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Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe to Deliver 2017 Academic Convocation Address

August 23, 2017
Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will welcome Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) of The United Methodist Church (UMC), as its keynote speaker for the 2017 Academic Convocation on September 13, 2017. Committed to advocacy, education and justice, Henry-Crowe will deliver her convocation address, titled “Be On Your Way”, at 4:00 p.m. in the seminary’s Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful. All are welcome to attend.

Henry-Crowe joined GBCS in 2014, where she leads the agency in the work of implementing the Social Principles and other policy statements of the United Methodist General Conference on Christian social concerns. Prior to coming to GBCS as its top executive, Henry-Crowe served for 22 years at Emory University. As Dean of Chapel and Religious Life at Emory, Henry-Crowe conducted a ministry to and with a diverse constituency of 12,000 students and 2,400 faculty members. She focused on interfaith and ecumenical work, mentoring and vocational formation of a new generation for social-justice ministries, and stewardship and fundraising. In 2000, Henry-Crowe was named Chaplain of the Year by the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry. She has been repeatedly recognized for her work and commitment to social justice.

President Lallene J. Rector noted, “We are very excited that Dr. Henry-Crowe is our convocation speaker this fall.  Her work at GBCS is a wonderful embodiment of public theology at work in the church and in the world.  As such, her presence on our campus provides a special opportunity for the community to engage her understanding and practice as a public theologian.”

For 16 years, Henry-Crowe served as a member of the United Methodist Judicial Council, the denomination’s “Supreme Court.” She is the first woman elected president of the Judicial Council, serving in that role from 2008-2012.

Henry-Crowe was ordained an elder and continues to be a member of the South Carolina Annual Conference. In South Carolina, she served in three pastoral appointments, and as Associate Director and then Director of the Conference Council on Ministries.

Recipient of a Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory, Henry-Crowe also holds Doctor of Divinity degrees from Wofford College and LaGrange College. She has served on the Board of Trustees for Claflin University, Columbia College and Santiago College.