Bishop Sharma Lewis: Preaching During Lent and Easter
Lenten preaching is especially important, as visitors and regular attenders prepare for the upcoming Easter celebration.
Bishop Sharma Lewis, Virginia Annual Conference, will lead this online class related to preaching during Lent and Easter. Bishop Lewis is author of “Journey to Transformation: A 2020 Lenten Study.” Following her presentation, Bishop Lewis will answer questions from class members.
Gammon Theological Seminary was founded in 1883 by the Methodist Episcopal Church. The Methodist Episcopal Church was divided into northern and southern wings. Sixteen years before the southern states seceded, the southern Annual Conferences withdrew from the denomination and formed the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The Methodist church split in 1844 because of Slavery.
Gammon is the world's premier resource for black church scholarship and faith-based solutions to the spiritual and socio-economic challenges confronting the African American community.
Being that February is Black History Month, we will be highlighting Gammon's history and the contributions of Gammon’s alumni and students. Follow us on social media to see and learn about our history while engaging in conversations about our past. If you have any pieces from Gammon’s history you’d like to share email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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IS GOD CALLING YOUR NAME TO CONTINUING YOUR EDUCATION
The Christian Education Programs at Gammon Theological Seminary had a successful 2019 in serving God and others. We offered eight retreats in five months: Clergy, Spiritual and Writers Retreat, along with a Clinical Pastoral Education Day (CPE Day). Our retreats were open to students, clergy and the public. We had some of the best scholars to lead our workshops. Back by popular demand, we will do it again! We are adding to our schedule this year a workshop on the UM Social Principles for students and alum, being led by Rev. Neal Christie, Assistant General Secretary with The General Board of Church and Society. Also, GRANT WRITING CLASSES THAT WILL FILL UP QUICK! There is a lot of grant money out there to strengthen our ministries that God has called us to serve. Do you need and want some of it? Please go to our website and check out the dates to fit your schedule. For more information contact Minister Brenda Bennefield, Christian Education Programs Manager at email@example.com.
Having wisdom and understanding is better than having silver or gold. Nice and expensive items can be enjoyable, but there are very few things in life that can never be taken away, will never go out of style, and that truly makes you a better person. Getting an education is one of those things. Proverbs 16:16
Rev. Dr. Katurah W. Johnson has been named President of the National Alumni Association for Gammon Theological Seminary, effective January 1, 2020.
Rev. Johnson, who currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Wesley UMC in the Indiana Conference. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Gammon Theological Seminary at the The Interdenominational Theological Center. Her wide-ranging résumé includes oversight of programming, fundraising, budgeting, church leadership and management.
“Rev. Johnson’s experience in the many aspects of the church will allow her to hit the ground running with an excellent understanding of best practices,” said President-Dean Walden. “She is well known and respected amongst Gammon alumni relations circles throughout the USA and is considered to be a rising star among her peers in the Indiana Conference.”
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.