Unite Rochester Visit to *Ministry on the Margins* Class Sparks Conversation

mooreclass1Last Wednesday, Jane Sutter, Editor of Community Partnerships / Niche Content at The Democrat and Chronicle, attended Barbara Moore's class "Ministry on the Margins."

The visit was a research opportunity for a project at the paper she leads, Unite Rochester. Pres. McMickle has worked closely with Ms. Sutter on the feature, which seeks to address ongoing issues of race, identity and injustice here in Rochester.

Learn more about Unite Rochester at their website.

The Rev. Winifred Collin Named Director of Anglican Studies


The Rev. Winifred Collin, new Director of the Anglican Studies Program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

The Rev. Winifred Collin, M.Div., has been named Director of Anglican Studies. She follows the Rev. Dr. William Petersen in the role, for whose service Dean Stephanie L. Sauvé and all of the CRCDS community express deep gratitude.

Rev. Collin graduated in 1988 from Bexley Hall, an Episcopal seminary that was affiliated with CRCDS from 1968 until 1998, when it returned to Columbus, Ohio. She served as a teaching assistant there and as a seminarian assistant at Christ Episcopal Church in Pittsford, New York. Following her ordination in 1988, Rev. Collin returned to Christ Episcopal and served as a rector for 14 years before retiring in July 2012. The parish grew significantly in members and ministry during her time at Christ Church.

Rev. Collin has spent her ordained life in the Diocese of Rochester, serving on both the Commission on Ministry, as Dean of the Monroe District, and on the Diocesan Council. She has forged many key connections between the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester and the CRCDS community by welcoming faculty to join the staff at Christ Episcopal, including former professors Drs. William Herzog and Chris Evans, and current Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies, Dr. Mark Brummitt.

Through her work with newly ordained assistants and with parishioners considering Episcopal ordination, Rev. Collins has a practical understanding of the questions, concerns and challenges associated with the path to ministry. She commands a strong knowledge of the process and will be a great asset to students of the Anglican Studies Program at CRCDS.

Rev. Collin is married to Dwight Collin, who is retired from the law firm Nixon Peabody, LLP. They have two adult children.

New D.Min. Program Announced

TYSONDean Stephanie L. Sauvé and Professor John R. Tyson, Visiting Professor of Church History and Director of United Methodist Studies, are very pleased to announce that a new Wesleyan / Methodist Studies concentration will be added to its Doctorate of Ministry (D.Min.) in Transformative Leadership program. The new course of study is set to launch in January 2014.

"CRCDS has a long history of serving pastors and people form the United Methodist Church tradition. This new program builds upon and continues what we have been doing for a long time," Prof. Tyson explained. "This development has also come to pass in response to a significant amount of interest in Wesleyan / Methodist Studies and inquiries about programs here."

The Wesleyan / Methodist-focused degree will be taught as one-week blocks by Professor Tyson and by nationally-renowned Wesleyan / Methodist Studies guest scholars, including Dick Heitzenrater (Duke University Divinity School) , Elaine Heath (Perkins School of Theology, SMU) , Chris Evans (Boston University School of Theology), John Wigger (University of Missouri ), Jennifer Woodruff Tait (United Theological Seminary) and Tom Albin (Dean of the Upper Room).

D.Min. programs at CRCDS include a two-week schedule of courses taught in January and June of each year. Students come to campus and engage in intensive classroom study and instruction lead by CRCDS faculty. In addition to being a faculty member, Prof. Tyson is also Pastor at the Arcade UMC (Niagara Frontier District). For more information, please contact him at jtyson@crcds.edu.

New Testament Scholar Jin Young Choi Joins World-class Faculty at CRCDS

Jin Young Choi appointed as Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins


Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

Dr. Stephanie L. Sauvé, Vice President for Academic Life and Dean of the Faculty, announces the appointment of Jin Young Choi as Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.

Ms. Choi joins a world-class faculty who offer a relevant, global and energized theological perspective at a time when the church–and theological education–is in great transition.

A native of South Korea, Ms. Choi represents a new generation of New Testament scholarship that is attuned not only to the local church, but also to the life of Christianity internationally. By weaving biblical narrative together with diverse interpretative threads, her work illumines the interplay of economics, gender relations, political and religious power. Ms. Choi's appointment affirms longstanding commitments of the Divinity School while opening new pathways into a prophetic future.

Described as "collegial, dialogic in style and engaging" by Dr. Melanie Duguid-May, John Price Crozer Professor of Theology, Ms. Choi was most recently a fellow in the Program in Theology and Practice at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Funded in part by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, this program is uniquely focused on linking theological academic work with training in the arts of congregational ministry. She is a Ph.D. candidate in New Testament and Early Christianity at Vanderbilt University and her doctoral dissertation is entitled, "Understanding as the Embodiment of Mystery in the Gospel of Mark."

A talented, interdisciplinary scholar with a practical focus, Ms. Choi holds a Master of Theology from Emory University (2005), a Master of Arts from the Graduate School of Ewha Women's University in Seoul, South Korea, (1998) and a Master of Divinity from Presbyterian Theological College and Seminary (1995), also in Seoul. Her article, “Misunderstanding of Jesus’ Disciples in Mark,” is included in Mark: Texts @ Context (Fortress, 2010). Ms. Choi taught foundational courses in New Testament at both Vanderbilt University and Columbia Theological Seminary. She has published a number of Bible study books and lectionary resources for church leaders and lay people in the United States and South Korea.

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School celebrates Ms. Choi's appointment and eagerly awaits her arrival to the Hill.

3-Year Certificate Continuing Education Programs Now Accepting New Students

Applications are now being accepted for the Three-year Certificate Continuing Education programs at CRCDS:

  • The Thurman King School for Black Church Leadership – Learn more>>
  • The School for Christian Leadership – Learn more>>

The Thurman King School of Black Church Leadership and the School for Christian Leadership programs are designed to prepare persons for various kinds of parish ministry, such as deacons and/or locally ordained priests in the Episcopal Church, Commissioned Lay Pastors, Lay Preachers or other designated titles.