Chaplain (Maj. General) Lorraine K. Potter (M.Div. ’71)

Highlights of Chaplain Potter’s career:

  • Served as the first female chaplain in the United States Air Force.
  • Was a member of the special staff of the Chief of Staff.
  • Was promoted in 2001 to Chief of Chaplains with the rank of Major General and held that position until her retirement in 2004.
  • Served at every installation and command level within the Department of Defense – wing, major command, Headquarters U.S. Air Force and Secretary of Defense.

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Rev. Dr. James Forbes (D.Min. ’75)

Highlights of Dr. Forbes’ career:

  • Senior Minister Emeritus of the Riverside Church in New York City, the largest multicultural congregation in the nation
  • Voted one of the “12 Most Effective Preachers” in the English-speaking world from a Baylor University worldwide survey of 341 seminary professors and editors of religious periodicals.
  • Named Forbes one of the US’s greatest Black preachers by Ebony Magazine.

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Rev. Patricia Hernandez (M.Div. CRDS ’87)

Highlights of Rev. Hernandez’s career:

  • Serves as the National Director for Women in Ministry for American Baptist Churches USA.
  • Served in a ministry to migrant farmworkers.
  • Pastored churches in New York and Pennsylvania.

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Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr. (B.D. ’67)

Highlights of Dr. Hicks’ career:

  • One of the original Martin Luther King Fellows at CRCDS.
  • Served as Pastor of the historic Metropolitan Baptist Church in the District of Columbia.
  • Served as Adjunct Professor at United Theological Seminary, Chicago Theological Seminary, Colgate Rochester Divinity School and Howard University School of Divinity
  • Author of several books.

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