Bishop Hines to speak during Hood Seminary’s annual endowment convocation
SALISBURY — Hood Theological Seminary will host its annual endowment convocation at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening in the multi-purpose room of the seminary.
Each year, the Bishops of the 12 Episcopal Districts of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church conduct a moving and inspiring service at the seminary and bring collections from their respective Districts for Hood’s permanently restricted endowment.
Last year, a combined collection of more than $125,000 was brought by the bishops. The permanently restricted endowment is to help assure the financial viability of the seminary, which receives no funds from the federal, state, or local governments.
Bishop Mildred B. Hines, presiding Bishop of the Southwestern Delta Episcopal District, will be the featured speaker.
Dr. Albert Aymer, President of Hood, invites all Zionites and others who think well of Hood and support its mission to attend this convocation and bring a “generous spirit” with them.
The Southwestern Delta Episcopal District includes the states of Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Mississippi.
Bishop Hines received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mars Hill College, her Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Ga., a degree in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Colgate Rochester School of Divinity and the Doctor of Ministry degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Ga.
She has held pastorates at Waddell Chapel AME Zion Church in Shelby, Saint Peters AME Zion Church in Gastonia, Walls Memorial AME Zion Church in Charlotte and First AME Zion Church in Los Angeles, Calif.
Hines was elected bishop on July 18, 2008 at the 48th Session of the General Conference as the 98th bishop in succession of the AME Zion Church.
Hood Theological Seminary, 1810 Lutheran Synod Drive, is a graduate and professional school sponsored by the AME Zion Church where intellectual discourse and ministerial preparation occur in tandem within the framework of a community of faith.
Its student body currently comprises persons from many different denominations.
As a theological seminary, it provides for the church an educational community in which Christian maturity and ministerial preparation take place together.