I am pleased to announce the appointment and hire of the Rev. Shazetta Thompson-Hill, D.Min. as Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program and the Rev. Jacqueline J. Nelson as Director for Student Support Services & Coordinator for Spiritual Care.
Rev. Shazetta Thompson-Hill, D.Min. is a native of Flint, Michigan. The youngest of five children born to the Reverends Hank and Carmen Thompson, she is married to the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Hill. Together, they are the parents of two sons, Isaac James-Henry Hill (18) and Alexander Wesley-Louis (6). Dr. Thompson-Hill acknowledged the call of God on her life at the age of sixteen. In August 2020, Dr. Thompson-Hill joined the adjunct faculty of CRCDS in Homiletics and in June 2021 was named an Affiliate member of the faculty. In addition, Dr. Thompson- Hill recently accepted the position of Resident Minister at Georgetown University (Washington, DC). She and her husband are also owners of Hill House Media Company. In addition to the BA and MDiv, Dr. Thompson-Hill also holds the Master of Social Work (MSW) and the Master of Education (M.Ed) degrees from Loyola University Chicago and the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree from Perkins School of Theology,
Dr. Thompson-Hill is also a documentary filmmaker and author known for her passion for social justice and activism. Having been active in Ferguson, Baltimore, Prairie View, Flint, Michigan and other places, she brings a fresh perspective to what it means to do ministry as the Body of Christ saying often that the Church is called to “pray AND be present.” Dr. Thompson-Hill’s ministry and preaching style allows her to reach people and congregations of all ages and walks of life. Ever evolving, but well respected among her peers and elders, Rev. Dr. Shazetta Thompson-Hill is indeed a leader among the preachers and activists of her generation.
Rev. Jacqueline J. Nelson is an ordained Baptist minister and proud native of Teaneck, New Jersey. She credits her humble beginnings in ministry to her home church, the Mount Olive Baptist Church of Hackensack, NJ where she was raised and then nurtured as a young minister. She earned a B.A. in Africana Studies from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and both an M.Div. and Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Upon graduation, Rev. Nelson received a Certificate in Black Church Studies, a Certificate in Women, Theology & Gender and the 2016 Bryant M. Kirkland Award for Excellence in Practical Theology. Currently, she is pursuing a doctoral degree in Human Development in the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester.
For the past four years, Jackie served as the Minister for Outreach at Asbury First United Methodist Church here in Rochester, NY, where she provided pastoral leadership to the outreach ministry areas, worked to develop, and sustain partnerships with other churches and organizations, and educate the congregation around injustice and poverty and the necessity of Christian response. As a pastor and scholar, Rev. Jackie’s passions are centered on engaging difficult conversations and fostering safe space to uplift and include the voices and stories of the disenfranchised. Jackie looks forward to the unique ways in which she’ll be able to blend her love for the academy and the church through her new and exciting role as the Director for Student Support Services & Coordinator for Spiritual Care at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. When she’s not studying or working, Jackie enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with loved ones. Rev. Nelson will begin at CRCDS on September .
Dr. Thompson-Hill begins her work immediately and Rev. Nelson will join the CRCDS Community on September 7, 2021.
Please help me and our Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Deborah J. Rogers welcome Dr. Thompson-Hill and Rev. Nelson to the community!
Yours in peace, service, and justice,
Rev. Angela D. Sims, Ph.D.
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