Rev. Dr. James L. Cherry, Sr. retiring after serving 34 years as Pastor of Aenon Baptist Church

Long-time CRCDS supporter and friend, pastor and community activist Rev. Dr. James L. Cherry Jr. recently announced his retirement from Aenon Baptist Church located at 175 Genesee Street, Rochester, New York. A celebration for Dr. Cherry and his wife, Mrs. Eunice Cherry, will be held at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on October 10, 2014. Information about the event and tickets may be purchased here: http://www.aenonbaptistchurch.org/

Dr. Cherry, a Pennsylvania native, has been a minster for 54 years and a tireless advocate for his community. He was installed as pastor at Aenon Baptist Church on July 6, 1981.  A partial list of Dr. Cherry's accomplishments during his service include:

  • Paying off the first mortgage of the church, located at 175 Genesee Street
  • Establishing the Aenon Christian Education Department
  • Instituting the Children's Church, Youth Church Ministry and Performing Arts Ministry
  • Implementing the Male Chorus and the Psalms of Praise Choir Ministries
  • Developing an Evangelism Ministry
  • Launching the church's website
  • Strong community activism and support of groups, causes and events, including involvement with Urban League, Habitat for Humanity, Crop Walk, Scouting, Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Community Health Awareness Food Kitchen, Monroe County Women's Health Partnership Program and United Way.  In addition, Dr. Cherry has championed several community initiatives allowing individuals coping with addiction, poverty, prejudice and homelessness to find a way to overcome these obstacles and who have since become role models and mentors for others, especially youth.

The CRCDS community is proud and grateful to have the support and friendship of Dr. and Mrs. Cherry, and wishes them many happy and healthy years ahead.

 

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.

Associate Campus Minister: Le Moyne College (Syracuse, NY)

Le Moyne College seeks to hire an energetic, associate campus minister to assume responsibility for their retreat program starting in the fall of 2014.  The ministry team shares responsibilities for liturgy, sacramental preparation, RCIA, retreats, service programs, service/immersion trips, social justice promotion, Christian Life Communities, and pastoral counseling.  A bachelor's degree is required and a master's degree in theology, divinity, pastoral ministry, or related field preferred.

A full position description may be downloaded at this link

Application deadline is July 25, 2014.  For more information, please contact:  Le Moyne Campus Ministry 315-445-4110 or campusministry@lemoyne.edu.

 

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