Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
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Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School is a theological college affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA and located in Rochester, New York. The school is progressive and ecumenical in theology, with Baptists, United Methodists, Presbyterians and members of other denominations on its faculty and in its student body. The school shares partnerships with Bexley Hall Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Columbus, OH, and Chicago, IL, an Episcopal Church seminary, and St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry, a Roman Catholic theological school which shared its facilities from 1981 until 2003, and since has moved to a nearby site.
|Affiliation||American Baptist Churches USA|
|President||Angela D. Sims|
It is a small school with seven full-time faculty and 14 part-time faculty, and slightly less than 100 full-time students. Dr. Conrad Henry Moehlman (1879–1961) was emeritus professor. The current president is the Rev. Dr. Angela D. Sims, who was previously the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City and Oklahoma City.
The Rochester Theological Seminary was formed in 1850 at the founding of the University of Rochester by a group from Colgate Theological Seminary in Hamilton, New York, who wished to move to an urban setting. By 1928, the remainder of the Hamilton seminary removed to Rochester. In 1961, the school was joined by the Baptist Missionary Training School, a woman's school from Chicago.
On May 16, 2016, students were informed by an email from President Dr. Marvin McMickle that the school would be selling its historic 90-year-old campus and moving to new location. The new location has been announced as 320 North Goodman Street, 2.2 miles north of the old location.
Angela D. Sims
- James E. Cheek, former president of Howard University
- Edwin T. Dahlberg, pacifist and Colgate trustee
- Frederick German Detweiler (American sociologist)
- James Alexander Forbes, Jr. (1935 - ), Senior Minister Emeritus of the Riverside Church in New York City, the largest multicultural congregation in the nation.
- Martin Luther King, Jr., minister, activist, prominent leader in the civil rights movement; attended Crozer Theological Seminary in Upland, Pennsylvania before its merger with Colgate Divinity School in 1970
- Lorraine K. Potter, Chief of Chaplains of the U.S. Air Force
- Walter Rauschenbusch, theologian, minister, key figure in the Social Gospel movement
- Leonard Sweet, author, preacher, scholar
- Howard Thurman, author, civil rights leader, Dean of Chapel for Howard University and Boston University
- Henry Clay Vedder, Professor of church history at Crozer Theological Seminary and author of twenty-seven books
- Wyatt Tee Walker, Co-founder of Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) (1957), Executive Dir. SCLC (1960–1964); Senior Pastor, Canaan Baptist Church in Harlem (1967–2004)
- Frederick B. Williams, Canon and Rector of Church of the Intercession, Harlem (1972–2005); Founder of Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement