Plans unfolding for 35th UTI anniversary; Satellite location for UTI certificate offerings
This fall the seminary’s Urban Theological Institute (UTI) will observe its 35th anniversary with two special events. UTI also introduces, for the first time, a satellite site location in West Chester offering two of its certificate programs.
On Tuesday, September 22, the Rev. Dr. James Forbes, pastor emeritus of Riverside Church in New York City, will deliver a lecture on the seminary’s campus in The Brossman Learning Center’s Benbow Hall at 11:15 am. That evening at 7:00 pm he will preach at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church on Cheltenham Avenue, Philadelphia. Enon has been a special partner in UTI’s mission and in supporting resources for the Jeremiah A. Wright, Sr., Chair in African American Studies, said the Rev. Dr. Quintin Robertson, who spoke last month about plans for the celebration. Pastor Forbes appeared at the seminary as a keynote presenter for both UTI’s 20th and 30th anniversary celebrations.
The second major event will be a Gala Banquet on Friday, October 23, at The Brossman Center, featuring keynote speaker the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. Pastor Wright’s father, for whom the seminary chair is named, was one of the earliest African American graduates from the seminary. He served Grace Baptist Church in Germantown for 42 years as senior pastor.
Robertson spoke with great pride that UTI has been a vital part of LTSP for about one-fifth of the school’s extraordinary history.
“UTI was founded in 1980 by Pastors Andrew Willis and the late Randolph Jones,” Robertson noted. The program was founded as a means for African American pastors to study part-time for a degree while continuing to hold regular jobs.
In 2004, Robertson explained, the initiative began a transition to become a Black Church Concentration track. Seminarians in the program have earned MDiv and MAR degrees, and one has completed studies in the Master of Arts in Public Leadership, a program in which leaders receive training in theology and in administration to prepare themselves to play key roles in social service agencies or social ministry organizations. UTI also involves African American leaders who are studying for the advanced level Doctor of Ministry (DMin), Robertson said.
UTI has been offering certificates in Leadership and in Christian Ministry, the former often participated in by lay leaders and the latter involving pastors looking for academic training in Bible and theology.
For the first time this fall, these certificate programs will also be offered at a satellite location at St. Paul Baptist Church in West Chester, Pennsylvania, where the Rev. Dr. Wayne Croft serves as pastor. Croft is the Jeremiah A. Wright, Sr., Associate Professor in African American Studies, Homiletics and Liturgics.
For more information about the 35th anniversary celebration, as well as sponsorship opportunities and registration, can be found here. Here is information about UTI’s Certificate programs, including offerings on LTSP’s Mt. Airy campus and in West Chester.
Dr. Robertson invites you to learn more about the Certificate Programs: