Hood Seminary to Hold Firm Foundation Covenant Service

Published 11:53 am Monday, February 5, 2018

Hood Theological Seminary will hold a Firm Foundation Covenant Service at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Aymer Center on campus featuring Bishop George Crenshaw. The free service is open to the public.

Formerly named the Endowment Convocation, this annual service is sponsored by the Board of Bishops of the AME Zion Church. The bishops conduct an inspiring service and bring collections from their Episcopal districts in support of the seminary.

“Hood’s recognition as a viable and thriving institution has been made possible by the unyielding and consistent support by the Board of Bishops of the AME Zion Church,” said Hood President Vergel Lattimore. “As HTS strives to build capacity and generosity to support viability and creative programming, unrestricted annual giving becomes more crucial.”

Unrestricted contributions to Hood for the Firm Foundation Annual Fund enable the seminary to direct funds toward its greatest needs.

Lattimore encourages all Zionites, friends and supporters of the seminary to attend the Covenant Service.

Crenshaw is the presiding prelate of the Central Southern Africa District of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. He holds a B.A. from Indiana University and a master of divinity from Hood Theological Seminary as well as honorary doctorate degrees from both Clinton and Livingstone colleges.

As a pastor, he served in Alabama, Indiana, Georgia and South Carolina. He is a member of the AME Zion Connectional Budget Board and was first vice president of the Presiding Elder’s Council 2001-05.

He is a 2000 James Varick Freedom Medal recipient and a past president of the Hood seminary Student Government Association. He is the founder of the Zion Center Community Development Corp. in Cheraw, South Carolina, as well as founder of the Cheraw-Bennettsville District AME Zion Church Mass Choir.

Crenshaw is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He is a life member of both the Connectional Lay Council of the AME Zion Church and the NAACP. In 2011, he received the Atlanta Gospel Choice Award as one of the “Chosen 10 Pastors” in the state of Georgia.