Marvin McMickle

President, Professor of Church Leadership, Director of the Program of Black Church Studies

Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1948, Dr. Marvin A. McMickle is a 1970 graduate of Aurora University in Illinois with a B.A. in Philosophy. His alma mater also awarded him the degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1990. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 1973 and did two additional years of graduate study at Columbia University in New York. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey in 1983. He was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1998. He was also awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters by Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, OH in 2010. In 2012, Dr. McMickle was named a Princeton Theological Seminary Distinguished Alumnus.

He was ordained to the Christian ministry in 1973 at Abyssinian Baptist Church of New York City where he served on the pastoral staff from 1972-1976. He served as the pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church of Montclair, New Jersey from 1976-1986. During those years Dr. McMickle served on the adjunct faculty at Fordham University, Princeton Theological Seminary, New Brunswick Theological Seminary and New York Theological Seminary. He also taught biblical studies courses inside of Ossining Correctional Center (Sing Sing) in Ossining, New York between 1982-1984.

Dr. McMickle served as the Senior Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio from 1987-2011. During that time he led the church in establishing a ministry for people infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. This ministry was the first of its kind in the entire country. The church also offered ministries in the areas of job training, a hunger center, three AA units, a credit union with over $2 million in assets and a tithing program in which the congregation tithes out to the community 10% of its annual income every year. During his service at Antioch 14 men and women were licensed or ordained into Christian ministry.

In May of 2011 he was elected to be the 12th president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, NY.

Before arriving in Rochester he was a member of the Board of Trustees of Cleveland State University in Cleveland, OH. Dr. McMickle was also the Professor of Homiletics at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio from 1996 to 2011. Upon retiring from Ashland Theological Seminary, the faculty named him Professor Emeritus.  He is the author of 14 books. He has also authored dozens of articles that regularly appear in professional journals and magazines. His writings also appear in Feasting on the Word and Preaching God’s Transforming Justice; two recent preaching commentaries He is a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. In the winter semester of 2009 he served as a Visiting Professor of Preaching at Yale University Divinity School.

Dr. McMickle has been married to Peggy Lorraine Noble since 1975 and they have one son, Aaron who resides with his wife in New York City.