HUMC Brochure - Hampton University

Executive Director
Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ!
And welcome to the first year of the second century
of the Hampton University Ministers’ Conference, and
the 81st year of the Choir Directors’ and Organists’
Guild Workshop. Truly, the Lord has been gracious
and continues to do exceeding abundantly above all
we could ever ask or think according to the power at
work in us! Thank you, Lord Jesus, for your gracious
and merciful abundance. We are wonderfully blessed
by powerfully anointed preaching and efficacious
scholarly teaching. This year’s slate of speakers and
presenters are experienced experts in their field, and
we are pleased to bring them to Hampton University
this year.
Our Centennial Commemoration Conference
was such a beautiful once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Hampton University, conference officers and faithful
attendees were excited to bear witness to this great
move of God in the life of the community of faith
locally, nationally and around the world. What a
jewel! What a joy! What a mighty God we serve!
A heart-felt and enthusiastic welcome to
Reverend Dr. Dwight S. Riddick, Sr. (HUMC) and
Dr. Constance Dorsey (GUILD) who will serve as
Presidents for the next four years; Congratulations!
As Executive Director and Treasurer, I Iook forward
to working with each of you to build a better and
stronger conference in the years to come.
In His Service,
Debra L. Haggins, M. Div., University Chaplain
Executive Director and Treasurer
Hampton University Ministers Conference
Choir Directors’ and Organists’ Guild Workshop
2015 HUMC Conference Officers
Dr. Dwight S. Riddick, Sr................................... Conference President
Rev. Debra L. Haggins........................Executive Director & Treasurer
Dr. Joseph A. Conner, Sr................................................. Vice President
Dr. Cynthia L. Hale..................................................................Secretary
Dr. Harold A. Carter, Jr..........................................Assistant Secretary
Dr. Robert C. Scott.............................................................. Necrologist
Bishop Dennis V. Proctor........................................................Liturgist
Dr. Geoffrey V. Guns................................................................Historian
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Professor Omar J. Dickenson, Director
2015 Choir Guild Officers
Mr. Frank Nelson.......................................Vice President
Dr. Winston Gray...............................................Secretary
Dr. Kathryn Carver........................... Assistant Secretary
Ms. Ann B. McInnis........................................Necrologist
REV. CONSTANCE DORSEY Mr. Ronald A. Witherspoon...............................Treasurer
Mr. Dexteryl Taylor................................... Publicity Chair
College students majoring in music and serving in a
leadership role in church worship, we want you! The 2015
Music Academy is seeking a few good men and
women to participate in the 2015 Church
Music Academy as a part of the Hampton
University Ministers’ Conference Choir
Directors’ and Organists’ Guild Workshop.
The deadline for application submission is:
March 28, 2015. The conference provides
registration, room and board, a music
pack and an Academy stipend.
Ms. Janett Yeager
[email protected]
Dr. Emmett Price
Music Academy Co-Director
[email protected]
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THE REVEREND DR. MAURICE WATSON was born the seventh of eight
children to Ulysses and Juanita Watson on July 21, 1960, in Little Rock, Arkansas. At the young
age of 16, he accepted the call to preach the gospel, and two years later was ordained. His first
pastorate was at St. Mark Baptist Church in Little Rock, where he served for seven years. In
November of 1988, at the age of 28, Dr. Watson accepted the call to pastor the Salem Baptist
Church in Omaha, Nebraska, where he served for 15½ years. Salem’s membership grew from
1,200 to more than 3,500 and the ministry was able to move into a new 42,000-square-foot,
multi-million dollar facility by January 2000. In early 2004, sensing a new call of God on his
life, Dr. Watson accepted the senior pastorate of Beulahland Bible Church in Macon, Georgia, and began his
assignment there in April 2004. God opened the windows of Heaven and began to pour out blessings upon this
ministry. Using Pastor Watson as a vessel, God has been able to touch the hearts of many causing Beulahland
to grow tremendously by adding thousands souls to the ministry. With the primary goal of Changing the World
from Middle Georgia, Watson’s leadership took Beulahland to a second location of worship in Warner Robins,
Georgia beginning February 2005. After 5 ½ months of worship, the church was able to close on 13 acres of
land to build a new worship facility for the Warner Robins area. In early 2004, Dr. Watson’s vision of “Faith
on the Fast Track” didn’t stop there as the church, under his leadership, planned the construction of a second
worship facility on the Macon campus grounds. This new 40,000 square foot edifice was completed in October
2009 and the membership now enjoys a state of the art, 3,000 seat sanctuary complete with custom sound
and audio, new administrative offices, a café and bookstore, a finance room, an intake room and a videotaping
room. In addition to his pastoral calling, Dr. Watson also has a dynamic itinerant preaching ministry that extends
across the continent and globe. He has been described as one of the premier preachers of our generation
and is well-known and sought after for his anointed, sound and understandable proclamation of God’s Word.
