master of Divinity degree.
My seminary journey began in 2018 at the Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary’s Seminary and University. My three years with them were incredibly enlightening and I made so many close friends across many denominations. Finishing up the first half of the partnership between the Ecumenical Institute and Lancaster Theological Seminary, I then transferred to Lancaster Theological Seminary in 2021 to finish up my Master of Divinity. While at the Ecumenical Institute, I was incredibly honored to get generous financial aid. I entered into Lancaster Theological Seminary with some plans for financing my Master of Divinity degree through some UMC funds and other financial aid processes.
Fortunately, Lancaster Seminary is committed to helping students graduate with little or no student loan debt so that they may flourish in ministry and life. Students can apply to be part of a program that teaches financial management as well as the fundamentals of fundraising, both necessary skills for future pastors. and are rewarded with a scholarship match for the funds they raise. This year the Seminary will match up to $5000. The contributions and match will be held in my Seminary account and used only for paying Seminary expenses. If I am successful in this endeavor, I will be well on my way to paying for all of my seminary expenses without resorting to student loans.
So if you have made it this far, I’d love for you to become a partner with me as I respond to God’s call to partner with the Divine in the ongoing revelation of their kin-dom. Just as the Apostle Paul asked for the support of those who loved him and believed he was called to ministry, I am asking you to do the same for me by the following:
- Consider supporting me with a financial contribution toward my education. Your contribution will be matched by the Seminary and will help me reach my goal of graduating without a level of debt that might limit my ability to follow God’s call.
- Pray for me (my family and my congregation) that God will allow me to learn how to be an effective pastor. I recognize that not everyone has the ability to make a monetary contribution. Your prayers and good wishes will also support me as I move through seminary. (You can sign up for email updates and prayer requests here)
If you’d like to give by check, make your check payable to “Moravian University/LTS Match” and make sure to include “David Yost/LTS match” on the memo/subject line. Mail your check to:
Cashier’s Office/ LTS Match Scholarship
1200 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
There is also an option to make a contribution online at lancasterseminary.edu/students/match-scholarship-program/. Scroll to the bottom of the page and fill in your credit card information. I will be notified quickly when donations are received so that I can offer you my thanks.
Thanks for your consideration. I am looking forward to more partners in seeking the liberating power of Christ to grow true inclusivity in the Church.