Claflin University will hold its 2016 Baccalaureate Service on Friday, May 6, 7 p.m., in Tullis Arena of the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center.
The Reverend B. Kevin Smalls ’93, pastor at Queen’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Beltsville, Md. will be the featured speaker. Small is also pastor at Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C.
Baccalaureate is an interfaith service offering farewell to the graduates of Claflin University.
The service is open to all graduating students and their families and live music will be performed by the Claflin University Concert Choir. Catlin’s 146th Commencement Convocation will take place on Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m. at the South Atlantic Seventh-day Adventist Convention Center in Orangeburg. Visit www.claflin.edu for a complete listing of commencement activities.
Smalls is a native of Washington, DC. and a graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School. At the age of 19 he became a certified candidate for the ordained ministry within the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. As a teenager he was very active in the United Methodist Church. He was the president of the Conference Council on Youth Ministries and traveled to the then Soviet Union (Russia) in 1987. At the age of 17, he preached his first sermon at his home church, the historic Ebenezer United Methodist Church, Washington, DC where his uncle, Dr. Alfonso J. Harrod was the pastor.
Smalls earned a degree in history at Claflin and ambassador for the Black College Fund of the United Methodist Church. While a Black College Fund Itinerate, he was a featured speaker at the Louisiana, West Ohio, Kentucky and Texas Annual Conferences. After graduating from Claflin in 1993, Smalls received his Master of Divinity Degree at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Ga.
Smalls has also pastored at Burns-St. Mary United Methodist Churches in the North Georgia Conference; Jerusalem-Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, Rockville, Md. and Hughes Memorial UMC in Washington, D.C..
Smalls, a member of is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., led seven young adults to create what was known as the Young Adult Christian Café of the Washington, DC area. This group was created to meet the needs of the young adult community and challenge the church to be more aware of the young adult populations in and out of the church. The group led Leadership Days workshops and has traveled to Bermuda to teach the Café model there