Disciples News Service

2016 McCaw Scholars named

Two seminary students working toward their divinity degree have been named the 2016-17 recipients of the John and Maxine McCaw Scholarship Fund Prophetic Living, Teaching and Preaching. The scholarship fund, held in trust at the Christian Church Foundation and administered by the College of Regional Ministers, was created by the McCaws in 2012.

Recipients for the 2016-17 school year are:

  • Lori Tapia, from the Arizona region, who attends Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA; and
  • Pamela Pettyjohn, from the Kentucky region, who attends Lexington Theological Seminary, Lexington, KY.


Tapia, currently a commissioned minister, recently was named interim national pastor for the Central Pastoral Office for Hispanic Ministries. She had been pastor at Iglesia Alas de Salvacion in Chandler, AZ, a church she and her husband started. She also has served on the executive committee of Disciples Women. She previously was family resource director for a non-profit Chandler community center.


Pettyjohn, also a commissioned minister, recently was named pastor of Floyds Knobs (IN) Christian Church after serving about five years on staff at First Christian Church, Louisville, KY. She has been active in women’s ministries and regional activities in Kentucky. She taught school before sensing a call into ministry.

The scholarship is the legacy of Dr. John McCaw and his late wife, Maxine. The McCaws established the scholarship to encourage a “prophetic” voice from the pulpit that seeks to eliminate evil and enhance goodness in human relations and in international relations. The pulpit, says Dr. McCaw, must be informed, alert, emboldened and fearless, and this scholarship provides resources to help ease any educational debt for future preachers.

The scholars must complete an application process and are selected by representatives of the College of Regional Ministers.