Trailblazers to be Celebrated at Seminary Banquet

 January 17, 2012- Richmond, Va., - “These are trailblazers,” said Lynn McClintock, director of alumni/ae development. “These graduates of Union Presbyterian Seminary have made significant contributions to the African American community and the Church at large.” Union Presbyterian Seminary’s Black Alumni/ae Association will honor these alums at the Trailblazers Award Ceremony and Banquet scheduled for February 15, 7pm at Ginter Park Presbyterian Church. The featured speaker will be President Brian K. Blount. Tickets at $50 per person. Registration for the Trailblazers Banquet can be found at:

The honorees are as follows:
President Emeritus of Virginia Union University Dr. Allix B. James (Th.M.’49) served as president from 1970 until 1979. He continued as professor of pastoral theology, as well as chancellor and dean of the university until his retirement.

In 1984, Bishop Leontine T.C. Kelly (M.Div.’ 76) became the first African-American woman to be elected bishop in the United Methodist Church, serving  as bishop of the California-Nevada Conference and as president of the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops. She will receive her award in absentia.

Dr. Gloria Taylor (M.A.C.E. ’78; Ed.D. ’95) was named assistant professor of Christian education and director of continuing education at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, in 1990.  Taylor served VUU until 2010.

Each of these honorees has touched the lives of thousands through their many achievements.
The Banquet is one event during the Ministry on the Ground Conference, February 14-16, at Union Presbyterian Seminary’s Richmond campus, where participants will explore and experience practical ways of engaging church members in ecumenism, technology and administration in tough economic times. The public is encouraged to attend.

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