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!



Rev. Dr. Britt A. Starghill (CRCDS '09) passes away at age 46

The CRCDS community is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of beloved pastor and CRCDS alumnus, Rev. Dr. Britt A. Starghill. Dr. Starghill was a man of great energy, intellect and integrity. His exemplary ministry, particularly his advocacy work on behalf of those African American males suffering from depression, sought to support the dignity of each person, teaching them to recognize how God was active in their lives.

Dr. Starghill's family will celebrate his life and ministry on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the Kaighn Avenue Baptist Church in Camden, New Jersey, where he was Senior Pastor. The family asks that donations be made to the Rev. Dr. Britt A. Starghill Memorial Scholarship Fund at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.  To make a gift, please click here:

"Something to Remember on Memorial Day" by Dr. Marvin A. McMickle


This coming weekend, Americans will celebrate Memorial Day. For many, this holiday signals the beginning of summer and will include family cook-outs, get-togethers with friends, shopping and fun. For too many others, it is a somber reminder of treasured lives lost in war.

Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, in his newest Democrat and Chronicle Unite Rochester blog post, urges us to remember those African Americans who were often denied freedoms but made sacrifices, including their lives, so that we could remain free.

Read, share, and comment on Dr. McMickle's post here: