Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Shepastor: Congratulations Are in Order for The Reverend Patricia P. Hernandez and The Rev. Dr. Marvin A. McMickle

The month of May, 2011 has been filled with many victories and praise reports for women in ministry! Today, Shepastor extends congratulations to two gifted, anointed, beautiful and genuine friends of clergywomen, The Reverend Patricia P. Hernandez, newly appointed National Director for American Baptist Women in Ministry and The Reverend Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, Senior Pastor of the historic Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio, scholar and Judson Press author - "President-Elect" of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. We praise God for both of their elevations to positions that will no doubt further bless and open doors for Women in Ministry.

Women Together in Ministry of Greater Cleveland, in partnership with American Baptist Home Mission Societies is also pleased to have both of these distinguished individuals serve as panelists for the upcoming clergywomen's conference, "Empowering and Encouraging Women in Ministry," August 26-27th, 2011; Beachwood, Ohio ( for more information and or to register for the conference, visit

Let us continue in prayer for both Reverends Hernandez and McMickle as they accept the challenge to “serve this present age.”

Read on and be blessed!

(Excerpts taken from the websites of The American Baptist Churches, USA and the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School respectively)

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 5/17/11)—Rev. Patricia P. Hernandez will begin work on Monday, May 23, 2011, as the new national director for American Baptist Women in Ministry (ABWIM). As national director, she will implement the ABWIM strategic priorities that include building mutually beneficial partnerships with ABC entities, developing a team of volunteer coordinators, and working with the ABWIM advisory committee on matters of strategy and support. She will be officially introduced at the ABWIM Biennial Breakfast on June 24, 2011 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

“I am delighted to extend a call to Pat to fill this significant role in ABC life,” said Dr. A. Roy Medley, general secretary of American Baptist Churches USA. “Pat’s spirituality and gifts for leadership and her work among the churches in ABC/Michigan will be a great blessing to the churches as she works to enable all of us to accept the gifts of God for ministry leadership in women.”

Hernandez comes to the position after serving as a consultant for Leadership Development with the American Baptist Churches of Michigan (ABC Michigan) since 2004. Prior to this, she was associate region minister to ABC of Michigan. She served as pastor at Picture Rocks Baptist Church in Picture Rocks, PA, and at Lincoln Baptist Church in Macedon, New York. She has held other ministerial leadership roles positions with other organizations. Hernandez was ordained at the First Baptist Church of Troy, New York. She graduated with her Master of Divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School.

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Board of Trustees Elects New President: Dr. Marvin A. McMickle

Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, a distinguished church leader and theological educator, was elected the 12th President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (CRCDS) by the School’s Board of Trustees on May 17. Dr. McMickle will assume some part-time duties over the summer and will begin his full-time service on January 1, 2012.

Following his election, Dr. McMickle commented: "How could I ever have dreamed that I would be called upon to serve the school that opened its doors to Mordecai Wyatt Johnson and Dr. Howard Thurman in a city that was home to Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass? I am humbled by the honor and mindful of the challenges that await. Nevertheless, I am encouraged by the words of Paul in Philippians 1:6 that say, 'Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.' Pray for me and pray for God's grace to be showered on Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School!”

A Distinguished Church Leader and Theological Educator
Born in Chicago, Dr. McMickle is a 1970 graduate of Aurora University with a B.A. in Philosophy. His alma mater also awarded him the degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1990. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 1973 and did two additional years of graduate study at Columbia University in New York. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey in 1983. He was awarded a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1998.

He was ordained in 1973 at Abyssinian Baptist Church of New York City where he served on the pastoral staff from 1972-1976. He served as Pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church of Montclair, New Jersey from 1976-1986. During those years he served on the adjunct faculty at Princeton, New Brunswick, and New York Theological Seminaries. Dr. McMickle has served as the Senior Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohiosince 1987. He is presently a member of the Board of Trustees of Cleveland State University. Dr. McMickle is the Professor of Homiletics at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio, where he has served on the full-time faculty since 1996. He is the author of 12 books and numerous articles.

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We praise God for the doors He is opening, for the lives that are being rebuilt, renewed, restored and revived and for the opportunity to serve in greater ways!

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Until next Wednesday,
In Faith, Hope and Perseverance,
Pastor Chris

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