Gammon Theological Seminary will immediately suspend all normal business hours and all members are expected to work away from campus. It is Gammon's hope that we can all return to campus for normal business hours on April 7th.
Rev. Dr. Ken Walden will transition out of his leadership role as President-Dean of Gammon Theological Seminary, effective June 30, 2020. The transition was prompted by the decision of the California-Pacific Conference of The United Methodist Church to appoint Dr. Walden to become Senior Pastor of Holman United Methodist Church located in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Walden is a clergy-member of the California-Pacific Conference of The United Methodist Church.
When the Board of Trustees named Dr. Walden as President-Dean of Gammon Theological Seminary, he brought an ambitious theological imagination, negotiated new institutional partnerships, displayed a tireless commitment, created a robust continuing education program, and expanded the donor base. During his tenure, the Center for Chaplaincy was created to foster awareness, exchange information, and explore the opportunities and practices in the field of professional chaplaincy. Additionally, Clergy Retreats, Spiritual Retreats, and Writing Retreats were launched to energize and revitalize leaders in various communities.
Dr. Walden has earned degrees from The Citadel (BS), Duke Divinity School (M.Div.), Graduate Theological Foundation (D.Min.), and Claremont School of Theology (MA & PhD). He is currently a Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve (USAFR).
“I will always love and support Gammon Theological Seminary” said President-Dean Walden. An advisory committee will conduct a search for President-Dean Walden’s successor.
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 email@example.com.
STOP! LOOK! AND LISTEN!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Christian Education Programs at Gammon Theological Seminary hosted eight retreats in five months. On February 18th of this year, I implemented a series of eight retreats, designed to equip, and educate, faithful and creative leaders, to enhance their call to ministry. Our participants were students, clergy, laity, and the community; regardless of faith preference, everyone was welcome.
The Clergy Retreat: Renew, Refresh and Reconnect, offered workshops titled: Remembering Your Call and Who Called You, Reconciling Broken Communities, and Building Bridges Together Church and Community to name a few. These workshops challenged the participants to revisit their call, and to do it often. One of the workshops leaders used storytelling, symbols, and images to help people remember their call.
The Spiritual Retreat: Pathway to Physical, Mental and Spiritual Renewal, focused on the body, mind, and spirit. One of the workshop leaders provided different ways to preserve ourselves despite the obstacles we deal with in our everyday lives.
The Writers Retreat: Gifted Hands and Gifted Minds allowed participants to dig deeper and share their stories, while also, reminding them that our stories are someone else's healing. The participants were challenged to find a place and time to write without interruptions.
The retreats were three to four days long, with a diverse group of professional workshop leaders who shared a wealth of knowledge at each workshop. If you missed out on attending our 2019 retreats, by popular demand they will be back in 2020! Please visit our website under Christian Education to keep informed. http://www.gammon-itc.org/christian-education.html.
Grace and Peace,
Minister Bennefield, M.Div.
On Jan. 15, 1969, at the first memorial service to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday, nine months after his assassination, photographers from national media outlets descended upon Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta to cover the event. While most of the professionals left the service early to meet press deadlines, one photographer remained to capture the tribute and to also take some photographs at Dr. King’s grave-site — Horace Henry.
Henry, a 21-year-old student from Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University), had grabbed a camera as an afterthought on his way out the dorm that morning as he and some fellow Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity brothers got on their way to honor King. “None of us knew that we were going to get inside the church”.
Upon arrival at the service and maneuvering his way to the very back of the church inside sanctuary, someone, seeing the camera around Henry’s neck, ushered him to the front of the church. Nervously, he began to do his best to take photos despite the fact that he had no idea how to operate the camera, which his brother had just sent to him from overseas.
Henry captured events that day in over 40 black and white photographs. The pictures include such notables in the civil rights movement as Coretta Scott King; Harry Belafonte; the Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. and his wife Alberta Williams King; Ralph David Abernathy; Andrew Young and Rosa Parks. They are all included in his book “One Day In January”. This is the largest private collection of (and the only one known to exist in the world) photographs taken at the first birthday celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Henry said the photos he took at Ebenezer 46 years ago recorded an important time in U.S. history, as the service laid the groundwork for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance we celebrate today.
“It chronicles the ecumenical service which led to a national holiday and the significance of that is that the national media had to get in and get the photos and get out, but I was fortunate enough to record all of the program on film. It’s a clear documentation of what happened that day,” he said.
Henry said he kept the photos in a shoe box for years, until friends encouraged him to publish a book of the pictures. He also contacted the Smithsonian National Museum to see if they had any interest in the photos, and the museum sent a curator to his house.
“(The curator) said, ‘Mr. Henry, we must have this collection at the Smithsonian,’” said Henry.
Henry donated the photos to become part of the permanent collection at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Photo collections at the museum rotate, and he hopes his collection called “One Day In January” will be on display soon. The Collection is already available at the Museum on computer.
“Long after (we) are gone, the photos will be there for everyone to enjoy,” said Henry.
To learn more about Horace Henry’s book or to purchase a copy, visit http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/3148278 or email him at email@example.com.
SAVE THE DATE!!!
2019 Gammon’s Founders’ Day
December 3-4, 2019
Theme: Behold the Vision: Unity!
Time is fast approaching!! Gammon Theological Seminary is once again preparing to celebrate its 136th founding as the only African-American seminary in the United Methodist Church. The Founders’ Day Committee, under the leadership of Rev. Donald K. Reed, has planned an event sure to be exciting for the students, alums and friends of Gammon.
Expect to experience the dynamic, prophetic preaching of two powerful women: 1) Bishop LaTrelle Easterling, from the Baltimore-Washington Conference, during the Opening Worship Service on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 10:45 a.m., in the Gammon Chapel. In an historic election, in July 2016, Bishop Easterling became the first woman to lead the 233 year old Baltimore-Washington Conference. 2) Rev. Dr. Neichelle R. Guidry, Dean of Sisters Chapel at Spelman College, during 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, will be our 80th Thirkield-Jones Lecturer on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. and Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 9:15 a.m. His newest 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 will be 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 on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., at the Atlanta Airport Marriott, Dr. Salley’s oratorical skills and passion for being a generous giver will certainly challenge and inspire every attendee. During the Banquet, special honor and recognition will be 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.
Remember - - Save the Date! Join us – Gammon, the “school of the prophets,” for our 136th Celebration. Registration Deadline is Friday, November 15, 2019. You can also register online at: www.gammon-itc.org and follow the link for 2019 Founders’ Day.
Rev. Sandy Hall
Office of the President-Dean