Rev. Matthew M. Jefferson, Jr., was the first African-American pastor of Inglewood First UMC in Inglewood, California. He passed away in 1992. His loving wife, Mrs. Mary Frances Johnson Jefferson, passed away on July 14, 2017. At her homegoing service on Saturday, August 12, 2017, Dr. Walter L. Kimbrough, Interim President-Dean, presented a resolution on behalf of Gammon Theological Seminary. Dr. Kimbrough preached a healing message at Inglewood First UMC the following day. He is pictured with Rev. and Mrs. Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Willa Jefferson-Stokes, the current pastor- - Rev. Victor Cyrus Franklin, his wife and two children.
In January 2019, Dr. Ken J. Walden, President-Dean, travelled to Inglewood, California and preached a powerful and insightful message for the morning service at Inglewood First UMC. He honored the legacy of Rev. and Mrs. Jefferson, as well as shared the deeply lasting and fruitful connectional heritage between Gammon and Inglewood First.
Blessed be the ties that bind!
Matthew Wesley Williams has been appointed by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) to serve as Interim President of the Center, upon the retirement of current President, Dr. Edward L. Wheeler on July 31, 2019. This action will be ratified by the full Board of Trustees later this summer. Williams will begin his transition into the role on July 10, 2019.
Our primary purpose is to assist our Black congregations to become more effective in mission and ministry.
The way that we will do that will be to create strategy for all of the Black churches in this conference by working directly with clergy and laity as a resource committee that will develop a program of best practices and strategies for effective results that move our churches from decline to revitalization.
Organizing works! We are thrilled to announce that yesterday the City of Inglewood passed a permanent rent stabilization ordinance, capping rent increases at 5% per year!
On Tuesday, June 11th Inglewood City Council passed a permanent rent stabilization ordinance for local residents. This comes after more than three years of community advocacy led by the Uplift Inglewood Coalition. Together we mobilized more than 150 residents to request amendments to the proposed ordinance, many of whom spoke in public comment for more than three hours requesting that the City Council reduce the annual rent cap from 8% to 5%. The ordinance includes Just Cause eviction protections, establishes a rent board, and caps rent increases at 5 percent per year, with some exceptions.
Rev. Dr. Vanessa Lovelace was an Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible. She teaches Hebrew Bible/Old Testament courses, to include introductory to biblical studies, biblical exegesis and elementary biblical Hebrew. Her areas of expertise include Deuteronomistic History, Hebrew Bible prophets and prophecy, and women and gender in ancient Israel. Her teaching and research interests include interpreting biblical texts using literary criticism and theory of gender and nation through a womanist lens.
The Interdenominational Theological Center’s President Rev. Dr. Edward L. Wheeler announced on April 26 that he is retiring from the role he’s held for the past four years. Wheeler made the announcement during a board of trustees’ executive meeting, on campus.Wheeler is the 10th person to serve in ITC’s top leadership role since its founding in 1958. Wheeler stated in his remarks to the board that he will be concluding his presidential position effective June 30, 2019, a position he has held since 2015.
The ITC board of trustees’ accepted the retirement letter with an expression of gratitude for Wheeler’s services.
“I have been blessed by my time at ITC,” Wheeler said. My prayer is that new leadership will help ITC realize its unlimited potential. ITC’s liberating Africentric focus is needed now more than ever.”
Under Wheeler’s leadership, the institution has achieved several goals which include:
ITC’s Board will spend the next two months identifying what the next President’s work will be. An interim will be appointed to assume the duties of the presidential office, and a search will be launched later this year.
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ITC is honored to announce the partnership with the Tom Joyner Foundation for a nationwide fundraising campaign to raise money for scholarship support.
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Do you want to network with artists of various disciplines or do you want to be in the company of writers only? Do you want to learn about the business of writing? Do you want critiques in a workshop or a one-to-one setting? Chances are, Gammon Writers Retreat might be the place for you.
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