Co-pastor, Central United Methodist Church
The Rev. Michael Gienger serves as a co-pastor of Central United Methodist Church in Galveston, Texas, a hybrid church plant/revitalization. He is an elder in the United Methodist Church, having earned an undergraduate degree in religion from Baylor University and a master of divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.
The Sabbatical Grant for Researchers (SGR) offers grants up to $40,000 to support academic sabbatical leave for projects about Christian faith and life, the practice of ministry, religious trends and movements, Christian and other faith-based institutions and religion and social issues. Louisville Institute is especially interested in projects that demonstrate a desire to bridge the North American church and academy.
SGR is most often used to supplement an existing semester sabbatical with a second term or semester. Typical applicants are fully employed in accredited academic institutions and are eligible for a full year leave from teaching and administrative responsibilities. Grants awarded in the 2024 cycle will fund sabbaticals taking place during the 2024-2025 academic year or during the 2025 calendar year.
Applications are due November 1, 2023.Learn More