New Trustees Installed

Posted: Jan 31, 2014

Three new Trustees were installed at the January 2014 meeting of the Serminary's Board of Trustees, bringing the number of trustees to 21.

“The Board and I are honored to welcome this class of accomplished new trustees who bring to the Seminary passion for our mission, dedication to outstanding theological training, in addition to valued skills in a variety of important areas including religious and civic leadership, human resources, nonprofit management, and higher education,” said Dr. Richard A. Kratz, Board Chair.

The new Trustees are the Reverend Dr. Edward Smith Davis of Burlington, N.C., Ms. Patricia Hopson-Shelton of Lancaster, Penn., and the Reverend Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel of Atlanta.

Rev. Dr. Edward Smith Davis
Rev. Davis is the Conference Minister for the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ, serving the state of North Carolina. He previously served as Interim Associate Conference Minister of the Illinois Conference of the UCC, providing oversight and pastoral care to 102 congregations and 350 ordained clergy. 

He was Senior Pastor of St. Mark United Church of Christ in Chicago Heights, Ill., where he was the first African American pastor in the church’s 50-year history. He also was Chaplain for the Chicago Fire Department.

Rev. Davis received a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, where he now is an adjunct faculty consultant. He also earned a MBA in Finance from Roosevelt University in Chicago. 

A certified nonprofit manager, he served on the Board of Directors of the United Church Funds, which manages and directs socially responsible investments on behalf of churches and organizations of the UCC. He also serves on the boards of United Church of Christ, the Education and Family Life Institute, Community Renewal Society, and NeighborScapes, Inc.

Ms. Patricia Hopson-Shelton
A human relations and higher education professional, Ms. Hopson-Shelton was awarded the honorary title of Emerita Assistant to the President for Social Equity & Chief Diversity Officer after 23 years of outstanding service in that role at Millersville University of Pennsylvania.

She presents nationally on a variety of topics including cultural, ethnic and gender diversity, and mediation. Her many civic activities include membership on the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Board of Trustees, NAACP Executive Committee, and other community organizations. She is past president of both the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education and Urban League of Lancaster County.

Ms. Hopson-Shelton received a Master of Science degree in Corrections and Psychology from Chicago State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and Urban Studies from Utica College of Syracuse University, Utica, NY. She has studied at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Oxford University in England, and Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel

An author, professor and minister, Rev. Samuel is senior pastor and founder of Victory for the World Church in Stone Mountain, Ga. Victory Church has dual standing as an independent Baptist church and as an active congregation in the United Church of Christ.

He has served as an adjunct professor at Clark Atlanta University in the Religion and Philosophy Department, and was a teaching assistant in Homiletics at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, where he received a Master of Divinity degree. He received a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in American History from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn.

Rev. Samuel is the author of Solomon’s Success: Four Essential Keys to Leadership.