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John Wimmer, Religion Program Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
, his wife Jan Blasing and their son, David, live in Zionsville, IN.