Rev. Jason Rutherford
P. O. Box 546
South Yarmouth, MA 02664
MBCS provides scholarship grants in Massachusetts. Learn more about them below.
Return all application materials to the executive director. For further information, please contact:
You may also reach out to the Executive Secretary of MBCS for other concerns.
MBCS has been helping spouses and children of deceased American Baptist clergy since 1794, when the Warren Association voted to receive an annual collection for such purposes. MBCS was incorporated on February 3, 1821, when Mrs. Sparhawk bequeathed $1,000 for this compassionate ministry.
Monthly grants are provided to spouses of deceased American Baptist clergy who have served in Massachusetts and currently have assets below $100,000 (not including home and car) and annual incomes below $48,000.
Due to the faithfulness of individuals and congregations and the excellent stewarding of MBCS’ funds by the Investment Committee, in 1991, the society’s ministry expanded to include emergency grants to Baptist clergy for personal and/or family needs. The society often collaborates with the Conference of Baptist Ministers and the Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board (MMBB) to meet such needs.
Beginning in 1996, the Society initiated assistance to ordained American Baptist clergy to repay educational loans taken in preparation for ordained ministry. MBCS assists with education loan repayment grants to support TABCOM-ordained clergy serving in recognized ministries in Massachusetts to diminish indebtedness accumulated while achieving Master of Divinity degrees.
In 2000, we began granting scholarship aid to Massachusetts American Baptist clergy in the process of receiving a DMin degree. These scholarships are solely for tuition and book expenses. Those enrolled in a Doctor of Ministry, Ph.D., Th.D., or S.T.M. degree program accredited by the Association of Theological Schools are eligible for these scholarships. In addition, there are two specially named scholarships, described below, for which one may also apply.
Mr. Ernest H. Hatch faithfully and competently served MBCS as Treasurer and as a member of the Investment Committee for 17 years before his death in February 1999. Mr. Charles Putnam served as a wise steward of the Society’s investment portfolio for many years prior to his retirement in 1999. These scholarships, for $2,000 each, are in honor of their ministry to the MBCS and a broader body of believers.
Return all application materials to the Executive Director. For further information, you may contact:
69 Fort Point Rd
North Weymouth, MA 02191
Application for the Massachusetts Baptist Charitable Society – Confidential
Grants from MBCS for repayment of education loans are meant to accelerate the repayment of clergy education loans undertaken in preparation for ordained ministry. They are not meant to replace regularly scheduled payments.
Please mail the completed application with any accompanying materials by December 31 of each year to: