CRCDS Student Profile: M. Div. Candidate Rev. Troy Preston

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School M.Div. student Troy Preston, who was recently ordained as an Episcopal deacon at the Church of the Redeemer in Addison, N.Y., credits CRCDS, with helping prepare him for pastoral success. Troy says, "CRCDS provided me with countless opportunities for growth and development. I know that my future ministry will be far better because of all of the saints I have encountered at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School." Preston, a pastoral leader at Christ Episcopal Church in Corning, will serve in the diaconate for approximately six months with an anticipated ordination to the priesthood in October at Christ Episcopal Church in Corning. Troy graduates from CRCDS this coming May with a Master of Divinity degree.

He is entering the ministry following nearly 20 years in human services and hospital administration;10 years in the human resources department at Elcor Health Services in Horseheads, N.Y. and 6 years as Executive Director of Human Resources at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, N.Y.

Asked what wisdom he could offer incoming students, Troy has a succinct message: "Be open and listen. Much like with your parents, it is not until after you leave the safety of the nest that you realize the true depth of the wisdom offered by your professors."











Dr. Melanie Duguid-May to receive honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Manchester University on May 14th


Dr. Melanie Duguid-May, the John Price Crozer Professor of Theology at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Manchester University (IN) on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Dr. Duguid-May, a member of the faculty at CRCDS since 1992, graduated from Manchester University in 1976 with high distinction. She received her Master of Divinity degree in 1979 from Harvard Divinity School and earned two additional degrees from Harvard University, a Master of Arts in 1982 and a Ph.D. in Christian theology in 1986.

She has focused her career on contemporary Christian life and faith, guiding Christians through the often-choppy confluence of faith and 21st-century challenges.  She teaches courses that explore religion, violence and peacemaking, the image and role of women in Christian tradition, Christian faith and LGBT persons, as well as courses in Christian belief and the life and thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Her writings have been published widely in academic, ecclesial, and ecumenical anthologies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and journals. Her books include Jerusalem Testament: Palestinian Christians Speak, 1988-2008 (Eerdmans Publishing, Co., 2010), A Body Knows: A Theopoetics of Death and Resurrection (Continuum Publishing, 1995), and Bonds of Unity: Women, Theology, and the Worldwide Church (Academy Series No. 65, Scholars Press, 1989).

Duguid-May was the first woman ordained to ministry in the Shenandoah District of the Church of the Brethren. She is a member of the prestigious American Theological Society and has been active in the ecumenical movement for many years, including leadership posts in the National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches.

Congratulations, Dr. Duguid-May!


CRCDS Announces engaging new June course: "Theology, Suffering, and Medical Practice"

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School Professor David Y. Kim and Dr. Jessica C. Shand, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Oncology at the University of Rochester Medical School and current CRCDS student, will present a challenging and engaging new course this June, entitled, “Theology, Suffering, and Medical Practice.”

 This interdisciplinary course employs the tools of theology, ethics, social medicine and medical anthropology to promote understanding of the different ways that religious faith and medicine relate to one another.  This course will deepen the knowledge and sensitivity of medical practitioners and students, assisting them in the care of patients and their own professional development. The course will especially focus on the themes of pain and suffering, death and dying, theodicy, healing, spirituality and its cultural manifestations, ethnic perspectives, and ethical questions that bridge between medicine and faith.

Dates and Time:  June 1-3 and 6-7, 8:30 AM to 4:40 PM each day

Cost: $1795 for 3 master's-level credits
Audit Cost: $300 ($150 for alumni/ae and clergy)
Lunch Fee: $50 covers lunch each day class meets

Apply Here

Please contact admissions at or call (585) 340-9500 for more information. Enrollment is limited.






CRCDS student Robert K. Hoggard participated in WXXI's "Connections" radio show April 12th

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School student Robert K. Hoggard participated in a panel discussion with Rochester, NY radio host Evan Dawson on "Connections," WXXI's mid-day show, on April 12, 2016.

The topic for the hour-long show was Democratic Socialism. Robert, a Bernie Sanders supporter, shared insights from a theological and social justice point of view, discussing the tenets of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The spirited panel included Karen Vitale, Rochester City resident and Co-Chair of the Rochester Area Democratic Socialists, Larry Knox, Political/Communications Coordinator for Service Employees International Union Local 1199 and former Brighton Town Supervisor Sandra Frankel.

Listen to a podcast of the program here:

Robert is pursuing a Master's in Kairos Studies at CRCDS and is the Chief Content Officer for HBCU Buzz. Robert is slated to graduate from CRCDS this coming May.