Speer Trust
1102 W. Church Road
Newark, DE 19711

Phone 302. 366.0595
Fax 302.366.0714
(not for proposal submissions)

Executive Director:
Rev. Bob Schminkey

The Speer Trust is managed by the Speer Commissioners, who are empowered by the Presbytery to manage the Trust.

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About Us

The Speer Trust is an Administrative Commission of the New Castle Presbytery. The Speer Trust has funded $6 million of programs in Delaware and the Eastern Shore of MD over the past 34 years and $8 million worldwide.


The Speer Trust is a bequest from the estate of George I. And Lizzie F. Speer of Wilmington, Delaware, received by the Presbytery of New Castle in 1985 and earmarked for mission with people who are poor and oppressed. The Presbytery's mandate for use of this gift states, "We believe that the integrity of our use of this fund will be revealed not only in the new spiritual horizons which will be opened through our helping people who are poor but also through our working together with them in a spirit of compassion."

The Presbytery's understanding of mission

Because both the Old Testament and the New Testament proclaim God's passion for justice, the Church us is under a divine imperative to proclaim justice - to the end that the causes of poverty and oppression may be eliminated. The Presbytery, through the use of the Speer Trust, is committed to empowering people who are marginalized, in every culture, and addressing root cause of poverty.

Where the money is used

The Speer Trust income is apportioned for creative projects in Delaware and on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The balance is used for global mission with a percentage to the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic for projects outside the bounds of the New Castle presbytery.

Applicants outside New Castle Presbytery

Applicants living outside New Castle Presbytery should address inquiries to the General Assembly Presbyterian Mission Agency, Louisville, Kentucky, or the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic, Richmond, Virginia.