Faith-Based 1619 Community Roundtable scheduled Tuesday at Joynes Road Church of God

February 25, 2019

Hampton, Virginia- A panel discussion Tuesday, February 26, 2019 will consider the role of Christianity in the Black community. One in a series of events presented by the Hampton  2019 Commemorative Commission, the roundtable will be held 5:30 – 8 p.m. at Joynes Road Church of God.

With host-Pastor  Rev. Dr. Simeon Green, panelists include Rev. Dr. Gregory Howard, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church-East End, and President of Baptist General Convention; Dr. Corey D. B. Walker, Visiting Professor at the University of Richmond; and Rev. Brenda Gilmore-Hicks, Theologian and Clinical Practitioner.

Dr. Gregory Howard is interim Dean of the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology (STVU), effective February 4, 2019. Howard, a 2004 STVU graduate and current university trustee, serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church East End in Newport News. He has served as part-time instructor within the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Virginia Union as well as adjunct instructor of Homiletics at STVU. Dr. Howard is also president of the Baptist General Convention of Virginia with a membership of more than 1000 churches and nearly 30 associations. He is the author of two books, Black Sacred Rhetoric: The Gospel According to Religious Folk Talk and Voices Crying Out in the Wilderness: Theological Reflections Where Context Matters. Gregory M. Howard is a native of Lancaster, Virginia and received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Bluefield College and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. Rev. Howard has also earned a Doctor of Ministry in Homiletics from the Aquinas Institute of Theology at St. Louis University

Corey D. B. Walker, Ph.D. is Visiting Professor at the University of Richmond and Senior Fellow with the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute. Dr. Walker is Visiting Professor at the University of Richmond where he teaches in the School of Arts and Sciences and the Jepson School of Leadership Studies and collaborates with campus and community partners on research, teaching, and public programming on the University’s recently acquired Wyatt Tee Walker collection. He is also Senior Fellow in Religious Freedom at the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute in Washington, D.C. Dr. Walker is the author of A Noble Fight: African American Freemasonry and the Struggle for Democracy in America (University of Illinois Press) and has completed the manuscript for his next book entitled Between Transcendence and History: An Essay on Religion and the Future of Democracy in America. He is editor of the special issue of the journal Political Theology on the theme “Theology and Democratic Futures” and Associate Editor of the award-winning SAGE Encyclopedia of Identity. In addition to published reviews, articles and documentaries, Dr. Walker is currently at work on his next project exploring the ongoing American saga of race, tentatively titled Desegregating God: Toward a Theology of Freedom. Dr. Walker is a graduate of Norfolk State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in finance. After a career in the financial services industry, he went on to earn his master of divinity degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia Union University, master of theological studies degree from Harvard University, and doctor of philosophy degree in American studies from The College of William and Mary. He also holds the Master of Arts degree, ad eundem, from Brown University.

          Evangelist Brenda L. Gilmore-Hicks is a licensed, bonded and ordained minister, and is a current Associate Minister at the Ivy Farms Community of Faith Church, Newport News, VA. She has earned several academic degrees; a Bachelor of Social Work Degree and two Masters Degrees, Master of Social Work- Norfolk State University and Master of Divinity, Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia. She is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry Program, Virginia Union University, and is a Doctoral Candidate in preparation for presentation of her dissertation in Doctoral Defense. She is retired Assistant Professor and Master of Social Work Program Field Education Director – Norfolk State University, where she taught various courses in both the Bachelor of Social Work and the Master of Social Work Programs.  . Evangelist Gilmore-Hicks has also been an Adjunct Professor- Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, North Carolina. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)-Commonwealth of Virginia, and is involved in active private practice. She has also accrued clinical experience through employment at the Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center, the Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Riverside Hospital, and Center for Child and Family Services (Hampton, Va.) Among her most unique employment experiences are included her position as a Clinical Counselor for the Navy Fleet and Family Support Center- Norfolk and Portsmouth, Virginia and her position as a Psychiatric Social Worker (Sussex I State Prison) where she  provided crisis intervention and mental health services to maximum security inmates, to include the Death Row inmate population.

Please register to attend this free program by calling 757-728-5322. Joynes Road Church of God is located at 31 Joynes Road, Hampton, Virginia 23666.

The 1619 Faith-Based Community Rountable is one in a series of programs, events, and exhibits presented by the Hampton 2019 Commemorative Commission that serve to engage residents and visitors in learning about the critical 1619 turning point in our nation’s history. The 400-year anniversary of the first recorded African landing in English occupied North America at Point Comfort serves as an opportunity for reflection and education.