Jesse C. Swanigan Fellowship

The Swanigan Fellowship is a two year, residential fellowship program designed to nurture, support, and advocate for women and men of color to gain mid-council executive leadership education and experience in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Fellows will work alongside the SoMA staff in all aspects of our work implementing programs for new and established pastors, Commissioned Ruling Elderspresbytery leadership, as well as work on the SoMA's flagship program, Theocademy. Fellows will also be enrolled in three leadership training programs: McCormick Seminary's Certificate in Executive Leadership programMALT's Interim Executive Training, and the Racial Ethnic Leadership Institute of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.

The Swanigan Fellowship is open to both Ruling and Teaching Elders in the PCUSA. The program begins in June each year and lasts two years. One Fellow will be selected each year.

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The Swanigan Fellowship is named for Ruling Elder Jesse C. Swanigan, longtime commissioner to the SoMA from the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy. In 2014, Mr. Swanigan served the SoMA as it's Moderator. Mr. Swanigan has also served the broader church as President and Treasurer of the National Black Presbyterian Caucus.