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2013 Granville Hicks Leadership Academy to Explore Churches’ Place in a Changing World

Jan 17, 2013

Clergy and laity from churches across South Carolina and beyond will gather at Claflin University to discuss the church's role in leadership.

The annual Granville Hicks Leadership Academy for Laity and Clergy will be held on the Claflin campus from Thursday, Jan. 31 to Friday, Feb. 1.

The featured speaker for this year's academy is Dr. Albert Mosley, president of Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta.  The theme for this year’s academy is “Relevancy in a Changing World…”

Rev. Dr. Robin Dease, chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy, said the focus will be squarely upon how the church and academia can collaborate together to increase opportunities for both entities.

“Unfortunately, we are experiencing a lack of students entering the ministry,” said Dease.  “The Leadership Academy will explore this topic thoroughly to ensure we remain relevant in the coming years.”

On Feb. 1, a special panel discussion will examine this subject.  The panel will feature Rev. Jonathan Holston, the bishop of the S.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church; Claflin President Dr. Henry N. Tisdale; Columbia College President Elizabeth Dinndorf; Mosley; and Rev. Angelin J. Simmons, senior pastor of Johns Island Parrish in Charleston.

Dr. Albert Mosley

Mosley serves as the 15th president of Gammon, the world’s premier resource for black religious scholarship and faith-based solutions to spiritual and socio-economic challenges facing African-Americans.

Prior to arriving at Gammon, Mosley was the chaplain and director of multi-faith studies program at Johns Hopkins University.  He was also the director of the Center for Civic Engagement and a professor at Drexel University.  In addition, Mosley serves as an assistant dean at Duke University and was the senior pastor of the historic Janes Memorial United Methodist Church in Philadelphia. 

A native of Mississippi, Mosley is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Milsap College and has degrees from Duke and Yale University. 

Rev. Dr. Johnny B. Hill

Hill is an associate professor of philosophy and religion at Claflin.

A native of Vidalia, Ga., Hill has Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Duke University Divinity School.  While there, he established the Unity-In-Action Race Reconciliation Conference and Walltown Neighborhood Ministries, a joint program aimed a community revitalization, cultural education and teenage job training.

Hill was the director of youth and spiritual development at White Rock Baptist Church in Durham, N.C.  He has been involved in a variety of overseas missions to Haiti, Honduras and Mexico.  

To register or find out more information, please contact Tanedra Washington by phone at (803) 535-5186 or by e-mail at  Registration is $100 per person.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, Jan. 31

Registration 5:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel

Keynote Address 7:00 p.m.

Elmore Chapel Speaker: University Chaplain Rev. Dr. Ken J. Walden

Friday, Feb. 1

Panel Discussion 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Worship 10:45 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

Speaker: Gammon President Dr. Albert Mosley

Luncheon and Lecture 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Speaker: Rev. Dr. Johnny B. Hill

Workshops 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Closing Lecture 3 p.m.

“Lessons from a Bishop” Bishop Jonathan Holston

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