Annual Golf Tournament

18th Annual Golf Tournament
Ministerial Scholarship Fund

It's Tournament Tiime again! Each year this tournament has grown and that means more students are awarded scholarships to help them as they pursue a degree in full-time Christian ministry. Our goal is that they will graduate with no debt from education loans.

This year we are honoring Peter Gilderson. Peter emigrated to Canada from England in 1957 where he completed his Bachelor's in Chemistry at the University of Alberta, followed by a graduate scholarship at the University of Washington in Seattle. He worked in chemical research (and later in marketing in the petrochemical field) before coming to Mississippi in 1983 for a position with First Chemical Corporation in Jackson.

Becoming a member of Christ United soon after arriving in Mississippi, Peter joined the bass section of the sanctuary choir and the Tuesday morning men's Bible study group and from time to time teaches for his Sunday School class. Peter has also been involved with the Helping Hands ministry and Habitat for Humanity. He has been a member of the Ministerial Scholarship Committee for over ten years, twice acting as chairperson. Also, for nineteen years he has volunteered as a scorer for the PGA golf tournament here in Jackson.

In recent years Peter has enjoyed writing newspaper articles, and currently has just published his first novel. Peter has five children, thirteen grandchildren, and several great grandchildren. He and his wife Betty live in Madison.

Please join us in thanking Peter Gilderson for his dedication to this important scholarship program and the ministry at Christ United to connect people to Jesus.

Tournament Site - Whisper Lake Country Club (May 17, 2018)

This year's tournament will be held at Whisper Lake Country Club in Madison with a 10:30am registration, 11:00am lunch, and 12-Noon shotgun start.
Tucked into the heart of Madison County, Whisper Lake Country Club showcases a beautiful 18-hole, par 64 course with immaculate 419 Bermuda fairways and newly renovated Bermuda Mini-Verde greens. The course offers diverse terrain, four sets of tees, and a scenic lakeside finish for a challenging golf experience. Opened in 1994, the private, full-service club also offers a driving range, and practice greens.


If you play golf, plan to play with us at Whisper Lake Country Club on May 17. The cost is $125 which covers 18 holes of golf, cart, and lunch, $90 of which is tax deductible.
Click To:   [ Download Player Registration Form ]     [ Player Online Registration Only ]

Become a Hole Sponsor. Sponsorship signs are available at $120 each (which is tax deductible) and it's a great way to honor someone or to show that you, or your business support our students. Please use a separate check if you are also playing golf or sponsoring a hole.
Click To:  [ Download Hole Sponsor Registration Form ]     [  Hole Sponsor Online Registration ]

Become a Contributor to the Scholarship Fund & Endowment. Donations (fully tax deductible) are very much appreciated and can be made by sending a check to: Christ United Ministerial Scholarship Fund/Endowment Committee, Christ United Methodist Church, 6000 Old Canton Road, Jackson, MS, 39211. Please make your contribution a separate transaction if you are also participating as a player and/or hole sponsor.
Click To:  Give To Ministerial Scholarship Fund 

Donate Door Prizes. If you would like to provide a door prize and/or promotional items for the participant gift bags please contact Michelle Varner.

Scholarship Fund Distribution

The Ministerial Scholarship Fund & Endowment Committee raises and distributes funds to assist people who are preparing for full-time Christian ministry.
Since 2002, the Christ United Ministerial Scholarship Fund has distributed $301,846 to 42 students. The size of the awards have ranged from several hundred to several thousand dollars.

The basic commitment has remained the same:
•  Encourage those people called by God to full-time Christian Ministry.
•  Support them financially so that they can be freed to focus more on their studies and to finish school with as little debt as possible.

Seminaries that have been attended include:
• Wesley Biblical Seminary
• Asbury Theological Seminary
• Harvard Divinity School
• Princeton Divinity School
• Memphis Theological Seminary
• Fuller Theological Seminary
• Webber Institute of Worship Studies

Tournament Director - Joey Stroble
Committee Executive Secretary - Michelle Varner