Henry Zonio


Henry Zonio is a sociologist and expert on how children’s religious education contributes to race and gender inequities in society. His research focuses on childhood/adolescence, social inequalities, religion and education.

Zonio brings more than 25 years of practical children’s ministry to his research. In addition to writing and speaking on issues of diversity in the church, he is the director of the Center for Academic Excellence at Asbury University and teaches sociology courses at the university. Zonio also serves on the board of the Children’s Spirituality Summit and on the Equity Audit team for the Godly Play Foundation.

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Grants and fellowships to serve the church

The Louisville Institute offers grant and fellowship programs to bridge the church and the academy and enrich the life of the church in North America. Applications are now open for six programs in 2025:

  • Pastoral Study Project 
  • Grant for Researchers 
  • First Book Grant for Scholars of Color 
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship 
  • Dissertation Fellowship 
  • Doctoral Fellowship
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