News & Events

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


2017 Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies Graduates and Faculty

2017 Doctor of Ministry Graduates and Faculty


Congratulations to this year's Bishop Hood Award winners:
The Margaret C. Woodson Foundation and Dr. Trevor Williams.

Paul and Beth Woodson accepted the award on behalf of the
Woodson Foundation.

Bishop Michael A. Frencher, Sr. and President Vergel Lattimore presented the award to
Dr. Trevor Williams accompanied by his wife, Dr. Gail Hounshell.


Hood Theological Seminary invites applications for the full-time Library Assistant/Writing Specialist position at Hood Library, which also includes the Margaret H. Kluttz Writing & Resource Center.

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South Carolina UMC Annual Conference Lunch & Fellowship
Monday, June 5th at 12 noon
S & S Cafeteria (5 Minutes from the TD Convention Center)
1037 Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville, SC 29607
Hood UMC Alumni, Students and Prospective Students are invited
Please RSVP by Friday, June 2nd

Greensboro Alumni Chapter Cook-out
Thursday, June 15th, 5:30-7:00 pm
at the home of Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, '98
Please RSVP by Wednesday, June 14th

RSVP to Carmen W. Harper at


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January 8 - 15, 2018
HTS J-term Immersion Course abroad

This Seminary class is held on the campus of United Theological College of West Indies (UTCWI). Convened by Dr. Sharon Grant, HTS faculty, with Dr. Glenroy Lalor, Director of Graduate Studies (UTCWI)

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HOODlines - April 2017

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Congratulations to Dr. Michael J. Gehring whose new book, The Oxbridge Evangelist: Motivations, Practices, and Legacy of C. S. Lewis, was just 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.


We the undersigned faculty, administrators, and staff of Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, NC, are deeply grieved by the recent presidential campaign and the hostile climate that has emerged as a result. The 2016 campaign rhetoric promoted and emboldened negative and dangerous ideologies such as racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and homophobia, and vile practices such as the bullying and demeaning of groups and individuals. As persons who seek to bear faithful witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and who see value and dignity in all persons, each of whom is part of the image of God, we raise our voices in protest against such ideologies and practices.

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EduWorship Focused on Children

October is the month designated to raise awareness of breast cancer, domestic violence, and children. On October 25, an Eduworship experience was held in the Aymer Center with a focus on the three areas, but emphasizing children. Mrs. Melissa Shue, Education Specialist for Prevent Child Abuse Rowan, and Rev. Dr. Clifford Barnett, pastor of Warner Temple A.M.E. Zion Church and representative for the First 2000 Days program were presenters.

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Children's Summit

A “Joining Hands to Lift Children” Summit was held on October 15 at the Epworth Children's Home in Columbia SC. The sponsoring partnership included Hood Theological Seminary, The Balm in Gilead, the Pan-Methodist Commission's Campaign for Children in Poverty, Big Changes Start Small, and Baptist Churches in the Carolinas.

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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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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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Dr. Sharon Grant accepted an invitation to become a member of the Editorial Board of the Methodist History Journal.

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Dr. Sharon Grant Appointed to World Methodist Council

Dr. Sharon Grant, Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity, attended the 21st World Methodist Conference (WMC) in Houston, Texas, last month as a delegate from the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. Dr. Grant will serve on the Committee of Theological Education of the World Methodist Council as an AME delegate for the 2016 -2021 quinquennium.

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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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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!

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.