Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School acknowledges and honors the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Gayraud Wilmore. (1921 – 2020). Dr. Wilmore served the CRCDS Community as a Professor of the Black Church Studies program from 1974 to 1983. He passed away on Saturday, April 18th at the age of 98.
As scholar and professor, dean of students, theologian, educator, author, church historian, social ethicist, mentor, preacher and pastor, Dr. Wilmore’s life and work embodied CRCDS’ biblical mandate of peace, justice and service. His ministry spanned decades and carried his work and passion to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Boston University, New York Theological Seminary, Interdenominational Theological Center and United Theological Seminary.
His leadership impacted the Second Presbyterian Church in Westchester, PA as pastor, and the United Presbyterian Commission on Race and Religion as Executive Director. Dr. Wilmore’s commitment to social and economic equalities made room for him as a leader among the throng of Black Preachers in the Civil Rights Movement. While his accolades, achievements and books he authored are numerous, his indelible impact on theological education, ministry, the church, and the world are immeasurable. His work will be honored for generations to follow, and his memory, cherished.
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School extends our prayers and condolences to the family of Dr. Wilmore, our sister institutions who were blessed with his presence, and to all those who knew and loved him.