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1997 Hampton University 83rd Ministers' Conference And
63rd Annual Choir Directors' & Organists' Guild Workshop

Conference Lecturers, Preachers & Worship Leaders

Dr. Samuel Proctor - Senior Statesman
Bishop James A. Johnson - Conference Preacher
Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker - Worship Leader
Dr. John W. Kinney - Theological Educations Facing the New Millennium
Dr. George O. McCalep - Church Growth And Development
Dr. Delores Carpenter - Christian Education in the New Millennium
Dr. Edwin H. Hamilton - Health & Spiritualiy
Rev. Darlene Thomas-McGuire - George A. Crawley Women in the Ministry Hour
Dr. Jerome Barber - Developing Effective Youth Ministries
Dr. Ernestine Reems - Morning Prayer Leader
Rev. Solomon Roberts - Song Leader

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A Senior Statesman - Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor

Dr. Samuel D. Proctor 

Dr. Samuel D. Proctor is Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey and Pastor Emeritus of the Abyssinian Baptist Church of New York City. He is a native of Norfolk, Virginia, and an alumnus of Virginia Union University, Crozer Theological Seminary, and Boston University, where he earned the Doctor of Theology degree in 1950.

Currently, he serves as adjunct professor at the United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio; The School of Theology at both Boston and Virginia Union Universities; Dr. Proctor has served as a member of the governing boards of the United Negro College Fund, Colgate-Rochester-Crozer Theological Seminary of Rochester, New York, Union Theological Seminary of New York, and the Overseers' Visiting Committee of the Divinity School, Harvard University.

He has been awarded the Outstanding Alumnus Award, Boston University; the Distinguished Service Award, State University of New York at Plattsburgh; the Rutgers Medal for Distinguished Service and the honorary doctorate degree by forty-one colleges and universities.

Dr. Proctor is married to Bessie Tate Proctor and the father of four sons.

Dr. Proctor was called from labor to reward the week prior to the conference. Please remember his family in your prayers. His voice, wisdom and experience will be missed on this side of the Jordan.

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Conference Preacher - Bishop James A. Johnson

Bishop James A. Johnson 

Bishop James A. Johnson is the sixth Presiding Bishop for the approximately 500,000 member Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, with more than fourteen hundred churches in North America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. He has served as Presiding Bishop for seven years. He served for six years as the Assistant Presiding Bishop, and for seven years as General Secretary of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. He was elected to the bishopric in 1986, at the age of 43. He has served his denomination as a member of the Board of Directors of the Aenon Bible College; Director of the National Sunday School Association; Chairman of the Board of the Apostolic Light Press; Parliamentarian; and 5ecretary of the Judicial Committee; Member of the Board of Directors and Executive Board. He also serves as Diocesan of the l2th Episcopal District, comprising Eastern Missouri and parts of Southern Illinois. He has pastored the historic Bethesda Temple Church of St. Louis, since 1950.


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Worship Leader - Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker

Dr. Wyatt T. Walker 

Dr. Walker is Senior Pastor of the Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in New York City. He is a double graduate of Virginia Union University (Bachelor of Science and Master of Divinity). He earned a of Doctor of Ministry degree in African Studies with a specialization in music from Colgate-Rochester Divinity School. This Harlem pastor has produced more published works on the music of the African-American Church than any person, living or dead. His three - volume work on prayer and praise hymns, Spirits That Dwell in Deep Woods I, II, and III, is regarded as as pioneer work that has broken new ground in the Black sacred music tradition. A celebrated pastor/theologian, Wyatt Tee Walker was named one of the fifteen greatest African-American preachers in the Ebony magazine poll of 1993.


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Theological Educations Facing the New Millennium - Dr. John W. Kinney

Dr. John Kinney 

Dr. John W. Kinney is a native of Wheeling, West Virginia. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia and Virginia Union University School of Theology in Richmond, Virginia, respectively. He was awarded the Ph.D. in 1979 from Columbia University/Union Theological Seminary in New York.

As Dean of the School of Theology at Virginia Union, Dr. Kinney is known as a giant in theological education. Under his visionary leadership, STVU has given birth to a Doctor of Ministry Program, experienced unparalleled growth in the Master of Divinity Program, and expanded the continuing education program to include national centers which serve over 9,000 lay and professional church leaders.

He serves as pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Beaverdam, Virginia, where his vision and spiritual guidance have resulted in a growing ministry within the church and community. He is married to the former Quentina E. McDaniel, and they have three children.

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Church Growth & Development - Dr. George O. McCalep

Dr. George McCalep 

Dr. McCalep is considered a leading authority in the country on the subjects of Church Growth, Stewardship, Evangelism, Church Economic Empowerment, and Sunday School Growth and Leadership.