In 2002, he served as the morning preacher at the Annual Hampton Ministers’ Association Conference where
he later served as the conference preacher in 2005. Currently, Dr. Watson is the new pastor of Metropolitan
Baptist Church, Washington, DC. He is married and has two beautiful daughters.
THE REVEREND DR. STEVEN A. BLUNT is a native of Baton Rouge,
Louisiana and the son of Rev. and Mrs. Henry and Clarissa P. Blunt of Franklin, Virginia. He is
a graduate of Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School
of Theology of Virginia Union University (Master of Divinity Degree), a graduate of the Union
Presbyterian School of Christian Education of Richmond, Virginia (Masters of Theology Degree
with a concentration in the field of Ethics and Historical Philosophy), and a graduate of Howard
University’s School of Divinity in Washington, D. C. where he attained the Degree of Doctor
of Ministry. Closing in on almost twenty years in the pastorate, Dr. Blunt proudly served as
pastor of the Mt. Ararat Missionary Baptist Church of Windsor, N.C. for six years before accepting the call to
fulfill the pastorate of the historic First Baptist Church Mahan Street of Suffolk, Virginia. Dr. Blunt is President
of the Baptist General Convention of Virginia, a member of Virginia Union University’s Board of Trustees, Vice
President of the Suffolk Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, In 2013 Dr. Blunt was elected as one of the
youngest inductees into the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Board of Preachers of Morehouse College in
Atlanta, GA in affirmation of his advocacy for the academy and the work of social justice. Dr. Blunt is married to
Mrs. Brandey L. Blunt and they are the parents of two daughters, Nakari Brynae and Kori Cheyenne.
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BISHOP MILLICENT HUNTER is the Presiding Bishop of the Worship Center
Worldwide Fellowship of Churches with thriving congregations in the United States and
South Africa. She is the founder and Senior Pastor of The Baptist Worship Center Church
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her congregation has grown from 5 to over 4,000 in 10 years.
Dr. Hunter has an extensive educational background having earned a doctorate in Education
from Nova Southeastern University and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from United Theological
Seminary in Dayton, Ohio where she also serves as a faculty mentor. Dr. Hunter was awarded
the Dr. Gardner C. Taylor Exceptional Preacher Award in 2008. She is active in community and
civic affairs having served as a city commissioner and a member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia
Baptist Association. Bishop Hunter established the Worship Center Bible Institute in South Africa and had
the privilege of serving as a spiritual advisor to members of Parliament including a presidential candidate. Dr.
Hunter is an award-winning author of nine books. Her first book, Don’t Die in the Winter, was made into an
eight-week television mini-series. Bishop Hunter has traveled extensively throughout Africa, India, Europe,
Thailand, Japan, and the Caribbean inspiring congregations with a message of hope. She was featured in
Gospel Today Magazine as one of America’s Top 10 Global Pacesetting Pastors and a Leading Pastor for
World Evangelism. Dr. Hunter’s twice weekly television broadcast is viewed around the world. She is the CEO
of Hunter House Publishing and The Excell Community Development Corporation. She is featured in a pictorial
study of African American Religious Life in the 21st Century at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
She is married to Dr. Marino Hunter and they are the proud parents of two adult children and grandparents of
THE REVEREND DR. JOHN W. KINNEY a native of Wheeling, West
Virginia. He has received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Marshall University, and
Virginia Union University School of Theology. Dr. Kinney has earned a Ph.D. from Columbia
University/Union Theological Seminary in New York. He is a distinguished systematic theologian,
academician and administrator. Under his leadership as Dean of the School of Theology at
Virginia Union, the Doctor of Ministry and Master of Arts Programs were established. Under his
leadership, the Master of Divinity Program experienced unparalleled growth and the Continuing
Education program was expanded. Dr. Kinney also serves as Senior Vice President of Virginia Union University
and Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Beaverdam, VA. Additionally, he has served as Assistant Professor
of Theology-Chicago Theological Seminary; adjunct faculty at Randolph Macon College, Ashland, VA; Union
Theological Seminary, Richmond, VA and the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. Among his
fellowships and awards are the Rockefeller Doctoral Fellowship; Fellow of the Graduate School, Columbia
University; and President’s Fellow, Columbia University. He is currently a consultant to the American Baptist
Convention, the Progressive National Baptist Convention, the Baptist General Convention of Virginia and the
United States Navy and Army Chaplain Corps. He has served as Chair of the Commission on Accrediting for
the Association of Theological Schools. His writings are included in several publications and he is involved is
several research activities. Dr. Kinney is nationally known as a prolific scholar and a “powerful vessel with a
prophetic voice.” He is admired for his inspired guidance, priceless wisdom, creative thinking and empathetic
leadership. Dr. Kinney shares his life, work and ministry with his wife, Quentina McDaniel Kinney. Together, they
are the proud parents of three birth children, four foster children and 19 grandchildren.
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THE REVEREND DR. GENNIFER B. BROOKS holds the Styberg Chair in
Preaching. She is the tenured Ernest and Bernice Styberg Professor of Homiletics and Director
of the Styberg Preaching Institute at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Dr. Brooks is
also the Dean of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) Doctor of Ministry in
Preaching program. She is an ordained elder and full clergy member of the New York Conference
of the United Methodist Church, and has pastored local churches in rural, suburban, urban and
cross-racial settings. She was also Assistant Dean of New Brunswick Theological Seminary.
Prior to going into full-time ordained ministry, Dr. Brooks had a successful career in corporate
America as a designer and development manager of business computer systems. She was also Assistant
Dean of New Brunswick Theological Seminary for four years. Dr. Brooks holds a Bachelor of Business, cum
laude and a Master of Business Administration from Pace University, a Master of Divinity, summa cum laude,
and a Doctor of Ministry from New Brunswick Theological Seminary, and a Master of Philosophy and Doctor of
Philosophy in Liturgical Studies from Drew University. She is the author several books and articles, including
Unexpected Grace: Preaching Good News from Difficult Texts (Pilgrim Press, 2012), Good News Preaching:
Offering the Gospel in Every Sermon (Pilgrim Press, 2009) Praise the Lord, a book of liturgy (CSS. 1996). Dr
Brooks has held many leadership positions in the New York Conference of The United Methodist Church. She
is a respected lecturer, workshop and retreat leader and a trained clergy coach. She is a founding member of
Black Clergywomen of the United Methodist Church and a Hosier member of National Black Methodists for
Church Renewal. Under her leadership, Garrett-Evangelical has just been awarded a $500,000.00 grant by the
Lilly Foundation to improve preaching in the church and the teaching of preaching in the seminary.
THE REVEREND DR. COURTNEY C. JENKINS a visionary pastor and
teacher representing a new generation of leaders, serves as the Senior Pastor and Teacher of
South Euclid United Church of Christ (formerly Euclid Avenue Congregational Church). At the
age of 27, Rev. Jenkins made history when she became the first woman, first African American
and the youngest pastor called to lead this special congregation. Since that day in 2011,
Rev. Jenkins has led the multi-cultural, multi-generational, inner-city congregation to become
the vibrant church that it is today. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Rev. Jenkins holds a
Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary with a concentration in Preaching
and Congregational Ministry. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Spelman College. In the
United Church of Christ denomination, Rev. Jenkins is an ordained minister and serves in several capacities.
Previously, she served as the Designated Pastor of Shaker Heights Community Church, United Church of
Christ and is the first woman to be ordained at the historic Mt. Zion Congregational Church in Cleveland. Rev.
Jenkins is Co-Founder of the Without Walls Ministry, a retreat designed to glorify God and edify women in
ministry. She has served on numerous boards and committees of local and national ecumenical organizations
and has worked intentionally on teaching and training for anti-violence programs for your adults and African
American history as a form of empowering and building community. Rev. Jenkins was the recipient of the 2012
Star Award presented by the Women of Color Foundation to a young professional woman who is making a
difference in Northeastern Ohio. She was selected as the 2015 Alumnae Convocation Speaker at Spelman
College. Rev. Jenkins is married to Rev. Cory C. Jenkins, Senior Pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church. They are
the parents of one son, Caleb.
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THE REVEREND DR. FRANK M. REID, III is an internationally known
leader, innovative thinker and preeminent power speaker. Born in Chicago, IL in 1951, Dr. Reid
is a 5th generation AME minister whose father (1972-89) and grandfather (1940-62) served the
African Methodist Church as Bishops. He was raised in a family that treasured distinguished
educational achievement and excellence. His father and mother surrounded him with books,
read to him daily and continually reminded him that “readers become leaders.” Educationally
equipped in the public school system in St. Louis, MO, Dr. Reid graduated from Central High
School in 1969, attended the Rockefeller Foundations Yale Transitional Year Program in
1970, and graduated from Yale University with a BA in 1974 and Harvard Divinity School, M.Div., in 1978. In
additition, he was a distinguished Samuel Dewitt Proctor Fellow at United Theological Seminary, D.Min.,1990.
In Baltimore, Dr. Reid leads a congregation that is one church in two locations. For 26 years Bethel has led the
way in encouraging, equipping and empowering people to make a difference and change the world. A “thought
leader on issues of culture”; Dr. Reid was a consultant on the 1980’s NBC comedy AMEN. In the 1990’s
the legendary Outreach of Love TV Ministry reached millions on BET, The Armed Services, and The Word
Networks. From 2002-2008 Bethel and Dr. Reid played an important part in the HBO series, “The Wire.” Bethel
and Dr. Reid were mentioned positively and regularly throughout the series; a worship service was filmed at
Bethel of Dr. Reid preaching and The Outreach of Love Choir singing. As an author, Dr. Reid has written two
influential and bestselling books, “The Nehemiah Plan and Restoring the House of God.” He co-authored with
Dr. Jeremiah Wright, “When Black Men Stand Up For God: Reflections on the Million Man March.” Positive,
Prophetic, Powerful, Proactive and Passionate are the words often used to describe Dr. Reid’s global and
radical Christ centered ministry. He has been married to the woman he calls “Lady” Marlaà Reid since March
15, 1980, and they are the proud parents of three gifted children: Shane, FranShon and Faith.
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7. Dormitory check-in time for all who pre-registered is 2:00 p.m. on SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2015.
8. Dormitory check-out time for all participants is 2:00 p.m. on FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2015.
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P.O. Box 6396
Hampton, VA 23668
101st Hampton University
Ministers’ Conference
and the
81st Choir Directors’ &
Organists’ Guild Workshop
June 7-12, 2015
Hampton, Virginia 23668
Online registration will be
available on February 2, 2015.