In Support of Excellence

American Baptist Home Mission Societies has received a $500,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to sustain In Support of Excellence (ISOE), a financial-empowerment program for American Baptist pastors and lay leaders. In addition, ABHMS has named the Rev. Dr. Trinette V. McCray as interim director of ISOE.

Awarded through Lilly Endowment’s National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders, this grant follows a $1 million Lilly Endowment grant that helped ABHMS to establish ISOE in 2016.

ISOE seeks to alleviate pastoral leaders’ financial challenges and related stress by equipping, supporting and encouraging them through education, professional coaching, collegial support groups and exploration of ministry models. The program will continue to follow a cohort model and curriculum that addresses both personal and congregational debt, including stewardship, debt reduction and retirement planning. Leaders will attain increased awareness of resources, allowing them to prevent or manage financial crises.

In Support of Excellence logo for website

For additional information, contact:
The Rev. Dr. Trinette V. McCray
Interim Director
In Support of Excellence
[email protected]


This Web page is being updated. Please check back soon for information about applying to the
In Support of Excellence program in 2019.