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McKenna Lewellen ’14 Receives Award for Church-College Partnership Essay

Publication Date: 5/7/2014

McKenna Lewellen, a religious studies major from Scottsdale, AZ, has received second place in the 2014 Presbyterian Outlook Church-College Partnership award competition. This award is presented to two graduating seniors of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) colleges or universities in recognition of the best submitted essays, “How My Education at a PC (U.S.A.)-Related College has Shaped My Faith and Prepared Me for Significant Service and Leadership.”

According to the panel of eight judges, “This year’s entrants were some of the best ever.” The Presbyterian Outlook will publish the essays in its college issue this fall.

“I am honored, and delighted to bring recognition to the college,” says Lewellen. “As reflected in the essay, Rhodes has been an incredible place to both explore the academic study of religion and gain practical experience in ministry.”

At Rhodes, Lewellen is a member of Theta Alpha Kappa religion and theology honor society, Mortar Board, and Omicron Delta Kappa leadership society. She has been active in community development work in Memphis as a Bonner Scholar, a Hatzenbuehler Ministry Fellow, and an Evergreen Fellow.

In 2012, Lewellen was the recipient of an undergraduate fellowship presented by The Fund for Theological Education, which recognizes gifted student leaders exploring ministry as a vocation. Her fellowship projects sparked research in trauma and theology through the Joseph R. Hyde Award in Religious Studies. She currently teaches in local congregations, drawing on her research to equip clergy with compassionate language and practices to address trauma in the church.

Lewellen will begin her studies at Boston University School of Theology in the fall as a Dean′s Fellow.

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