Young adults who serve internships with Project Transformation will have an opportunity for early admission and scholarship consideration at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, thanks to a new agreement between Project Transformation National and Candler.

Nearly 400 young adults serve missional internships with Project Transformation annually, and the vast majority of alumni stay actively involved in ministry and service following their internship.

College interns from PT North Georgia spend a “Friday Experience” day at Candler, meeting with students and faculty, and learning about various graduate degree programs.

“Young adults in Project Transformation – those giving up their summers and serving communities in collaboration with local churches and community partners – are exactly the kinds of students who excel at Candler, says Sam Martinez, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Candler. “Our partnership with Project Transformation will have both an immediate and sustained impact in raising up leaders committed to changing the world through creative and faithful leadership in the name of Jesus Christ.”

This agreement also strengthens the relationship between Candler and Project Transformation by encouraging Candler students to serve in leadership roles as Project Transformation “house pastors,” gaining hands-on college ministry experience and possibly earning field education credit for their experience. In addition, Candler will work with Project Transformation National to provide coaching, mentorship and other resources to house pastors.

“Several Project Transformation alumni have enrolled at Candler in recent years,” says Eric Lindh, CEO of Project Transformation National. “In fact, both staff leaders of Project Transformation’s newest chapter in North Georgia, Diane Ward and Sonya Curtis-Tshuma, received their Masters of Divinity degrees from Candler! We are eager to deepen this relationship and encourage our growing alumni network to consider seminary study at Candler as their next step in continuing to discern God’s call on their lives.”

About Project Transformation National

Founded in 1998, Project Transformation is a national, United Methodist-affiliated nonprofit organization that operates through a network of eight affiliated Project Transformation chapters across the country. Approximately 400 college-age young adults are recruited annually to invest in the lives of over 3,200 children and youth from marginalized communities, while exploring a call to ministry and service. To learn more, visit

About Candler School of Theology
Candler School of Theology at Emory University is an intellectually vital, internationally distinguished, and intentionally diverse university-based school of theology that educates faithful and creative leaders for the church’s ministries throughout the world. It is one of 13 seminaries of The United Methodist Church, with an enrollment of nearly 500 students from 40 denominations and more than 8,000 alumni worldwide.To learn more, visit