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Dr. Reginald Blount to Deliver 2012 Baccalaureate Service Address

Apr 17, 2012
Rev. Dr. Reginald Blount, assistant professor of Formation, Youth and Culture at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, will deliver the 2012 baccalaureate address to the Claflin University Class of 2012 on Friday, May 11.

“The Class of 2012 is truly privileged to receive advice and counsel from Dr. Blount during this touchstone in their lives,” said Dr. Daniel Hembree, chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy.  “As our students embark on becoming visionary leaders in their respective fields of study, they will hear some spiritually uplifting words to start that journey.”

In addition to serving on the faculty at Garrett-Evangelical, Blount is the pastor of Trinity A.M.E. church in Waukegan, Illinois.  He formerly directed Garrett-Evangelical’s Faith Passage, a yearlong spiritual and leadership development program aimed at empowering high school youth.   He also was the dean of the Youth Theological Institute at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.

Blount has spoken nationally and internationally at several conferences and workshops about how to minister with and on behalf of young people.  He contributed to “Making God Real for a Next Generation: Ministry with Millennials Born from 1982 to 1999” and “Scripture Talks: 50 Creative Messages for Youth.”

Blount received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Tuskegee University and a Masters of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.  He completed his Ph.D. from Garrett-Evangelical/Northwestern University joint program in religious and theological studies with a concentration in Christian education and youth ministry.

The Baccalaureate Service will be held at the Tullis Arena in the Jonas T. Kennedy Center on campus starting at 7 p.m.  The public is invited to attend.  If you have any questions about the event, please contact Charlene Slaughter, director of public relations, by phone at (803) 535-5077 or by e-mail at

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