The Rev. Dr. Mel Baars O'Malley is a major in the U.S. Army and serves as community chaplain at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Before her current assignment, she served as chaplain at Arlington National Cemetery and was deployed for one year as a chaplain at the largest detention facility in Afghanistan. A Presbyterian minister, she has a B.A. from Duke University, an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School, an M.A. from the University of Cape Town, and a D.Min. from Erskine Theological School.
The Vital Worship, Vital Preaching Grants Program at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship is designed to foster, strengthen and sustain well-grounded worship in congregations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Two streams of grants are offered: to teacher-scholars and to worshiping communities.
Grant proposal due date options include October 15, 2023, or February 15 or June 15, 2024.