Congratulatory Announcements 

July 2021


*Dr. Paulette Coleman Retired General Officer Awarded Louisville Institute 2021 Project Grant for Researchers


The Louisville Institute is pleased to announce the 2021 Project Grant for Researchers (PGR) grants. The Project Grant for Researchers supports research, reflection, and writing by academics and pastors concerning Christian faith and life, the practice of ministry, and/or religious institutions. Grants of up to $30,000 support a diverse range of projects that may involve independent study, consultations, or collaboration between pastors and academics. “The seventeen awarded grants represent a diverse group of grantees," noted Dr. Don C. Richter, the Institute's Associate Director. "The quality of the grant entire proposal pool made the work of the selection committee challenging indeed. We gave preference to projects that show potential for generating and analyzing reliable new data rather than repacking conventional knowledge."  

Dr. Paulette Coleman, a retired General Officer, of the AME Church was recently awarded one of the 2021 Project Grant for Researchers.  Her research will explore ways of rethinking or reimagining lay ministry in the three major African American Methodist denominations:  African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), African Methodist Episcopal Church Zion (AMEZ), and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.  Her research question is how can the principles of community organizing inform lay ministry in the three major African American Methodist denominations?   

Louisville Institute is funded by the Religion Division of Lilly Endowment Inc. and based at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Louisville, Kentucky). The Louisville Institute’s mission is to bridge Church and academy through awarding grants and fellowships to those who study North American religious institutions, practices, and movements, and thereby promoting scholarship that strengthens Church, academy, society, and contributes to the flourishing of the Church. To receive further information about the Louisville Institute’s fellowships and grant programs, please consult or contact the Institute at 

Congratulatory messages can be emailed to:   (Dr. Paulette Coleman).



*Duke University President Vincent Price has appointed the Reverend Dr. Jonathan C. Augustine, senior pastor at St. Joseph AME Church (Durham, NC), to the Board of Visitors of Duke Divinity School

Duke University President Vincent Price has appointed the Reverend Dr. Jonathan C. Augustine, senior pastor at St. Joseph AME Church (Durham, NC), to the Board of Visitors of Duke Divinity School. The three-year appointment is effective July 1, 2021. 

Dr. Augustine will work closely with the Duke Center for Reconciliation, in furthering his work on race relations. His forthcoming book, Called to Reconciliation: How the Church Can Model Justice, Diversity and Inclusion, will be published by Baker Academic in the spring of 2022. In addition to his pastoral service, Dr. Augustine is an adjunct professor of law at North Carolina Central University, member of the board of directors at PartnersGlobal, and member of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper's Andrea Harris Racial Equity and Environmental Justice Task Force.

Pastor Jay Augustine earned a B.A. from Howard University, J.D. from Tulane University, M.Div. at United Theological Seminary and D.Min. at Duke University. He is married to St. Joseph's first lady, Sister Michelle Burks Augustine.

Congratulatory responses can be emailed to:, Reverend Dr. Jonathan C. Augustine.


On behalf of Social Action Commission Chair, Bishop E. Anne Henning Byfield, and  Mrs. Jacquelyn DuPont-Walker, Director/ Consultant  Social Action Commission, we extend congratulations as you praise God for the Joy of these significant milestones reached.