The Rev. Dr. Harold A. Carter, Sr., Crozer Alumnus and Civil Rights Veteran, Dies

calvarycarter4The Rev. Dr. Harold A. Carter, Sr., died on Thursday, May 30, 2013, at 76 years old.

Dr. Carter served as Senior Pastor of the New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland, and was widely known as an influential pastor, preacher, evangelist, theologian and civil rights advocate. He was a veteran member of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc., (PNBC) and will be sorely missed by its members.

A native of Selma, Alabama, Dr. Carter planned to pursue a legal career, graduating with a law degree from Alabama State College. However, he soon received his calling to Christ and enrolled in 1956 to Crozer Theological Seminary, then located in Chester, Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1959. Dr. Carter returned to the Crozer tradition of seminary education to pursue a Doctorate of Ministry from 1974-76, when it had joined Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York.

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Alumni/ae Updates for May 2013

The Rev. Dr. James Alexander Forbes, Jr. (D.Min., 1975)

Awarded Honorary Degree by University of Rochester

800px-Rev_James_A_Forbes_speaking_2006Dr. Forbes will be honored at the 2013 Commencement Ceremonies at the University of Rochester with the award of an honorary doctor of divinity degree. The ceremonies will be held on May 17, 18 and 19.

Dr. Forbes is the Harry Emerson Fosdick Distinguished Professor of Union Theological Seminary, as well as the President of the Health of the Nations Foundation. He is the Senior Minister Emeritus of the Riverside Church, which is interdenominational, being both American Baptist and United Church of Christ. Dr. Forbes was the first African American minister of the congregation, located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

He retired in 2007 after 18 years of service.

The Rev. Dr. Glenda Prins (M.Div. 1983; D.Min. 1999)

Publishes New Book on Parenting Children with Disabilities

G-PRINSDr. Prins, an ordained United Church of Christ pastor, recently published Lessons from Katherine (Feb., 2013, Circle Books, an Imprint of John Hunt Publishing). The book recounts her experience of raising a child with severe disabilities. About the publication, Dr. Prins wrote, "Lessons from Katherine is a spiritual memoir about loving and parenting our disabled child amidst grief, financial difficulty and marital discord. It's the struggle of every young marriage and family: to hold on, to form a family, to carve out a place in the world–but amplified."

You can order the book online here.

Barbara Zelter, MSW, MA (M.A., 2011)

Connecting Social Work with Theology, Arrested in North Carolina Protests

B-ZELTERZelter was one of 17 people who were arrested on April 29, 2013, while protesting at the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh. The protest was organized by the Rev. William Barber, who is head of the North Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Rev. Barber initiated the act of civil disobedience in response to policies that he believes will hinder the civil and economic rights of ethnic minorities and those below poverty line. The protest activities continued into the following week with more arrests made.

Zelter is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at North Carolina State University.

See the local news coverage of the arrest here.

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.

Photos & Video: The 2013 Distinguished Alumni/ae Dinner

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



Senior Sermon Provides Moment of Silence for Boston Marathon Tragedy

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.

callid.keefe-perryThe 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.