Louisville Seminary has been awarded a $200,000 grant to expand a program that studies African-American churches.

The Black Church Studies Program began at Louisville Seminary three years ago and now has 30 students enrolled in the curriculum.

Lewis Brogdon, the program’s director at the seminary, says it needed to do more than just offer classes in black theology, African-American Christianity and preaching.

Brogdon says the grant will allow the program’s leaders to spend time in local and regional congregations educating laypeople about issues affecting African-American churches and communities. He says it also will help recruit leaders who want to come to the seminary.

The grant is from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. The seminary, founded in 1853, is part of the Presbyterian Church (USA).