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Deepening Engagement â€“ Journey Conversations Project
- John Wimmer, Program Director, Religion, Lilly Endowment Inc.
Plenary Speaker:John Wimmer, ...
Plenary Speaker:John Wimmer, Religion Program DirectorThe Lilly Endowment, Inc.
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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.
News and Events
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
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.