The highlight of the 2013 Alumni/ae Reunion Days was the Distinguished Alumni/ae Dinner held on Thursday evening (April 4, 2013), where the Rev. Paul A. Vick (CRDS, ’71) and the Rev. Dr. Charles Walker (awarded posthumously, CRDS, ’70) were honored.
The Rev. Paul A. Vick serves as the treasurer of International Ministries (IM) for the American Baptist Church where he also serves on the Board of Directors. Rev. Vick earned an M.Div. degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School (CRDS) in 1971. Upon graduation, Rev. Vick attended the University at Buffalo Law School and subsequently embarked on a successful career as an estate and trust attorney, eventually becoming the Chair of the Family Wealth Planning Practice Group at the Rochester office of Phillips Lytle LLP. He has given his time generously to the church and to many not-for-profit organizations and causes. His ministry has included a program for the hearing impaired as well as an emergency support system for victims of domestic violence. Rev. Vick currently serves on the Board of Trustees of CRCDS.
The Rev. Dr. Charles Walker was a Chicago native who served as Pastor of the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in Philadelphia for over 30 years. He was a nationally-renowned preacher, as well as an internationally-acclaimed pianist. Dr. Walker taught at Southern University before coming to CRDS to pursue an M.Div. He was the recipient of several honorary degrees from leading institutions. He served more than three decades as Chairman, and eventually as Executive Secretary, of the Foreign Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
He was a key leader of the Black Student Caucus at CRDS during the time of the lockout and led the subsequent campaign to establish the Martin Luther King Program in Black Church Studies at the seminary. Dr. Walker passed away on August 21, 2011.
Photos from the 2013 Distinguished Alumni/ae Dinner
The Rev. Paul A. Vick with his family
The Rev. Stuart J. Mitchell, III, Chair of the Board of Trustees, CRCDS
President Marvin A. McMickle with the Rev. Paul A. Vick
President Marvin A. McMickle gives Distinguished Alumnus Award to Bishop Troy Bronner on behalf of the Rev. Dr. Charles Walker.
The Rev. Paul A. Vick addresses the gathering.
Bishop Troy Bronner (M.Div., ’92) addresses the gathering on behalf of the Rev. Dr. Charles Walker, who was given the award posthumously.
The Tower Bells were rung twenty times as many gathered yesterday in the Samuel Colgate Memorial Chapel at 11:20 am to be in silent community in the wake of the recent bombings in Boston.
The gathering was a last-minute addition to third-year M.Div. student Callid Keefe-Perry’s Senior Sermon. Kristina Keefe-Perry, Callid’s wife, also participated in the liturgy. The service followed in the tradition of the Society of Friends, where silence plays a central role in creating a fellowship in spiritual communion with God.
The tragedy had a personal note for Callid; he is a native of Boston and has many friends and family who participate in the marathon each year. He and Kristina will be moving back to the city this summer to continue their education. Callid will be pursuing a doctorate at Boston University.
Many media outlets in the Rochester area covered the event. You can see the video of that coverage at the links below.
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.
This article was originally published on Jan. 10, 2013 in The Smugtown Beacon by George Payne (CRCDS ’06), Peace and Justice Educator at the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence in Rochester, NY.
Until gun violence steals the life of your spouse, child, parent, or best friend there is no way to rationalize such primal suffering, especially in the form of an editorial. Consequently, it is assumed that political and spiritual reforms should not be debated during times of intense grieving. But what if this is the only time when such reform can actually happen? Continue reading →
Commencement, May 19, 2012: Katie Jo Suddaby receives her Mater of Divinity degree diploma from President Marvin A. McMickle.
Katie Jo Suddaby, who graduated last year with a Master of Divinity degree, began serving as the Senior Pastor of Baptist Temple in Brighton, New York, on January 1, 2013.
Regarding her appointment, she wrote,”Baptist Temple is a church with a rich history and an even more exciting future. I feel blessed to lead a community of people so focused, so selfless, and so ready for growth in this next season God has for us. I’m sure there will be many exciting developments to be reporting soon.”