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April 5, 2022

Meet Our Centennial Scholars

Written by: Julia Smolucha
Two of our scholars, Nelson Sinchi and Rev. Damon Smith, talk about their studies, their work, and how the church scholarship made the difference. Click the video above to watch the program from Monday, April 25, 2022 moderated by Julie Peterson, and introductions from Rhonda Jordan and Diane Hart. 

Kenilworth Union Church has long supported impactful outreach work across Greater Chicago. One of these remains our Centennial Scholar Fund, initiated the year of Kenilworth Union’s centennial celebration in 1992 when a group of families pooled their financial contributions to being funding of local seminary students focused on urban ministry in our city’s most challenged areas. Presently, we are providing scholarship assistance to four seminary scholars at various Chicago-area seminaries.

In conjunction with the Adult Education Committee, the Centennial Scholar Committee encourages you to join us Monday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Culbertson Room, or livestream, as two of our scholars talk about their studies, their work, and how the Church’s scholarship made a difference.

Nelson Sinchi graduated form Catholic Theological Union and now serves in a hospital chaplain training program.

Reverend Damon Smith graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary and currently works as Community Outreach Director for CHANGE Illinois.

Please join us to hear from these talented and committee Centennial scholarship recipients, with an opportunity to meet them following the one-hour presentation.

Rev. Damon Smith

Community Outreach Director, CHANGE Illinois
Youth Pastor, Liberty Baptist Church of Chicago
Chairman, 3rd Ward Pastors & Ministers Alliance
Publicity Chair, XL Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Religious Affairs Chair, Southside NAACP
Liberation Homiletician
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Nelson Sinchi

Chaplain Resident, Rush University Medical Center

Eighth Grade Religious Education Teacher & Confirmation Leader, Ascension Catholic Church in Oak Park