News & Events

Stay up-to-date on the latest happenings and upcoming events at the Seminary.

Collections for Victims of Abuse

We are collecting much needed items for the Terrie Hess House and the Women's Shelter/Family Crisis Council throughout the month of October. Here is a list of items needed.

Also during October, all chapel offerings will be given to the Terrie Hess House. Please be generous!

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HBTS Writing Project

Presidents and Deans of the Historically Black Theological Schools (HBTS) met October 21-22 at Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, Ohio, to discuss the HBTS Writing Project, a collaborative effort to document the unique history and formation of the six historically black theological schools in the US (Hood Theological Seminary, Howard University Divinity School, Interdenominational Theological Center, Payne Theological Seminary, Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology, and Shaw University Divinity School).

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Keeping You Informed!

Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 6 p.m. (RSVP by 10/20)
Trinity AME Zion Church, 631 E. Florida Street, Greensboro, NC 27403

Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (RSVP by 11/4)
St. Matthews United Methodist Church, 202 Hope Mills Road, Fayetteville, NC 28304

Please RSVP at 704-314-4720 or


President Lattimore and Dean Eppehimer Attend SSA Conference

Dr. Vergel Lattimore and Dr. Trevor Eppehimer, Academic Dean, attended the Seminary Stewardship Alliance Conference last week in Portland, Oregon. They are pictured here with A.J. Swoboda (center), SSA Executive Director.

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November 3, 2016
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Aymer Center

Sponsored by F.A.C.T (Families and Communities Together) and Hood Theological Seminary Child Advocacy Class. All are welcome! Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, guardians and child advocates, plus child and youth.

Pre-register now!

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Dr. Sharon Grant accepted an invitation to become a member of the Editorial Board of the Methodist History journal, a peer reviewed scholarly journal for Wesleyan and Methodist Studies published quarterly by The General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church. Its level of excellence and breadth of subject matter keeps the information flow and academic exchange about Methodism's rich heritage informed and stimulating.

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October 2016 HOODLines newsletter


Hood Theological Seminary will launch two elective courses in hybrid format in the spring semester, 2017; one in Area III, Systematic Theology, offered by Dr. Trevor Eppehimer and one in Area IV, Pastoral Theology, offered by Dr. André Resner. This new venture in hybrid educational delivery seeks to make theological education more accessible and convenient for our varied student constituencies while maintaining a high level of quality instruction, rigorous scholarship, and formative experiences.

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John C. Everett has joined the Seminary staff as its new Institutional Advancement Officer. In making the announcement, President Lattimore said, “Mr. Everett is a proven leader with a demonstrated track record in major gifts, corporate and foundation giving, planned giving, marketing, relationship management, and financial management.”

In his most recent role, Everett was the Senior Major Gifts Officer for the Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Wake Forest School of Medicine (Winston-Salem, NC).

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Professor Bradley Trick's New Book Published

Abrahamic Descent, Testamentary Adoption, and the Law in Galatians - Differentiating Abraham's Sons, Seed, and Children of Promise
was published by Brill in August. In this volume, Bradley R. Trick, Assistant Professor of New Testament, argues that Hellenistic testamentary adoption provides the key to understanding Abrahamic descent and its implications for the law in Galatians. Read more here.

President Lattimore Elected to the ATS Board

Dr. Vergel Lattimore, President of Hood Theological Seminary, was elected to the Board of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) at its biennial meeting in Pittsburgh last month. He will serve a four year term which may be renewed at the biennial meeting in 2020. Other new board members include Doris Garcia of Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico, and Mark Young of Denver Seminary.

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HTS Mourns the Passing of Board Chairman, Bishop Richard Keith Thompson

With heavy hearts we mourn the passing of Hood’s beloved Board Chairman, Bishop Richard K. Thompson, on Saturday, July 16th.

A Celebration of Life Service was held on Monday, July 25 at Trinity A.M.E. Zion Church in Washington, DC. Please pray for his family, the A.M.E. Zion Church family, and all those whose lives he touched through his ministry.

Born July 7, 1943, in Kannapolis, NC, Thompson earned an A.B. degree from Livingstone College in 1965 and a Master of Divinity degree from Hood Theological Seminary in 1968. He was elected the 86th bishop in the line of succession during the A.M.E. Zion Church’s 44th General Conference in 1992.

