An e-newsletter                                                                    March 2017

March 16 – 17, 2017

Creative Paradigms in Ministry:
Compassionate, Contextual, and Constructive

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale, founder and Senior Pastor of the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia.

Saturday, March 18, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Livingstone College
Tubman Theatre Building
701 W. Monroe Street, Salisbury, NC 28144

HTS is partnering with other Salisbury area organizations to convene a Stop the Violence Summit at Livingstone College to address the problem of increasing violence in the Salisbury community.

Participate in collaborative problem solving sessions to determine short-term and long-term solutions. Let your voice be heard to create an action plan to Stop the Violence! Appropriate for ages 13 and up.

To register, contact Ms. Al Heggins at alheggins@humanpraxisinstitute. com.

Free and open to the public.


March 19, 2017
4:00 p.m.

First United Methodist Church
217 S. Church Street, Salisbury, NC

Rev. Kevin Wright, Minister of Education at The Riverside Church in New York, will lead this interactive panel discussion with panelists Dr. Ken Walden, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, and others. Click here for more details.


Bi-weekly Tuesdays in The Aymer Center
Next session: Tuesday, March 21

Students, faculty and staff are welcome to join in on Diversity Talks held bi-weekly Tuesdays, between 1:10-1:50 p.m. during community lunch. 


Friday, March 24, 2017, beginning at 5:00 p.m.
Concluding Saturday, March 25 at 4:00 p.m.
The Aymer Center at Hood Seminary

The class is designed for churches or organizations who seek a deeper understanding of incarceration in the United States, its historic connection to race, and how to begin to build an effective prison ministry within a beloved community to embrace those directly affected by mass incarceration. We encourage groups from various church communities to attend together, so that they can have a shared experience and bring back to their larger community. This retreat is the result of a conversation between Hood Seminary and St. Luke's Episcopal, St. John's Lutheran, and First Presbyterian Churches in Salisbury.

Sponsored by the School for Conversion. Click here for more information and to register. (Scholarships are available; SFC works hard to make all of its events available to anyone who wants to participate.) 


Save the Date!

Greensboro Alumni Gathering
March 30, 2017
6-7:30 pm

Fayetteville Alumni Gathering
April 6, 2017
6-7:30 pm

Please RSVP at 704-314-4970 or



Saturday, April 1, 2017
10:00 am – 1:30 pm

First United Methodist Church
190 East Franklin Street, Gastonia, NC 28052

Dr. Ken Walden, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling and Director of United Methodist Studies, will lead this seminar sponsored by the The General Commission on Religion and Race of the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church. For registration information, please click here.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
The Aymer Center

Come meet Bishop Paul Leeland of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church! All are welcome. Please RSVP by 3/28 to Kay Hines at or 704-636-6962.

Scenes from BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION on February 28th - "An Evening of Music: Celebrating the Role of Education in the History of African Americans."

Thanks to Livingstone College Gospel Choir, Catawba College Gospel Choir, UNCC Voices of Eden and  Soldiers Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church of Salisbury's Signing Choir for enriching our experience.

Thanks also to Dr. Dora Mbuwayesango, Dr. Mary Love and the Community Life Committee for planning a wonderful evening filled with music.
Alumni News

Janet Garner-Mullins, MDiv '15,was elected in February 2017 the Historian for the Black Political Caucus in Charlotte. Also, Janet was awarded the 2016 Volunteer of the Year by the AARP Charlotte Network in December. Rev. Garner-Mullins, shown at right in the photo with HTS alumna Yvonne Tracey, is one of only 26 AARP "Life Reimagined" guides in NC. Read more.

The Reverend Dr. Timothy Moore, DMin '09, is the new academic dean and coordinator at Pfeiffer University’s Charlotte campus. Rev. Moore says, "I am excited about this role, as it keeps me within the UM fold working at one of our UM-related schools while providing me the opportunity to be closer to home and challenge myself professionally."

Hybrid Courses Part of 2017 Spring Semester Offering

Hood Theological Seminary has entered the world of online education with two courses in the 2017 spring semester being offered in a hybrid format. Dean Trevor Eppehimer is offering a course in Systematic Theology entitled "Big Questions," and Professor André Resner is offering a course in Pastoral Theology entitled "Theological Reflection on Preaching." The courses have been popular electives so far according to enrollment data. They will use the learning management system, Canvas, to engage students on a weekly basis with readings, quizzes, discussions, video, and other learning strategies. Students in each class will also meet together on campus four times during the semester. President Lattimore has designated Dr. Resner as the Director of Digital Learning and Kay Hines has been appointed as Coordinator of Learning Management System (LMS) Administration.

Faculty News

Rev. Thomas Grinter, HTS alumnus, AME Zion minister, and current Ph.D. student at Chicago Theological Seminary, returned to HTS as Visiting Instructor in Biblical Ethics for the spring 2017 semester. Rev. Grinter  teaches the Seminary’s required Christian Ethics course and serves as Academic Writing Specialist for the Margaret H. Kluttz Writing Center.

