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2019 Black Church Studies Consultation
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The 2019 Louisville Seminary Black Church Studies Consultation will address challenges, resources and other issues that affect rural ministry in the African-American context. The consultation will provide theological training to and establish relationships of trust with rural ministers to help them thrive. Major themes of the 2019 consultation include:

  • Bi-vocational challenges of rural ministry
  • Lay/pastor relations
  • Race relations that have to be negotiated
  • Full-time ministry with part-time salary
  • Plantation thinking
  • Theological education divide
  • Power analysis
  • Rural relational dynamics

African-American ministers, statewide moderators, lay leaders and seminary students who are either currently serving or who will be serving in a rural context are encouraged to attend.

More details and Consultation agenda will be available soon.

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Register by February 1, 2019

Cost is $25 per person ($10 for students).

BCS Consultation Speakers:

Alton B Pollard III

The Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III

President and Professor of Religion and Culture, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

A scholar, author, consultant and speaker on the subject of African American and U.S. religion and culture, Alton B. Pollard III is Louisville Seminary's tenth president and previously served as dean of the School of Divinity and professor of Religion and Culture at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Pollard is the author of Mysticism and Social Change: The Social Witness of Howard Thurman (1992) and a new edition of W.E.B. DuBois’s The Negro Church as well as co-author of Helpers for a Healing Community: A Pastoral Care Manual for HIV/AIDS (2006). He has also edited and co-edited several volumes including How Long This Road: Race, Religion and the Legacy of C. Eric Lincoln; The Papers of Howard Washington Thurman Volumes I and II; and The Black Church Studies Reader. He has also written dozens of book chapters, journal articles, and op-eds..

Amariah McIntosh

Rev. Dr. Amariah McIntosh

Pastor, Phillips Temple Church, Toledo, Ohio

Over the past 37 years, Amariah McIntosh has committed her life to ministry, 27 as pastor. She has pastored CME congregations in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, and is currently the pastor of the Phillips Temple Church, Toledo, Ohio. She has served the denomination on all levels from the district to the connectional in various capacities. She is the director of social concerns for the Ohio-Central Indiana Region Conference, a member of the Bishop Thomas Institute to help equip younger ministers, and the coordinator of the Leadership Academy which prepares the youth of the Episcopal District for leadership.

She has always been involved in the communities in which she’s pastored. She served as president of the Youngstown Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, a board member of the Paducah NAACP, and was involved in interfaith and ecumenical circles in Kentucky and Indiana. She also served as an executive board member of the Kentucky Council of Churches and the chair of the Council’s Justice and Advocacy Commission. She was the past co-president of the Congregations Acting for Justice and Empowerment in Evansville, Indiana. Her community and ecumenical involvement garnered her the CME Church’s inaugural Linsey-Hoyt Ecumenicity Award that was presented at the 2016 Unity Summit.

A Louisville Seminary alum (MDiv, '01, DMin 14) McIntosh was the first African American to serve as the Seminary's student body president. Her work with Louisville Seminary also includes service on the Strategic Planning Committee, Alum Board, and the Presidential Search Committee. She is currently a member of the Black Church Studies Advisory Committee and the President’s Roundtable.

Kilen Gray

Rev. Dr. Kilen Gray

Dean of Student Engagement, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

As a leader, Rev. Dr. Kilen Gray is highly regarded for his intellect, innovation, and vision. As a church pastor, he is celebrated for his unquenchable passion for the Gospel of Jesus Christ, his heart for the local church, and his transforming teaching that changes mindsets and ministries.

Gray, a Louisville Seminary alum (MDiv '02; DMin '16), served as Louisville Seminary's dean of students from 2007 to 2018. He began his service as the seminary's dean of student engagement in 2018. In this capacity, Gray leads efforts that offer seminary alums the opportunity to become more involved in the life of the seminary – from student recruitment to community and church relations.

Gray also serves as pastor of New Mt. Zion Church of Shelbyville (Kentucky), a ministry to which Gray has devoted more than 33 years of service.

Claudette Snorton-Pettus

Rev. Claudette Snorton

Pastor, Greater St. James CME Church, Winchester, Kentucky

Claudette Snorton brings a wealth of knowledge and background in both ministry and education to our Black Church Studies Consultation. Prior to her service at Greater St. James CME, Snorton, a Louisville Seminary alum (MDiv '18), served as a pastor at Bells Chapel C.M.E. Church (Fulton, Kentucky), Phillips Chapel C.M.E. Church (Elkton, Kentucky), and Hills Chapel C.M.E. Church (Crofton, Kentucky).

Snorton served as the secretary of the Evansville-Hopkinsville District for 4 Presiding Elders, statistician for the Kentucky Region Conference of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and currently serves as the treasurer of the Kentucky Region Conference Joint Board of Finance. She was also was 1 of 12 CMEs from across the country selected to pilot the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church’s first (CPE) Clinical Pastoral Education Program.

As an educator, Snorton taught for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati at the St. Agnes School for 7 years. For 27 years, she taught for the Christian County Public Schools at Indian Hills Elementary. She was appointed the first primary teacher on the Kentucky Writing Assessment Committee, elected the 1st African-American president of the Christian County Education Association, and elected the ethnic minority director of the Kentucky Education Association. She was also selected by the Kentucky Department of Education Professional Standards Board to serve as a member of the Kentucky Board of Examiners for the Accreditation of Kentucky’s Colleges and Universities. She retired from education in 2015.


Traveling from out of town and looking for a place to stay during the Black Church Studies Consultation? Laws Lodge at Louisville Seminary has rooms available!

Call (502) 992-9220 or email lmiller@lpts.edu for questions and to make your reservation.
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