Trinity School for Ministry (Trinity) is pleased to announce that graduating seminarian, Marisa Danielle Crofts has received The 2020 Annual Episcopal Preaching Foundation (EPF) Award. This award is given to the graduating seminarian, chosen by Trinity, who has demonstrated the most improvement in preaching. The award consists of a cash prize of $1,000, a commemorative certificate, and an invitation to attend the 2021 annual Preaching Excellence Program (PEP) conference.
Marisa received her Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree this month from Trinity. The EPF award would have normally been presented to Marisa during Trinity’s commencement exercises which have been canceled due to COVID-19. The award was instead presented to Marisa during a senior awards ceremony which was held via social media on May 15th.
Marisa is from the state of Indiana. She and her husband Trent, who is also a student at Trinity, will be moving to Illinois where Marisa will pursue pastoral ministry.
“It was an absolute delight to have Marisa Crofts as a homiletics student. She came to the task of preaching with many innate, but undiscovered and untapped gifts for proclaiming the gospel, and in the course of our work together, I watched those gifts blossom. I believe she will spend many years giving glory to God through the preached Word wherever she is called to serve,” reflected the Rev. Dr. Amy Schifrin, Trinity’s associate professor of Liturgy and Homiletics and co-director of the MDiv Program.
“Marisa’s ability to share the gospel clearly and compellingly has been a tremendous gift to our chapel community these last few years. We are sad to see her go, but know that she will be an effective minister of God’s grace to those she’s being called to serve,” said Trinity’s Dean of Students, the Rev. Geoffrey Mackey.
Trinity School for Ministry is an evangelical seminary in the Anglican tradition, located in Ambridge, PA. Founded in 1976, the seminary has trained more than 1,300 graduates and many others who serve in ministries all over the world. As a global center for Christian formation, Trinity continues to produce outstanding leaders who can plant, renew, and grow churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ.