An e-newsletter                                                                    June 2017
Congratulations Class of 2017!
2017 Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies and
Doctor of Ministry graduates and faculty
Our End-of Fiscal-Year Annual Fund Drive is underway!

Your gift to the Annual Fund is essential to promoting the mission of the Seminary and helping keep tuition as low as possible for our students.

Click here to make your gift to the Annual Fund securely online.
Or mail your gift to Office of Institutional Advancement,
1810 Lutheran Synod Drive, Salisbury, NC 28144. 
Every gift, small and large, is greatly appreciated and stewarded responsibly.

Center for Faith and the Arts
"Unreasonable Fears" Exhibit continuing through June 9 
sponsored by Hood Seminary 

Center for Faith & the Arts
207 W. Harrison Street, Salisbury, NC

 Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00 pm
or by appointment ( please call 704-647-0999).


Greensboro Alumni Chapter Cook-out
Thursday, June 15th 5:30-7:00 pm
At the Home of Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, ’98
RSVP by Friday, June 9th  

North Carolina UMC Annual Conference 
Lunch & Fellowship
Friday, June 16th at 12 noon
Golden Corral (504 SW Greenville Blvd., Greenville, NC  27834)
RSVP by Wednesday, June 14th
National Baptist Congress College Fair
St. Louis, MO
HTS will be in the area!
June 19-22, 2017

Western NC UMC Annual Conference 
Dinner & Fellowship
Saturday, June 24th 5:00-6:30 pm
Foundation for Evangelism (125 N. Lakeshore Drive), Lake Junaluska
RSVP by Friday, June 16th  

                                              STAY CONNECTED!    

Come Tickle Our Ivories!

HTS is a participant in the City of Salisbury's 2017 "Come Tickle Our Ivories" project (7 donated pianos decorated by area organizations and placed downtown for the enjoyment of players and passersby).

Thanks to Linwood Buford, class of 2017 and President of the SGA, who took on this challenge! With the theme “Memos for Memory,” he painted and embellished the piano with biblical and motivational quotes sure to inspire those who stop to play or rest.

Thanks also to those who shared notes and quotes. See (and play) the Hood piano at 105 N. Main Street in Salisbury!

The 2017 Bishop James Walker Hood Awards for
Distinguished Service to Hood Theological Seminary

Dr. Trevor Williams (second from right in photo left) with Bishop Michael A. Frencher, Sr., President Vergel Lattimore, and Dr. Gail Hounshell, Dr. Williams' wife.

The Margaret C. Woodson Foundation. Foundation board member, Paul Woodson and wife, Beth Woodson, accepted the award on behalf of the Foundation.

Two New Board Members Welcomed at May Trustees' Meeting

Dr. Nilous Avery is pastor of the historic Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Salisbury, Inc. where he has served since October 1992. He received a B.A. and Master of Divinity from Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and a Doctor of Divinity from Hood Theological Seminary. He was elected President of the General Baptist State Convention of N.C., Inc. (GBSC) in October 2014, one of the largest and oldest African-American organizations in the southeastern United States. He is a native of Asheville, NC, and is a former educator and administrator in the Asheville City Schools. Dr. Avery has served and continues to serve on numerous commissions, community foundations, and boards including the Shaw University Board of Trustees, the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Board, and Salisbury-Rowan County Interdenominational Minister’s Fellowship. He served eight years on the Board of Rowan County Department of Social Services. 

Dr. Mark Key is senior pastor of Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, NC, where he has served since 2012. Previously, he served churches in High Point, Trinity and Charlotte, NC and was Director of Congregational Development for the Western NC Conference of the UMC for seven years. He received a B.A. in Religion from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Congregational Development from Seabury Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He also studied at New College, Edinburgh University, Scotland. Dr. Key received the Harry Denman Evangelism Award from the Western NC Conference of the UMC. He has served on mission trips to Africa, Central America and the Caribbean. Currently, he serves on the board of the YMCA ((Robinhood Branch) in Winston-Salem and has served on the Asheboro United Way Board and the Board of Ordained Ministry of the Western NC Conference.
Alumni Milestone Luncheon
Scenes from the Alumni Milestone Luncheon on May 19th. It was a wonderful opportunity for alumni observing milestone years to reconnect!
New Master of Divinity Concentrations

Beginning fall 2017, students who have completed 18 hours in the M.Div. program will have the option of declaring up to 2 concentrations in that degree program, fulfilled through the completion of 12 elective hours in the following areas: biblical studies, church history, theology and social ethics. preaching and worship, pastoral care and counseling, and/or Christian education. 

New Doctor of Ministry Specializations Beginning in Fall 2017

The Doctor of Ministry in Community Advocacy and Social Justice Ministry is designed to provide advanced theological training for persons committed to social justice ministry and political advocacy on behalf of marginalized persons and communities. The special-ization also equips persons with practical tools for mobilizing Christian congregations for social justice work. The degree is a thirty-three-hour program comprised of three major components: seminars, supervision, and a ministry project in the area of community advocacy and social justice ministry.

The Doctor of Ministry in Clinical Pastoral Education Supervision is designed to provide advanced educational opportunities and clinical training for clinical professional leaders who seek advanced theoretical and theological reflection on the contemporary practices of clinical supervisory leadership. This D. Min. specialization is unique in southeastern United States theological education because it combines the curriculum of a first-class seminary family with collaborative strength and the resources of a major regional research and training medical center - Carolinas Healthcare System. Hood Theological Seminary has a diverse faculty with a long tradition of community service, social reconciliation, and creative spiritual leadership. The Carolinas Healthcare System (CHS) features a vast regional reputation for national excellence in service delivery and ACPE Supervisory Education.

Two other specializations - Pastoral Theology and Care and Leadership Ministry - were introduced in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

Note to Potential HTS Students!

The application deadline for the 2017 Fall Semester is July 15.

Questions or concerns? Contact Dr. Reginald Boyd, Director of Recruitment and Admissions at 704-636-6455, 704-798-2134, or 

JOIN US for an Immersion Course!!!
HTS J-term Immersion Course abroad for one week in January 2018.
Seminary class is held on United Theological College of West Indies (UTCWI). Convened by Dr. Sharon Grant, HTS Assistant  Professor of the History of Christianity, with Dr. Glenroy Lalor, Director of Graduate Studies (UTCWI).
WHEN:  January 8 – 15, 2018 (class convenes Tuesday, January 9 – Friday, January 12)
WHERE: Kingston, Jamaica
CREDITS: History of Religion in the Caribbean - 3 credits – CHT 306
COST: $950.00 (all-inclusive package except weekend excursion/ meals)
ELIGIBILITY: HTS students, alumni, and spouses      
CONTACT:  Dr. Sharon Grant,  or ( 704) 636-6517

Read the latest Hood's Herald - now available online.

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New SGA Officers Elected

Congratulations to the newly elected Student Government Association (SGA) officers for 2017-18. Installation was held on May 19th during the Honors Award and Closing Convocation.

President: Antoinette Joiner                 
Vice President: Johnny Sellers                 
Secretary: Aaron Duncan 
Treasurer: Patrick Jones 
At-large representative / Track II: Rona Watson
Alabama Representatives: TBA
  Alumni News
A number of HTS alums (above) attending the NC Preaching Festival in April gathered for a photo. Front row: (left to right)  Betty Brown, Angel Christ, Jimmie Surratt, Jeanette Hayes. Back row:  Matt Seals, Suzanne Cobb, Juston Smith, Louise Learson.

Tangela Cameron, MDiv '16, has accepted a Chaplain Residency at Carolinas HealthCare System Northeast in Concord, NC, beginning in August.

Sheila Sholes-Ross is one of fifteen contributors in the book  Intercultural Ministry - Hope for a Changing World. Her chapter is titled  Beyond Resurrection Sunday. Rev. Sholes-Ross is in her fourth year as full-time pastor (first female, and first African-American) of First Baptist Church in Pittsfield, MA. She is also co-chair of a national ecumenical and racially diverse group called Equity for Women in the Church, Inc.

Tammi Bennett Colston graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary with a Doctorate in Ministry on May 8th.
Rev. Dr. Timothy L. Freeman, MDiv ’08, DMin ’14, has been appointed for the 4th consecutive year to the historic Trinity A.M.E. Zion Church in Washington, DC; a church that is intentional about making an impact in the Columbia Heights area of NW Washington, DC. Through the leadership of Dr. Freeman, Trinity A.M.E. Zion has embraced the theme, “Equipping Minds, Empowering People, and Embracing Worship.”

Three HTS alumni were presented for ordination as elders on June 5, 2017 at the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church Annual Conference in Greenville, SC. Pictured here with Dr. Vergel Lattimore, they are Rev. Ernest Frierson,’15, Rev. Cheryl Johnson, MDiv ’15, and Rev. Lawrence Cantey, Jr., ’15.

Alumni Association News

Hood Theological Seminary National Alumni Association (HTSNAA) for the 2017-2019 term were installed during the Honors Awards and Closing Convocation. Congratulations to Rev. Dr. Lamont F. Foster, President; Rev. Dr. David A. McLean, Vice-President, Rev. Carolyn D. Bratton, Secretary, Rev. Tamica L. Robinson, Assistant Secretary, Rev. Dr. Kay Hines, Treasurer, Rev. James L. Dunbar, Chaplain, and  Rev. Dr. William L. Jordan, III, ParliamentarianRead more about the National Alumni Association here.

Faculty and Staff News
Dr. Don Haynes ’ new book, Reading the Bible Again and Seeing It for the First Time, was well received at his HTS book signing in April. He is giving $5 to Hood for every copy bought by our alums. If you would like a book, you can order one from him at P. O Box 5470, Asheboro, NC or .  Soft cover for the 722 page “companion to the Bible” is $25; hard copies are $35. A copy is being sent to the HTS library if you would like to browse it first! Dr. Haynes is Adjunct Professor of United Methodist Studies.

