Jim and Judy wells

ministry scholarship

PURPOSE: The Jim and Judy Wells Ministry Scholarship Endowment extends God’s Kingdom by providing tuition assistance for Tri-County Baptist Association church members who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Christian ministry.

ELIGIBILITY: The scholarship is available to persons who:

  • Are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate ministry degree; 
  • Are a member of a Tri-County Baptist Association church; 
  • Have not previously been a recipient of this scholarship more than two times. 

DOCTRINAL GUIDELINE: The Ministry Scholarship’s doctrinal guidelines are the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message.

SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT: The amount of individual scholarships and number of scholarships awarded each year is determined annually by the Scholarship Committee, and is dependent upon the number of applicants and the funds available to be disbursed.


BY CHECK: Checks can be made out to “Missouri Baptist Foundation” MEMO: “Jim and Judy Wells Scholarship.” Send to Missouri Baptist Foundation,  PO Box 1113 Jefferson City, MO 65101-1113.

ON-LINE: Donations can be made to Missouri Baptist Foundation designate gifts to  "Jim and Judy Wells Scholarship".

100% of donated funds go directly to the scholarship endowment to assist those going into the ministry. Donations are tax deductible. Scholarship funds are held and distributed by the Missouri Baptist Foundation.


about jim and judy wells

The scholarship is named for Jim and Judy Wells who served God together in marriage and ministry for five decades. With Judy by his side, Jim served with distinction in Tri-County Baptist Association as Director of Missions from 2000 to 2012, and as interim pastor at First Baptist Church of Kimberling City, Skyline Baptist Church, and Selmore Baptist Church. In addition to his service in TCBA, Jim served the Southern Baptist Convention for fifteen years as Registration Secretary; the Missouri Baptist Convention for four years as Strategic Partners Catalyst; and served nine churches as pastor. Jim was a friend to pastors and Christian servants all across the United States and was known for his humble leadership style and Christ-like spirit. Judy Wells served alongside Jim as the consummate pastor’s wife and humble Christian servant. Their love for pastors and churches and their legacy of dedicated service to the cause of Christ lives on through the ministry of this scholarship.