2019 Gammon’s Founders’ Day
December 3-4, 2019
Theme: Behold the Vision: Unity!
Gammon Theological Seminary has once again celebrated its founding as the only African-American seminary in the United Methodist Church. The Founders’ Day Committee, under the leadership of Rev. Donald K. Reed, planned an event that excited students, alums and friends of Gammon.
We had the pleasure of experiencing the dynamic, prophetic preaching of two powerful women, Bishop Latrelle Easterling and Rev. Dr. Neichelle R. Guidry. Bishop Easterling, from the Baltimore-Washington Conference, during the Opening Worship Service on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, in the Gammon Chapel. In a historic election in July 2016, Bishop Easterling became the first woman to lead the 233 year old Baltimore-Washington Conference. Our other dynamic preacher, Rev. Dr. Guidry, currently serving as the Dean of Sisters Chapel at Spelman College, the Closing Worship Service on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gammon Chapel. In 2015, Ebony Magazine recognized Dr. Guidry as quickly becoming one of her generation’s most powerful female faith leaders.
Dr. F. Douglas Powe, Jr., a forerunner in African American evangelism and the James C. Logan Professor of Evangelism at Wesley Theological Seminary, was our 80th Thirkield-Jones Lecturer on Tuesday, December 3rd and Wednesday, December 4, 2019. His latest book, Transforming Community: The Wesleyan Way to Missional Congregations, co-authored with H. Henry Knight III, provides insights into the missional focus of the Wesleyan movement. The 2019 Trailblazer Justice Award was presented to Dr. James H. Salley, Associate Vice Chancellor for Africa University. Dr. Salley is a true visionary of institutional advancement for students both in America and in Africa. He is also a distinguished leader and influential fundraiser in the United Methodist Church. As the Banquet Speaker, Dr. Salley’s oratorical skills and passion for being a generous giver certainly challenged and inspired every attendee. Special honor and recognition was also given to Rev. Tiffanie C. Postell (class of 2014) as the 2019 Emerging Prophetic Leader. With the true heart of a servant-leader whose Christian philosophy comes from Luke 22:27, Rev. Postell, the senior pastor at Newnan United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Louisiana, has embraced her ministry journey with a love for God’s people.