2022 Convocation

Monday, August 15, 2022 
10:45am - 12:00pm, Eastern 
Opening Convocation welcomes the beginning of the new academic year at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. It is a formal academic ceremony that brings together trustees, administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni/ae, and friends. This event will be virtual. 

This year’s event will feature our guest speaker the Rev. Dr. Delesslyn A. Kennebrew. 

Rev. Dr. Delesslyn Audra Kennebrew, J.D., M.Div. is a Visionary Strategist, Faithful Innovator, Inspirational Essayist, and Energizing Preacher. For 15 years, she has worked to give life to the vision and mission of local churches as well as organized and spoken at ministry conferences, retreats, worship services, and other community events. Dr. Kennebrew has a passion for helping churches to discern, discover, and develop what's next. She is founder of The WOVEN Network and co-founder of The Orchid Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit which exists to invest in the lives of girls in Africa by meeting a basic need to promote healthy personal hygiene and cultivate positive self-esteem. She is the founder of The Living Room Christian Fellowship - an online ministry gathering on Facebook Live every Thursday evening and hosted Kids Korner Radio program every Sunday evening for the last ten years. She currently serves as the Regional Minister for Ministry Innovation in the Greater Kansas City Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) where she gives leadership to church planting, congregational transformation, ministry innovation, and church affiliation. Delesslyn has started writing groups, facilitated writing workshops, and has written over 400 blog posts for her blog, Salvation and Stilettos hosted at www.SpiritedConcepts.net. She is also the author of two books: Step Out of the Boat: An Invitation to Walk on Water and The Power to be PERFECT: A Collection of Reflections on Spiritual Perfection. She is a proud graduate of Loyola University New Orleans (B.A. Mass Communications), the University of Arkansas School of Law (J.D.), Emory University - Candler School of Theology (M.Div.), and Columbia Theological School (D.Ed.Min., Doctor of Educational Ministry). Her Ministry Motto is Colossians 3:17 - And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.