Dr. Reginald Boyd, Director of Recruitment and Admissions, was a guest on the Free To Be Me Radio Show on WIDU Radio in Fayetteville, NC on June 1st. During the hour-long program with host Rev. Felicia R. Thompson, Dr. Boyd had an opportunity to discuss his ministry journey as well as his work at HTS and the programs and quality theological education offered at Hood Theological Seminary.

Dr. Vergel Lattimore offered the Invocation for the 2017 Graduation of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College on May 12th at Cabarrus Arena and Events Center. He participated (along with Dr. Ken Walden) in the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) Peer Practices Project, in Pittsburgh, PA April 19-21. He also attended the Retirement Celebration for Dr. Daniel Aleshire for his 27 years of service to ATS.

On April 27, Dr. Lattimore was the keynote speaker for the Annual Meeting of the N.C. Chaplain's Association, Blowing Rock Conference Center, Blowing Rock, NC; he addressed the theme: Cultural Sensitivity in Conflicted Society.

Dr. Lattimore preached "A Strange Question from a Loving God" at Pastor's Appreciation Sunday, Greenville Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, Charlotte, NC on May 21. On May 25, he preached "20/20 Love" at Education Night, West Central N.C. Annual Conference of the A.M.E. Zion Church, Greensboro, NC. He attended the Western N.C. Annual Conference in Greensboro, NC, May 30 – June 4.

On June 13, Dr. Lattimore will greet the Presbyterians in America Conference in Greensboro, NC. He will participate in a meeting (with John Everett and Dean Trevor Eppehimer) sponsored by InTrust with the six Historically Black Theological Seminaries (HBTS) at Proctor School of Theology, Richmond, VA on June 21. Also at Proctor, he will participate (with Dr. Sharon Grant) in the HBTS Writing Project on June 22-23.

Dr. Lattimore will preach at First United Methodist Church, Salisbury, NC, on June 25.

Rev. Dr. Ken Walden preached at St. Paul AME Church in Lenoir, NC on Sunday, March 26th. Dr. Walden also accepted a nomination to become a member of the Civitan International Club of Salisbury, NC. The Civitan International is an organization of volunteer service clubs around the world, dedicated to helping people in their own communities.

On May 7, Dr. Walden gave a lecture about the importance of diversity in relation to his book "Practical Theology for Church Diversity" on May 7th at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC.

Dr. Trevor Eppehimer  has been leading a study of Fleming Rutledge's The Crucifixion  (Eerdmans, 2015) with local Salisbury clergy during the spring 2017 semester. During the month of May he led four adult education sessions at First Presbyterian Church (Salisbury, NC) on Jonah. The ten instructional videos he created for his spring 2017 hybrid course ("Big Questions") can be viewed on YouTube (search "Trevor Eppehimer").
Rev. N. Fred Jordan  has organized and led mission teams to areas of Lumberton, NC, damaged by hurricane Matthew flood waters. Work included cleaning out black mold from homes and rebuilding portions of the Robeson Church and Community Center.
Dr. Dora R. Mbuwayesango  was on a panel on matters of race on March 15 and facilitated discussion on "Race in Scripture" on March 29 as part of the Lenten program at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Salisbury. She also developed and facilitated a series of Contextual Bible Studies at the conference of the Bishops against Gun Violence on the theme, "The Unholy Trinity: Racism, Poverty and Gun Violence," April 20-22, Luther School of Theology at Chicago. As a member of the Women for Community Justice (WCJ), she was one of the organizers of Stop the Violence Summits that took place March – June at various Salisbury locations including Livingstone College and Hood Seminary.
Dr. Sharon Grant  was invited to participate in the Lenten Supper Series at First United Church of Christ, in Salisbury, NC on April 2.  The theme was "Answering the Call" and she presented on THE ACTS OF PAUL AND THECLA, a non-canonical book written for early Christian communities. The Reverend Carol Hallman is pastor. Additionally, on April 14, Dr. Grant preached the 7th Word at the Community Lenten Service in Lenoir, NC, at St. Paul AME Church; The Reverend Dr. Byron Grayson, Pastor.


Minority Business Council meeting, sponsored by the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce, featuring attorney Rocky Cabagnot, who will provide an overview of legal issues for entrepreneurial, small and mid-sized businesses. Tuesday, June 20, 9 a.m. in the Gateway Bldg. at 204 E. Innes St. This group formed about a year ago with the goal of helping minority businesses grow and prosper in our community. Cabagnot is a legal educator and attorney licensed to practice in both North Carolina and Florida (inactive). He is the new Executive Director of the Salisbury-Rowan Community Action Agency, a federally funded community-based nonprofit, 

COGIC (Church of God in Christ) Scholars Fellowship Academic Forum - Auxiliaries in Ministry (AIM) 2017 - Hynes Convention Center, Charlotte, NC July 4 - 6. 

Director of Contemporary Worship and Arts at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Charlotte.

Senior Pastor, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Houston, Texas.

The Hood community joins together in prayer for and offers sincere condolences to the families and friends of:

Loritha Woodbury-Lutz, sister of Cynthia Pharr, HTS Security officer
April 30, 2017, Winston-Salem, NC.

Dr. Robert Curran, father-in-law of Dr. Trevor Eppehimer
May 2, 2017, Seekonk