ATS Autumn 2014 visit to CRCDS a success

The visitation team from the Association for Theological Schools (ATS) visited Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School from September 28 through October 1 as part of the school's regular accreditation process. The visitation team met with a wide range of CRCDS constituents including staff, faculty, students, alumni/ae, trustees and supervised ministry leaders, engaging them in discussions about the school, its operations and its ability to successfully realize its mission. The school is pleased to report that the visit was very positive with the ATS team commending the school on its preparation for the visit as well as its overall operations.

In a message to staff and faculty at the conclusion of the ATS visit, President McMickle stated, "Our accreditation visit is now complete. While we will not receive any official announcement from the Association of Theological Schools until their Board of Commissioners meet in February 2015, we have every reason to anticipate a very favorable report. The visiting team was first-class, and everyone here at CRCDS seems assured that we provided them with everything they will need to extend our accreditation for years to come. Hallelujah!"

The site visit is the culmination of a multi-year self-study by CRCDS that provides the school the opportunity to reflect on its educational mission and how it realizes its ongoing commitment to ATS accreditation standards. The school will receive the official accreditation report by March, 2015 after the conclusion of the ATS Board of Governors meeting.

Part-time Youth & Children's Ministries Coordinator: First Baptist Church (Ithaca, NY)

First Baptist Church of Ithaca is seeking a part-time Youth and Children’s Ministries Coordinator. Responsibilities include coordination of Christian education opportunities for children and youth, including the Sunday School program, in collaboration with the Pastor and Children’s Education Ministry Team. This 10-month position is 15 hours per week to include Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from September to June. Starting salary: $975 per month.

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to First Baptist Church, PO Box 254, Ithaca, New York 14851 or via email to fbithaca@gmail.com.

CRCDS Alumnus to be ordained

We are proud to announce the ordination of Arthur "Nick" W. Smith, CRCDS '13. Nick will be ordained by The Right Reverend Gladstone B. Adams III, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York, on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Trinity Church in Fayatteville, NY.

The CRCDS community congratulates Nick as he begins a new chapter in his spiritual journey.

Opportunities with American Baptist Churches of New York State

The American Baptist Churches of New York State (ABCNYS) invite CRCDS students and alumni to consider ministry opportunities around upstate New York. The ABCNYS Region serves 294 churches in a variety of ministry settings, urban and rural, suburban and small town.  A number of our churches are dually aligned or in a federated or union relationship with varied mainline Protestant or other Baptist denominations. To learn more about our Region, visit www.abc-nys.org.

If you are interested in having your information shared with an ABCNYS search committee, please send a letter of interest along with an up-to-date American Baptist Personnel Services (ABPS) profile and three current professional references knowledgeable of your ministry skills and experience to:  Rev. Jerrod Hugenot, Associate Executive Minister 518/380-4510  or  jhugenot@abc-nys.org.

Mailing address: 115 Hazelhurst Avenue, Albany, NY 12203

If you do not have a current ABPS profile, please contact the American Baptist Region with which your local church membership is affiliated. If you are not currently aligned with ABC/USA, please send a resume detailing skills, experience, and three professional references along with your affiliation and standing with your current denomination.

For more information about ABCNYS search and call support, visit:  http://www.abc-nys.org/who-we-are/regional-enhancement-team/ret-clergy-placement

Retired Bishop Rt. Rev. Jack M. McKelvey named Chairperson of CRCDS Board of Trustees

mckelveyColgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School is pleased to announce the appointment of Rt. Rev. Jack M. McKelvey as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees. McKelvey follows Rev. Stuart A. Mitchell III, who served in that role for three years.

Rev. McKelvey has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 1999 and served as interim President of the school for 18 months following the retirement of Dr. Eugene C. Bay, until the appointment of Dr. Marvin A. McMickle as President in October, 2012.

Rev. McKelvey, a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Rochester, NY was the 7th Bishop of the Diocese of Rochester serving from 2000 until he retired in 2008. A former Episcopal priest in Delaware and New Jersey, he received a Master's of Divinity and honorary doctorate degree from Virginia Theological Seminary.

The Board's new Chairperson is active in the community and volunteers his time and talents to many diverse causes. He has served on the Boards of Episcopal Senior Life Communities, Rochester Red Wings, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Water for South Sudan.

The Episcopal Diocese recently interviewed Bishop McKelvey and recorded his thoughts about the CRCDS' past, it's future, and his new leadership role. The podcast of that interview can be viewed here: http://vimeo.com/98575639