CRCDS: Prayers for Charleston

We mourn those who lost their lives in last week's terrible tragedy at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and especially hold up in prayer two CRCDS family members: Rev. Waltrina Middleton and Rev. Norvel Goff.

Rev. Middleton is a current Doctor of Ministry student who lost her cousin, Depayne Middleton Doctor, in the killings. Rev. Norvel Goff (CRCDS '07), former president of the Rochester chapter of the NAACP, accepted the prodigious challenge of heading the Emanuel AME congregation until a new pastor is found. We hold them both close in prayer as they make their way through their separate challenges in the weeks and months to come.

When trying to make sense of senseless acts, people turn to each other, to the news, and to the written word in order to feel connected and to find some measure of peace and healing. To that end, we share with you some of the pieces recently published or shared by our faith leaders, including Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, Rev. Richard "Dick" Myers and the African American Presidents and Deans of Theological Schools, as well as news coverage relating to Rev. Middleton and Rev. Goff.

Dr. Marvin A. McMickle's reaction to the Charleston, SC killings:

Rev. Myers piece in the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle:

Article regarding Rev. Goff assuming leadership of Emanuel AME:

Rev. Goff's resolve: "No demon, no evildoer can close the church":

Letter from African American Presidents and Deans:

Rev. Waltrina Middleton: "The Attack on Charleston is an Attack on All of us":





Dr. Marvin A. McMickle speaks in Dallas, TX and Overland Park, KS on Separation of Church and State

Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, was the keynote speaker for the 25th annual Religious Liberty Council luncheon in Dallas, Texas on Friday, June 19, 2015. Dr. McMickle explained the reasons behind the lack of vocal support for separation between church and state by African Americans. His speech, which he will present at the American Baptist Biennial in Overland Park, KS this week, is included here, as well as a news account of Dr. McMickle's keynote speech in Dallas.





CRCDS Life Trustee Calvin S. Garber passes away

The Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School community is saddened to learn of the recent passing our beloved friend and Life Trustee, Calvin S. Garber. Cal's wisdom, energy and insight helped guide CRCDS over many years and his enthusiastic and dedicated support served as an example to all of us who love CRCDS and believe in its mission. Please join us in prayer as we offer thanks for the gift of Cal's life. A memorial service will be held on June 13, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs Street, Rochester NY. Please click here to view Cal’s obituary:

Donations in Cal’s memory may be made to Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Third Presbyterian Church, United Way, or Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Judson Press Awards Ministry Award to Dr. Marvin A. McMickle

Dr. Marvin A. McMickle recently received the Judson Press Ministry Award for his commitment to excellence in ministry publishing. His work was recognized as advancing the Baptist heritage and faith perspective and providing voice to Christian audiences. Dr. McMickle was also credited as an author who provides substantive resources on preaching, ministry and African-American history. The award was presented to Dr. McMickle at the May meeting of the Board of Trustees by CRCDS Trustee Rev. Dr. Aidsand Wright-Wiggins, who serves as Executive Director, American Baptist Home Mission Societies, American Baptist Churches USA.

Dr. McMickle is the author of over a dozen books, which may be purchased in the CRCDS bookstore. For more information, call (585) 340-9601 or email


Congratulations, Dr. McMickle!