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Garrett-Evangelical Doctoral Alumnus to be Inaugurated as Seminary President

September 15, 2014

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary doctoral alumnus, Dr. Vergel Lattimore (G-ETS 1984), was named President-Elect of Hood Theological Seminary effective July 1, 2013. Dr. Lattimore will be inaugurated as the second President of the Seminary on October 2, 2014. Located in Salisbury, NC, Hood Theological Seminary is sponsored by the AME Zion Church and was founded in 2001.

Prior to being elected President, Lattimore served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Hood, the first person to serve as a Vice President at the Seminary. For the past year, he has served in the position of President-Elect, while Hood Theological Seminary President Dr. Albert Aymer took a one year sabbatical.

Lattimore, an ordained Elder in the AME Zion Church, is Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Methodist Theological School in Ohio and was Director of their M.A. in Counseling Ministries from 1990-2012. He has participated in the Hartford Seminary Leadership Education Program for Seminary and Ecumenical Executives sponsored by the Lilly Endowment and was the Richard A. Goodling Memorial Lecturer at Duke Divinity School in 1993.

Lattimore received a B.A. from Livingstone College, an M.Div. from Duke University Divinity School and holds a Ph.D. in Pastoral Psychology and Counseling from the Garrett-Evangelical and Northwestern University joint Ph.D. program. He graduated from the Air War College at Air University in Alabama in 1998 and served in the Air National Guard as Assistant to the Chief of Chaplains, U.S. Air Force, Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, DC from 2003 to 2005. Lattimore was the first African American chaplain to attain the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Air Force and the Air National Guard.

A well-published author, Lattimore has written articles on community mental health services, pastoral counseling and cultural values, and addiction ministry and social change. He is a published poet and served as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Ministry in Addiction & Recovery from 1996 to 2004.

Lattimore’s inauguration will take place October 2, 2014 at 2 pm, at Wallace Plaza in the Aymer Center. Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Care, Counseling, and Theology Jim Poling will attend the ceremony on behalf of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.