A Message from Pres. Marvin A. McMickle

Dear Friends.

Spring has finally arrived in Rochester!  All around us, God’s creation is bursting forth with vitality and promise.  What a wonderful time of year!  In a very real way, what God is accomplishing in nature, God is also accomplishing at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (CRCDS).  The school’s future is blossoming with hope and transformation, and new growth is taking root each and every day.  What a wonderful time to be a part of the work of CRCDS! 

In July, we welcome our new President, Dr. Angela Sims.  Her vision for CRCDS will transform the school into a thriving theological education center equipped to meet the leadership needs of the 21st Century.  Dr. Sims’ vision will require new programs, distance learning opportunities, revitalized curricula and enhanced engagement with alumni/ae and the broader community.  Together, these components will enable the school to thrive and grow in the months and years ahead.  Dr. Sims’ leadership and the relocation of the school to its new home at 320 North Goodman Street in Rochester, will allow CRCDS to be responsive to the ever-present and growing need for pastoral, prophetic and learned leaders who serve all God’s people ethically and inclusively.  Although I am retiring from the presidency in just a short time, I am delighted I will be a witness to this continued transformation as a member of the faculty for the coming year.  This is an exciting time at CRCDS and I hope you join me in thanking God for God’s faithfulness and steadfastness along this journey. 

The work of CRCDS requires the collective effort of many.  Students, faculty, staff, Trustees, alumni/ae and friends all play an integral role in bringing forth the transformative servant-leaders produced by the CRCDS education.  Throughout my presidency our alumni/ae and friends have demonstrated again and again their support for CRCDS through their generous annual giving and I am so grateful.  Now, I must ask you once again to consider making a gift to CRCDS at this crucial time.  If possible, I ask you consider increasing the amount of your support from past giving.  It is vitally important to provide a solid foundation for Dr. Sims as she begins her important work of continuing the transformation of CRCDS.  Your generosity fuels the CRCDS vision.  Please help us make this vision possible. 

I hope and pray you will choose to support this year’s Fund for CRCDS by making your gift or pledge today.  The need for the kind of ethical, faith-filled leaders CRCDS puts forth has never been more apparent – locally, nationally and globally.  Together, all of us in the CRCDS family are answering God’s call, and working toward a vision of our world that brings Good News to all God’s people, regardless of wealth, status or power.  Preparing leaders for this task is the mission of CRCDS.  Thank you for helping to make our mission a reality. 

Yours, in Christ,

Rev. Marvin A. McMickle, Ph.D.