Dr. Trevor Eppehimer  represented the Seminary, along with President Lattimore, at the meeting of the Association of Theological Schools Historically Black Schools Peer Group in Raleigh NC, last October 27 - 28. On October 30 he served as guest preacher at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Salisbury NC. During the spring 2017 semester he is teaching one of the Seminary’s first ever “hybrid courses” (part online, part on-campus), a theology elective entitled “Big Questions.”
Dr. Dora R. Mbuwayesango  is serving as the 2017 President of the Board of Directors of Family Crisis Council—the Rape, Child and Family Abuse Council of Salisbury-Rowan, Inc. She was one of the organizers of the December 3 Love March in Salisbury that drew over 350 participants. She is also involved with the Women for Community Justice, a group that is working together to change unjust policies in Salisbury, beginning with the no-knock policy that resulted in the shooting death of a young man by the Salisbury police. Women for Community Justice is a sponsor of the Stop The Violence Summit on March 18 at Livingstone College.

Rev. Dr. Ken Walden preached at St. Mark United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC, on October 13, for their Men's Day Celebration. He also preached at Brown Chapel AME Church located in Elloree, SC on Sunday, January 15, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend. He also preached at Yadkin United Church in Spencer, NC on Sunday, January 22. Dr. Walden taught a class at First UMC of Salisbury, NC on Sunday, January 29.

Dr. Walden will be a panelist at What's The Difference?, an interactive panel discussion on race at First United Methodist Church in Salisbury, NC, on March 19 at 4 p.m. He will lead a seminar on "Inspiring Conversations on Race" Saturday, April 1st from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm at First United Methodist Church, 90 East Franklin Street, Gastonia, NC.

Dr. Vergel Lattimore read the Old Testament scripture at the Ecumenical Breakfast Celebrating Dr. Jimmy Jenkins' Tenth Anniversary at Livingstone College on November 17. He preached "Character Counts" at Young Adult Missionary Society Sunday at Greenville Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, Charlotte, NC, on November 20. He gave a speech, "God's Timing, Our Gratitude," at the Annual Thanksgiving Breakfast for F & M Bank Employees in November.

Also in November, Dr. Lattimore presented a seminar, "Addressing Grief: Death & Dying," for the Salisbury District of the A.M.E. Zion Church at Moore's Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church. In December, he attended the Second Check-up Meeting of the Piedmont Episcopal District, Camp Dorothy Walls Conference Center, Black Mountain, NC.

Dr. Lattimore attended the meeting of African American Presidents, January 9-10 at Starr King School of the Pacific, Berkeley, CA. Also in January, he attended or participated in a number of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebrations, including giving the keynote speech, " Setting the Stage for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.," at the Dr. M. L. King Jr. Service, Village Church at Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer, NC on January 18.

President Lattimore participated in the Celebration of Life for HTS alumnus Rev. Liston Sellers, Jr. (1967 M. Div.) Greensboro, NC on January 24 and in the ATS Board of Directors Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, on January 30.  
Congratulations to  Dr. Michael J. Gehring on the publication of his new book,  The Oxbridge Evangelist: Motivations, Practices, and Legacy of C. S. Lewis, published by Wipf and Stock (Cascade Books).

Dr. Gehring is Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology at Hood Seminary and Senior Pastor of Broad Street United Methodist Church in Statesville, NC.

Faculty Opening -
Director of United Methodist Studies and Student Recruitment

Please visit our website for details.

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

Rev. Liston Sellers, MDiv '67, January 16, Greensboro, North Carolina

Mr. Andrew Barnes, father of Ms. Jess Bellemer, Director of the Library, January 17, Austin, Texas

HTS is deeply grateful for the gifts we continue to receive in memory of Bishop Richard K. Thompson for the Bishop Thompson Endowed Scholarship Fund. If you would like to make a memorial gift in Bishop Thompson's memory, please be sure to make checks payable to Hood Theological Seminary and include “Thompson Endowed Scholarship" on the memo line.

Job Openings

Residence Hall Director: Hood Theological seminary is seeking a full-time seminary student with excellent relational and social skills to serve as the Residence Hall Director (RHD) for Buildings 400 and 500. The RHD is expected to be mature and should possess excellent organizational and administrative skills. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application (including a summary of experiences and qualifications) and two (2) letters of reference to Dr. Dora Mbuwayesango, Dean of Students (Office # 303, Email: by March 15th, 2017

Director/Campus Minister: The Tuskegee Wesley Foundation is seeking a full time Wesley Foundation director/campus minister. Applicants must have a bachelors's degree. Seminary education and/or ordination highly recommended. Position begins June 2017. For detailed application information, please contact Rev. Lisa Pierce Position announcement closes February 15th. Click on this link for details: 

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