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Concentrations Tailored to African American Seminarians

Garrett-Evangelical recognizes the distinctive history and culture of the African American Church and offers students an opportunity to enhance their capacity to engage effectively in ministry within this context. The Master of Divinity program offers ten concentrations including African American Church Leadership and Urban Ministry. The Doctor of Ministry offers a specialization in Strategic Leadership for Black Congregations.

Students in these concentrations will address issues such as how to approach biblical studies, theological reflection, church administration, and evangelism from an African American perspective. The courses are taught by one of the largest cohorts of African American faculty at a United Methodist seminary. The program compliments the faculty with a cadre of highly accomplished AfricanAmerican alums of Garrett-Evangelical.

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Garrett-Evangelical offers a number of courses specific to the African American perspective. Taught by the outstanding CBE faculty, these courses include: 

  1. African American Church Administration & Congregational Life
  2. Introduction to Black Theology
  3. African American Biblical Hermeneutics
  4. African American Church History
  5. Preaching and Worship in the African American Traditions (I & II)

On October 14, 1983, in Stuart Chapel, the Board of Trustees, faculty, administration, staff, students, and alumni of Garrett-Evangelical joined together in commemoration of the naming of The Church and the Black Experience Conference Room, The Maceo D. Pembroke Learning Resource Room. The dedicatory service culminated in unveiling a 22x28 portrait of Rev. Dr. Maceo Pembroke, Sr. designed by Mrs. Spring Williams, and it now hangs permanently in the Pembroke Room.

"Maceo Pembroke was not just a teacher, he was a ‘Teacher's teacher' for he served as a model to be emulated. Maceo Pembroke was capable of producing results in the lives of students, because he cared; he was devoted and he was committed. Dr. Pembroke was personally responsible for guiding the lives of thirty into the Ordained Ministry. He became more than a teacher. He became a counselor, a pastor, a father, and a friend. He was more than a static model; he was a dynamic living epistle."

-Rev. Dr. Myron McCoy, Former President of St. Paul School of Theology, G-ETS C/o 1982

Dr. Maceo D. Pembroke served as an adjunct faculty member at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He became the first National President of Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) and served as the Senior Pastor of St. Mark United Methodist Church from 1961 until his untimely death in July of 1981. Dr. Pembroke received degrees from Huston-Tillotson College, the Unviersity of California-Berkeley, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and Philander Smith College. He was an ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church and has served pastorates in Texas, California, Missouri, Indiana, and Illinois.

For several decades, men and women at the forefront of the struggle for human equality have found strength and sustenance in Dr. Pembroke's leadership. In a time when the Spirit of the Age called for tearing down, the Spirit of God working in Maceo Pembroke called for building up.