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Urias beverly
Beverly, Urias H.
Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Director of DMin Program and the Muslim Chaplaincy Program
BA Indiana Central University
MS Butler University
MDiv Christian Theological Seminary
DMin Christian Theological Seminary

E-mail: ubeverly@etseminary.edu
Telephone: 313-831-5200 ext. 216

Dr. Beverly began his preaching ministry at the early age of six as the son of a Baptist preacher in Indianapolis, Indiana. After serving in the US Army, he earned his BA, MA, and MDiv. and DMin degrees. Since his ordination as a Baptist minister at the age of 24, he has pastored several churches including: Riverside United Methodist, Stone of Hope Nondenominational Church, and Grand River American Baptist Church. Aside from parish ministry, he has had a career as in Pastoral Care and Counseling Serving; a Certified: Hospital Chaplain, Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor, Pastoral Counselor, and a Marriage and Family Therapist and Social Worker. He is a past president of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) and currently serves as Director of the Doctor of Ministry program and the Muslim Chaplaincy Program at Ecumenical Theological Seminary,  conducting Interfaith Spiritual Care (ISC). He is the author of The Places You Go: Caring for Your Congregation Monday Through Saturday.
 
Dr. Beverly is married to the Dr. Billie Beverly and has five children, eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild. He enjoys daily walking and many other sports, plays piano and organ, writes and sings songs, poetry, and plays.



Charles Clark, Jr.
Clark, Jr., Charles E.
Director of Recruitment and Director of the Urban Ministry Diploma Program
BA Fine Arts Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
MA Counseling, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
MDiv Equivalency, Heritage Seminary
DMin Ecumenical Theological Seminary

E-mail: cclark@etseminary.edu
Telephone: 313-831-5200 ext. 224

Dr. Clark, a native Pennsylvanian, is the pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Detroit, MI. He is Vice Chair of the Education Committee of the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity.

Before moving to Detroit he served as pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Altoona, Pennsylvania. While there he served on numerous community boards and committees. During his 25 year career in secular higher education Dr. Clark has been a program director of several programs related to student achievement and retention. His career included positions at the University of Arkansas, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, The Pennsylvania State University and Oakland University in Rochester, MI

Reverend Clark loves to teach and preach has presented seminars on student achievement and race relations, and has been a motivational speaker for young people around the United States and in South Africa. In addition to his speaking to young people, Dr. Clark has also taught numerous classes and seminars for churches, local associations and state convention.


Kennteh Harris
Harris, Kenneth
Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean, Professor of Biblical Studies
BRE William Tyndale College
MA Ashland Theological Seminary
ThM Western Theological Seminary
DMin Ecumenical Theological Seminary

E-mail: kharris@etseminary.edu
Telephone: 313-831-5200, ext. 204


Dr. Kenneth E. Harris is the founding pastor of the Detroit Baptist Temple, where he has served for the past twenty six years. Dr. Harris is also the founding director of the UMD program at ETS, where he currently serves as Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Urban Ministry. Dr. Harris also serves as member of Detroit Baptist Council. He also served as Vice-Chair, Membership, of the former Metro West District, Boy Scouts of America. Dr. Harris also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Franklin Wright Settlements in Detroit. In 2006-2007 he served as Co-Chair of the Finance / Procurement Committee of the Governor’s Transition Team for Detroit Public Schools. 

He has been married to the former Ruthie May White for the past 37 years. They have three daughters: Keedra, a former ETS employee, who is with the Lord; Karisa (B.A., M.S.W., M.A.C.E.); Kenita (B.A. and current M.Div. student). He enjoys playing golf and enjoys spending time in the kitchen creating meals for the family.

Tony Curtis Henderson
Henderson, Tony Curtis
Assistant Professor of Practical Theology
BA University of Alabama at Birmingham
MDiv Interdenominational Theological Center
DMin United Theological Seminary

E-mail: thenderson@etseminary.edu
Telephone: 313-831-5200, ext. 215

 

For more than thirty-four years, Dr. Henderson has had the opportunity to serve God through pastorates in seven Christian Methodist Episcopal congregations in the states of Alabama, Kansas, and Michigan, respectively. Presently, he serves as the founding pastor of Resurrection Christian Center. In addition to serving as a pastor, he has served as a teacher and pastoral leader in church discipleship ministries and institutes that were sponsored by various Methodist congregations and several Baptist congregations. His ministry has included roles in the development of the Edmonds-Carr Nonprofit Housing Corporation, being an Adjunct Hospital Chaplain, and serving as a Theological Field Education Supervisor.

