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Dr. John R. Wimmer

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Program Director

Phone: (317) ***-****  
Email: w***@***.org
Local Address:  Indianapolis , Indiana , United States
Lilly Endowment Inc.

Employment History

  • Program Director
    Eli Lilly and Company
  • President
    Indianapolis Center for Congregations
  • Senior Pastor
    Religion Program DirectorThe Lilly Endowment , Inc.
  • Religion Professor and Administrator
    University of Indianapolis
  • Senior Pastor
    North UMC
  • Founding Director and President
    Indianapolis Center for Congregations


  • Duke Divinity School
  • Duke University Divinity School
  • Ph.D. , American Religious History
    University of Chicago
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John Wimmer, Religion Program Director
Lilly Endowment
John R. Wimmer is a program director in the Religion Division of Lilly Endowment, Inc., an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family. Dr. Wimmer is responsible for several aspects of Lilly Endowment's grant-making in the area of religion, including support for theological higher education, sustaining Pastoral Excellence initiative, as well as programs on Faith and Giving. Wimmer was founding president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations, a program funded by the Endowment that helps Indianapolis-area congregations find and use the best resources available to address the challenges they face.
An ordained United Methodist minister, Wimmer was a parish pastor in Indiana as well as North Carolina for fifteen years. He is a graduate of Duke University Divinity School and holds a Ph.D from the University of Chicago, where he studied with noted American church historian Martin E. Marty and conducted historical research on philanthropy and Christian stewardship as they relate to congregational and religious life in America.
Dr. Wimmer has wide experience as a religious leader, having served as teacher and writer, as well as church leader and consultant. John, his wife Jan Blasing and their son, David, live in Zionsville, IN.
News and Events [cached]
Dr. John Wimmer, the Director of the Lilly Endowment Program for Pastoral Excellence, shared with us the research that has been emerging from the Lilly funded projects to sustain excellence in ministry and the key role that clergy peer learning groups play in this effort to strengthen the church for ministry in today's world.
New Network of Partners | Academy of Preachers [cached]
These SPE programs are focused on peer groups as a strategy for "sustaining pastoral excellence" and John Wimmer, Program Director at the Lilly Endowment, estimated these peer groups have engaged 10% of the pastors in the United States. Impressive.
About Resources for American Christianity [cached]
Milton J Coalter, the library director at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education, redeveloped the site into its current shape with the assistance of John R. Wimmer, program officer in the Lilly Endowment's Religion division, and technical consultants first from Quilogy, Inc. and later from Shailesh Mark of Data Management & Consultancy Services, Inc.
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