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August 2016 HOODLines

Salisbury Area and Other Upcomng Alumni Meetings


Salisbury Area Alumni Meeting
Thursday, September 1, 2016 6:00—7:30 p.m. in the Aymer Center
Hood Theological Seminary, 1810 Lutheran Synod Drive, Salisbury, NC 28144
Dinner will be served!
Please RSVP by August 26 at 704-314-4720 or

Other Upcoming Alumni Meetings:

Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 6 p.m.
East Stonewall AME Zion Church, 1729 Griers Grove Road, Charlotte, NC 28216

Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Trinity AME Zion Church, 631 E. Florida Street, Greensboro, NC 27403

South Carolina
Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Courtyard by Marriott, 120 Blarney Drive, Columbia, SC 29113

Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
Hood Temple AME Zion Church, 16 W. Clay Street, Richmond, VA 23220

Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
Lomax Hannon Jr. College, 725 S. Conecuh Street, Greenville, AL 36037


College Night Out in Downtown Salisbury!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

6 - 9 p.m.

Join us at the HTS booth for the 3rd annual College Night Out event in the 100 block of West Fisher Street in Salisbury, NC. Other area schools will be represented: Catawba College, Livingstone College, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

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.


Beginning in the spring semester 2017, Hood Theological Seminary (HTS) plans to incorporate a hybrid learning program (blended classroom/online learning courses) into the curriculum through an integrated Learning Management System (LMS). This initiative will follow a comprehensive training process of faculty and orientation for current and new students. The ultimate aim is to enable the Seminary to foster increased accessibility of its high-quality graduate level training and continuing education for pastoral students and religious leaders.

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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

Hood Theological Seminary invites applications for the position of Institutional Advancement Officer. This leadership position offers an excellent opportunity for a development leader and fundraiser to collaborate in a free-standing theological school that prepares leaders for ministry in a diverse society. For a description of the position and how to apply, please click here.


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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.

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