Dr. McCalep has earned the following degrees: Bachelor of Science, Alabama AB&127M (Biology Major); Master of Science, University of Kansas; Masters degree in Administration and Supervision, John Carroll University; Ph.D. degree, Ohio State University; Master of Divinity, Morehouse School of Religion. In his lb years at Greenforest Baptist Church, his pastorate has grown from mission status and a membership of 25 to an active membership of over 4,000. Greenforest owns and operates one of the largest accreditcd, independent Christian schools llz the country (Greenforest Christian Academic Center).

Dr. McCalep was featured on the cover of Mission USA Magazine (July-August 1993). Greenforest was most recently featured in The African American Church at Work, edited by Dr. Michael A. Battle, Sr. (Hodale Press,1994). Dr. McCalep has at press several books on the subject of church growth.

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Christian Education In The New Millennium - Dr. Delores Carpenter

Dr. Delores Carpenter 

Rev. Dr. Delores Carpenter is Associate Professor of Religious Education at Howard University School of Divinity She also serves as Pastor of Michigan Park Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Washington, D.C.

She has earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Morgan State University; a Master of Divinity Degree from Howard University School of Divinity; a Master of Arts from Washington University; and a Doctor of Education from Rutgers. Dr. Carpenter is General Editor of the African Heritage Hymnal and has published widely in the area of congregational life and leadership.

She is married to Rev. Dr. Anthony Carpenter, Pastor of Heritage United Church of Christ in Baltimore, Maryland. They have two daughters.

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Health & Spirituality - Dr. Edwin H. Hamilton

Dr. Edwin H. Hamilton 

Dr. Edwin Harvey Hamilton, the youngest son of a Baptist preacher, was born in Fort Myers, Florida.

He received the B.S. Degree (Biology-Chemistry) with honors from Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida and graduated with the M.D. degree from Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Hamilton is the Minister of Health and Welfare at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is actively practicing General Surgery and Medicine.

Presently, Dr. Hamilton is completing his final year of study as a Wyatt Tee Walker Fellow in the Doctor of Ministry Program at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio. The focus of his project is The Health and Welfare Ministry in the African-American Church.

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George A. Crawley Women In The Minstry Hour - Rev. Darlene Thomas-McGuire

Rev. Darlene Thomas-McGuire 

Rev. Darlene Thomas-McGuire graduated Magna Cum Laude from the State University of New York / Albany where she majored in African/Afro-American Studies and Sociology Rev. McGuire attended Union Theological Seminary in pursuit of her Master of Divinity Degree. She has also pursued her Master of Arts degree in Urban Affairs and Black History

She is the founder and minister of the Women s Ministry at the Emmanuel Baptist Church. Under the ministry, she leads the women to discover and nurture the whole woman of God through its Afterglow Ministries, Retreats, Conferences and a weekly Women s Ministry class.

Rev Darlene Thomas-McGuire is married to the Rev. Dr. Major McGuire, III, Senior Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Bronx, New York. She is the mother of four children.

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Developing Effective Youth Ministries - Rev. Jerome Barber

Rev. Jerome Barber 

Rev Jerome A. Barber, a native of Washington, D.C. received his B.A. in Biology from Hampton Institute in 1981 and later entered the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant.

As Assistant Chaplain at Hampton University, Rev. Barber is advisor to the Student Christian Association, conducting Bible studies, counseling students, overseeing the community outreach program, "Project Sonshine," and representing the University in churches in the area. Rev Barber is also the Executive Director of Ark Builders, a community upliftment initiative designed to prepare our youth spiritually, academically, and financially for the next century

He is a science resource teacher in the Newport News Public School system and has won the distinction of being selected teacher of the year in 1993 and in 1996. Most recently, he was elected Pastor of the Sixth Mt. Zion Baptist Temple in Hampton, Virginia.

Rev. Barber is married to Lanet Hall Barber, and they have five children.

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Morning Prayer Leader - Dr. Ernestine Reems

Rev. Ernestine Reems 

Dr. Ernestine Reems is founder and pastor of the Center of Hope Evangelistic Church of Oakland, California. In 1968, the Center of Hope Church started with four members and has grown to over 1,000 members. Dr. Reems is an active leader in Christian Outreach Ministry having established a Prison Ministry, the Hospitality House for the Homeless and Needy, and the Community Outreach Ministry far the Hungry. Dr. Reems will lead the early morning prayer service at 6:00 a.m. These prayer sessions have set the spiritual tone for the conference over the last several years.


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Song Leader - Rev. Solomon Roberts

Rev. Solomon Roberts 

The Reverend Solomon Roberts serves as Pastor of the Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church in Jamaica, New York. Reverend Roberts has served the Conference for many years as a member of the Executive Board. He has faithfully served since being selected as Song Leader for the 70th Annual Hampton University Ministers' Conference Choir Directors' and Organists' Guild Workshop.


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