Celebrating Forty-Five Outstanding Black Alums and the Garrett-Evangelical Black Seminarians Two Thousand and Seventeen Graduates
On Wednesday, May 10, alums and friends of The Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE) gathered to commemorate 45 years of the Center’s work at The Generations Gala. Garrett-Evangelical Black Seminarians (G-EBS) from the class of 2017 and 45 Black alums were recognized at the gala. The 45 alums were nominated by their fellow alums, peers, and the administration for their impact on the Church, the academy, and our world. We encourage you to read more about each of them at www.CBE45.com.
With more than 200 in attendance at the gala, Bishop Gregory G. M. Ingram, presiding prelate of the First Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, delivered the keynote address. Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr., 52nd Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of service to the church and his work as founder and CEO of One Church One School Community Partnership Program.
Rev. Dr. Myron McCoy, chairperson of the CBE Endowment Committee, publicly launched the Living Into Our Purpose CBE Endowment Campaign. In the first phase of the endowment campaign, CBE seeks $1 million to permanently endow the center. This will ensure that academic and vocational initiatives focused on the multifaceted nature of Black life remains an essential component of the seminary’s institutional identity and curriculum. It will also preserve the seminary’s legacy and further distinguish CBE as a center dedicated to improving the quality of life for Black people, the Black Church, and all people.
Join us in making certain that future generations benefit from CBE’s work by giving to the Living Into Our Purpose CBE Endowment Campaign. In honor of the 45th anniversary of CBE, alums and friends may consider a small gift of $45 or $450 ($45 semi-annually over five years) or a larger gift of $45,000 ($4,500 semi-annually over five years). Each gift, small or large, will help us continue to support Black seminarians, congregations, and communities.
Keynote Speaker: Bishop Gregory G. M. Ingram
BISHOP GREGORY G. M. INGRAM was appointed presiding prelate of the First Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church on July 4, 2012, during the 49th Quadrennial Session of the denomination’s General Conference, held in Nashville, TN. He presides over seven annual conferences comprising Delaware, New England, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda. Bishop Ingram was elected and consecrated the 118th Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 2000.
Bishop Ingram has distinguished himself throughout African Methodism, in particular, and the religious community, in general, for his expertise on stewardship and tithing. He is a dynamic preacher and lecturer who is sought after to speak at churches, colleges, universities and civic functions. He has authored a number of publications that are heralded throughout African Methodism. Included among them are Equipping the Saints for Service, The African Methodist Episcopal Church Pastor’s Journal and Quarterly Conference Record Book, The Joy of Giving More Than Enough and The S.A.T. Manual on African Methodism: A Study Guide on the Faith, Beliefs, History and Structure of the World’s Oldest Denomination Founded by Blacks, an acclaimed instructional tool for new members that has been updated and expanded.
Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr.
Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr., is the 52ndBishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Elected in 2002 at the General Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, he was appointed to the Presiding Prelate of the Ninth Episcopal District. In 2014, Bishop Williamson was appointed to the First Episcopal District at the General Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Bishop Williamson is the founder and CEO of One Church One School Community Partnership Program. Over 200 One Church One School partnerships across the nation are positively impacting students through tutoring and mentoring programs, parent involvement, homework assistance programs, scholarships, and student empowerment conferences. He is a much sought after public speaker and an advocate for civil and human rights, especially for the needs of children and youth.