Claflin University Trustee Rev. Larry D. McCutcheon, who is pastor of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Orangeburg, will deliver the keynote address at the Annual Claflin University- Gammon Theological Seminary Alumni Fellowship Dinner as part of the S.C. United Methodist Conference in Florence, S.C. on Saturday, June 11.
A 1972 graduate of Claflin, McCutcheon has pastored at churches across the state of South Carolina. He also served as the United Methodist Church's district superintendent for Charleston and was formerly chairman of the Bamberg County Council. He has pastored at Trinity for the past seven years.
The Claflin-Gammon Dinner began shortly following the merger of the state's black and white United Methodist Conferences in 1972. The university's sixth president, the late Hubert V. Manning, noticed other higher education institutions hosted reunion and fellowship dinners during the annual Conference after the merger.
Recognizing many Claflin alumni went on to receive a graduate education at Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia, President Manning appointed former Dean Marian G. Anderson to organize the Claflin-Gammon Dinner in 1973. The Dinner will celebrate its 38th anniversary in 2011.
The event has attracted notable speakers in the past such as Claflin President Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, '65, and former S.C. State Supreme Court Justice Ernest Finney, Jr., '52.
The Dinner is an annual opportunity for alumni from Claflin and Gammon to fellowship.
McCutcheon is also a graduate of Gammon. Prior to joining the Claflin Board of Trustees in 2004, he served on the University's Board of Visitors.
McCutcheon has also chaired the S.C. United Methodist Advocate and S.C. Annual Conference Committee on Health and Welfare Ministries. In addition, he was chair of the Southeastern Jurisdictional District Superintendents Consultation of the UMC in 2002. He also served the Lower Savannah Council of Government and the Orangeburg-Calhoun-Allendale-Bamberg Community Action Agency.
His ministry outreach and humanitarian efforts reach across the state. He coordinated a financial campaign to boost the capabilities of the Orangeburg Wesley Foundation, where he served as director for a decade. McCutcheon developed ministries for all ages in Williamsburg and established a parsonage on the Bamberg Parish and a Cub Scout Unit, Boy Scout Troop and Explorers Council there as well. In Florence, McCutcheon was instrumental in building an outreach center and program. He also helped established the first Hispanic Mission in the Charleston District and the S.C. Annual Conference.
The theme of this year's Dinner is “Claflin-Gammon: Visionaries Who Envision Greatness.” It will take place on June 11 at the Florence Civic Center Exhibit Hall at 5:30 p.m. Tisdale and Rev. Albert D. Mosley, president of Gammon, will also give remarks.
Tickets for the Claflin-Gammon Dinner are available for $20. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Franette O. Boyd, director of special events, by phone at (803) 535-5237 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.