Grants for the Development of Church Leaders

About the HLF Ministry Support Fund


In Honor Of

The Rev. Heidi Lynn Fuller (1951-1996) was a preacher, teacher, pastor, untiring disciple of Jesus Christ, and witness to God’s love for humankind. In the midst of her vital ministry, Heidi died from ovarian cancer. Family and friends established the Heidi Lynn Fuller Ministry Support Fund in her honor.

The Rev. Carol Gomez (1950-2002) was the first African-American woman ordained by the American Baptist Churches of the Rochester Genesee Region and a tireless worker for human rights. Carol was honored by Nazareth College in 1992 as one of the Celebrated Women of African Descent who had made significant contributions to the Rochester community.


Margaret Curtis (1905-2000) served as secretary for the United Church of Marion from 1966 to 1991. Margaret loved Heidi, her church, community, and her Lord.

What We Offer

Church leaders, more than ever, need support and continuing education as they explore with their congregations how to be a church in today’s world.

Give now to provide opportunities for clergy and lay leaders to gain knowledge, build skills, and care for themselves as they care for and guide congregations towards healthy relationships and effective ministries in their communities.

Your generous gift to The HLF Ministry Support Fund, Inc. tells church leaders that you walk alongside them as partners in ministry.

The Heidi Lynn Fuller Ministry Support Fund, Inc. encourages leadership development for women and men, lay or ordained, to grow in church-connected ministry.

The Heidi Lynn Fuller Ministry Support Fund provides the following grants to eligible applicants:

Curtis grants of $1000 each are awarded to laypersons desiring training in church-related ministries.

HLF sabbatical grants of up to $2000 are awarded annually to clergypersons for sabbatical programs from her or his local church.

HLF grants are awarded for seminars, courses, retreats, support services, vocational counseling, etc., designed to enhance leadership skills of clergy, lay church leaders, and seminarians. Grants awarded average to $600 per grant.

One Rev. Carol Gomez grant of $1500 is awarded each academic year to an African-American woman who has demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to pastoral ministry and who is enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, New York.

Is there anyone you think should be made aware of these grant opportunities?

Direct them to www.hlfullerministryfund.org for information and downloadable applications!

All applications must be endorsed by the applicant’s church or other relevant sponsors. Grant applications are reviewed as received with a 45-day response from receipt of the complete application. Grant recipients may not reapply for a grant for five years.

Board of Directors

  • Rev. Lawrence Hargrave
  • Rev. Dr. Sandra Hasenauer
  • Rev. Carol Holtz-Martin
  • Rev. Susan Maybeck
  • Rev. Stuart J. Mitchell
  • Mrs. Bette Rae Simmons

Contact Information

  • Stuart J. Mitchell, Fund President
  • 312 Berkeley St. Rochester, NY 14607
  • smitchell@pathstone.org
  • (585) 340-3368
  • (585) 315-8589
  • www.hlfullerministryfund.org