Bishop Thompson served with dedication and distinction on the HTS Board of Trustees since its inception in 2001. We will miss his strong, quiet leadership which transformed and inspired those who worked with him to strengthen and support the Seminary.

The family has graciously requested that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hood Theological Seminary for the Bishop Thompson Endowed Scholarship,1810 Lutheran Synod Drive, Salisbury, NC 28144.

Hood Alumni Ordained at WNCCUMC Annual Conference

Congratulations to the Hood alumni who were ordained as Elders in full connection at the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church Annual Conference on June 18, 2016! (left to right) George Craig Allen, Jr.; Earl Franklin Bradshaw; Darren Lee Crotts; James Brevard Brookshire; George Melvin Coates; Ronald Donall Perry; and Sandra Waddell Ireson.

Congratulations to our 2016 Graduates!

Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies graduates pictured with Faculty at Hood's fifteenth commencement on May 21, 2016

Doctor of Ministry graduates with Faculty

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New Doctor of Ministry Specialization Announced

Hood Theological Seminary is pleased to announce a new Doctor of Ministry degree specialization in Leadership Ministry designed to provide educational opportunities for pastors, church staff, missionaries, and church and other non-profit leaders who seek advanced theoretical and theological reflection on the contemporary practices of leadership.“Effective ministry in the church and the world requires the mastery and utilization of specialized skills,” said Dr. Jim R. Wadford, Director of the Doctor of Ministry program. “These skills include competence in the preparation and conduct of leadership; worship and preaching; the ability to communicate effectively in teaching, preaching, and evangelism; productive approaches to mission and outreach; creative relationship to people of all races, ages, gender, and social class; and proficiency in administration, pastoral counseling, and pastoral care. For this reason, theological education at Hood Seminary assists the development and cultivation of those specialized skills for meaningful expression of beliefs with the Christian Church.”

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Commencement Address

Dr. Matthew Sleeth of Blessed Earth delivered a thoughtful, insightful commencement address at Hood's fifteenth graduation on May 21, 2016.

Professor Charlene Sinclair delivered the Closing Convocation address on May 20, 2016

2016 Bishop Hood Awards

Attorney Janet Ward Black and Dr. Henry A. Moses were honored on May 20th at the annual Bishop James Walker Hood Donor Recognition Dinner. Pictured: Janet Ward Black with husband Gerard Davidson (left) and President Lattimore. Regretfully, Dr. Moses was unable to attend the dinner due to prior commitments.

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Fifteen Named Candidates for Doctor of Ministry Degree

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - Fifteen candidates for the Doctor of Ministry Degree were named during the Service of Candidacy last Saturday held in the Aymer Center. The candidates for 2016 are: Charles G. Allen, Joshua Adam Arena-Gilliam, Clay Lamont Barrow, Debbie Ann Bowens-Davis, Eva Smith Davis, Michael Fongemy, Linda G. Higgins, Kay M. Hines, Ronald Lee Ivey, Toni M. Lowe, Steven L. Lyons, Darek Lamar McCullers, Martin Quick, Maxine R. Sumpter and Floyd Winfred Wicker. Rev. Dr. Herb Rhedrick, Adjunct Professor in Pastoral Theology, preached the sermon "Rising to the Challenge."

Harrison, Atlas, and Davis Receive Alumni Awards

Three alumni awards were presented at the Inaugural All Hood Alumni Reunion Symposium and Celebration May 18. The Award for Distinguished Service went to Dr. Grant Harrison, Jr.; the Award for Excellence in Pastoral Ministry went to Rev. Dr. Sidney Davis, Sr. and the Award for Community Leadership and Social Witness went to Rev. Dora Atlas. Pictured left to right - President Vergel Lattimore, Dr. Grant Harrison, Jr., Rev. Dora Atlas, Rev. Dr. Sidney Davis, Sr, Rev. Tony Henderson, President of the HTS Alumni Association and Carmen Wilder, HTS Director of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving. More photos and video coming soon on Facebook!

Career Opportunities at HTS

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Aymer Center Wins Award from City of Salisbury

Hood Seminary's new Dr. Albert J. D. Aymer Center for Spiritual Growth and Ministerial Formation won the award for Best New Construction given by the City of Salisbury Community Appearance Commission on March 3, 2016. The award was accepted by President Vergel Lattimore and Ms. Karen Alexander, architect of the project.