Today concludes my first month as Interim President-Dean of Gammon Theological Seminary. There is a sense of awe and excitement over the generosity of God's grace. I am grateful for the prayers of family and friends, the untiring support of staff, the hospitality of students on campus, and the amazing trust invested in me by the Board of Trustees. A chronicle of my stewardship will be documented and presented to the Board of Trustees on August 21, 2017.
On another note, the American people have received a steady diet of controversy over the future of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare". At the present time all attempts to repeal and replace have failed. Perhaps the way to move forward is to empower a bipartisan group of women in the Senate and charge them with the responsibility of crafting legislation that would meet the needs of the people. I pray that God will give our elected officials guidance in bringing order out of chaos.
Now, our schools are opening for the 2017-18 school year. It is my hope that the children will have our support, so that academic excellence will become a reality and not just another wonderful saying. I do, however, like the new and relevant declaration of the United Negro College Fund, "that a mind is a great thing to invest in". To that I say amen.
At this time, I am going all out in asking individuals and congregations to help me in supporting students at Gammon who are serious about their preparation for Christian Ministry. Please help me to help them, so that they are prepared and positioned to help others, from around the world. Go online at www.gammon-itc.org and give today. God will bless you abundantly.
Remember that together, we can do all things.
Peace and Power.
We live in a world "where the storms of life are raging", and there is a need to know that somebody cares. Human life is impacted by fear and doubt, violence and corruption, sickness and concern over the future of health care, disappointment in our leadership and the list goes on. There is a need for a healing of the nation and of the world. I believe that God has given us at Gammon Theological Seminary a part to play in this healing ministry.
The process of healing for the nation, the world and of individuals needs to begin immediately in the home, church, school and community. When servant leaders live out the calling on their lives, our change for the better will become a reality.
In my role as Interim President-Dean at Gammon, it is incumbent upon me to assist in the training of our spiritual leaders for the next generation. This means: Vision Casting, Fundraising, Student Recruitment, Motivation for Academic Excellence, and Servant Leadership. These five steps are guiding my life and our witness at Gammon.
The heart of our focus is grounded in the Initiative entitled, "SCHOLARSHIPS for SCHOLARS". We are very serious that all of our students excel academically. We will operate as a family, united in a common cause of Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.
Please show that you care about our future and are committed to investing in the training of our future leaders by helping to underwrite the cost of this training. I ask that you send a hundred dollars ($100) or more, to help with this worthwhile cause. Please make checks payable to Gammon Theological Seminary or you can give online at: www.gammon-itc.org
Together we can usher in a healing of the nation, the world, and in the lives of many people. Thanks for helping us at Gammon to succeed in meeting this critical need.
I continue to be excited about my time at Gammon. On Sunday, July 9th, I worshipped at Hoosier UMC during the Celebration of their Thirty Fifth (35th) Church Anniversary. Revered Dr. Rodney Smothers, the first pastor, brought a powerful message. We had a full house in attendance, with music by the Reunion Choir.
On Thursday, July 13th, four of our Gammon students joined with me in accepting the invitation of Impact UMC to serve lunch to the staff at the Board of Global Ministries. It was a powerful experience with new relationships developed and opportunities opened for jobs and internships.
Then, on yesterday, July 16th, Marjorie, my sister Bernice and I worshipped at Columbia Drive UMC and I was again blessed by a powerful worship experience. Three (3) new members joined the Church. It was the observance of their Fifty Six (56th) Church Anniversary. We also celebrated the return of Rev. Ralph Thompson as the pastor.
The best is still yet to come at Gammon. Remember, together all things are possible. Peace.
My first week on the journey as President-Dean of Gammon has ended. A solid foundation is being laid through team building with members of the staff. The possibilities for a great future are very encouraging.
Information is beginning to come in regarding new students. A report will be provided when the list is finalized. I am in conversation with I. T. C. staff as it relates to New Student Orientation. Gammon will provide additional orientation for our Methodist students.
Please keep us in prayer as we seek to be faithful to our calling as followers of Jesus Christ. Expect more information next week.
Remember, together all things are possible.
July 1st launched a new chapter in my ministry within the life of the United Methodist Church. It marked the second time for laying aside "retirement" to return to active service. It is an honor to have been invited to assume the position of Interim President-Dean of Gammon Theological Seminary. The Board of Trustees has been very gracious and I promise to give my best in furthering high standards in theological education, to the end that our congregations will have clergy prepared to effectively serve on day one. I ask for your prayers and help in getting the job done. Together all things are possible.