In 2004, he was invited to ETS to teach and to direct its theological field education program, which is known as Ministry Practicum. One of the rich qualities of this vocation that he really loves is the diversity of its faculty and staff. Another aspect of his calling is teaching and learning from his students who come from various traditions within the Church, as well as, from diverse ethnic communities throughout the state of Michigan. Finally, a very significant part of hid calling has to do with his constant advocacy for the intentional integration of spiritual or theological theory/principles with ministerial and/or ecclesiastical practice as the minister and the congregation look critically and honestly at the church's mission against the landscape of devastating social, political, educational, economic, and justice issues that manifest themselves daily in the life of our various communities.

Oscar King III
King III, Oscar
Assistant Professor of Biblical Interpretation, Faith-Based Economics and Urban Studies
B. Arch  Howard University
M.C.P.   Harvard University
M.Div. Equiv. Ecumenical Theological Seminary
D. Min.   Ecumenical Theological Seminary

E-mail: oking@etseminary.edu
Telephone: 313-831-5200 ext. 215

 

Dr. Oscar King, III is the pastor of Northwest Unity Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan. He has served in the United States Air Force Civil Engineering Corps. He has accomplished wide array of community and economic development projects as well as serving on the board of trustees for St. John Hospital. He has been on the faculty of Ecumenical Theological Seminary since 1999. He is currently the first vice-president of the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity.
 
He is currently Chair of the Board of Next Detroit Neighborhood Initiatives. Served as Chair of the Board of Trustees for St. John's Northeast Hospital and former member of the Board for St. John Health System.  Member of Detroit Public Schools Bond Oversight Committee. Guest Editorial Writer for the Michigan Chronicle. First Vice Moderator for Metropolitan Congress of Christian Education, Wayne County Sheriff's Chaplain, Immediate Past President of the Council Of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity.
 
He is married to Robin Wright-King, a manager at Blue Cross/Blue Shield and they are the parents of a blended family of  four adult children.
 
Olaf Lidums
Lidums, Olaf
Assistant Professor, Urban and Ecological Studies, Pastoral Ministry and Applied Ethics
BA Luther College
MDiv Wartburg Theological Seminary
MS University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
DMin Ecumenical Theological Seminary

E-mail: olidums@etseminary.edu
Telephone: 313-831-5200 ext. 213


Born in Tallin, Estonia, Dr. Olaf R. Lidums spent his early childhood in Upsalla, Sweden, and youth and college years in Chicago (immigrated in 1950). After graduation in 1965 from Luther College, Decorah, Olaf entered Wartburg Seminary, in Dubuque, Iowa, after a year of discernment while working as a social worker in a nursing home. Dr. Lidums received his MDiv and was Ordained in June, 1970. Over his 37 years of service, Olaf has served in a variety of congregational ministries, such as town and country, suburb, and three different urban churches in the Detroit area.

He pursued graduate studies in counseling psychology and received his M.S. in Counseling (1977) from U.W.-Whitewater, after which he worked as a Pastoral Counselor for LSS-Wisconsin for 6 years. Half of his 37 years have included other specialized ministries such as directorships in social service, homeless, hospital and addiction treatment ministries. After a long bivalent academic journey between PhD studies in psychology and DMin study at ETS, Olaf focused in on his dissertation work in the practice of trinitarian spirituality and received his DMin from ETS in 2003.

 
Michael Nabors
Nabors, Michael C.
Director of MDiv Program
Director of Student Life, Assistant Professor of Homiletics
BS Western Michigan University
MDiv Princeton Theological Seminary
MTh Princeton Theological Seminary
DMin United Seminary

E-mail: mnabors@etseminary.edu
Telephone: 313-831-5200 ext. 201


Michael Nabors is Director of the Master of Divinity Program, Student Life and assistant professor of Homiletics.  He has also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Marygrove College and Calvin Theological Seminary.  He is the Senior Pastor of New Calvary Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan where he has served for 16 years.  He serves as Chair of the Board for Gateway Community Health (Wayne County) and is a Board member of Voices for Michigan’s Children, the state’s largest children’s advocacy program.  He has served as president of the Michigan Progressive Baptist Convention.  He also served Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton, New Jersey as Assistant Pastor and First Baptist Church in Princeton, New Jersey as a pastor, for a total of sixteen years. In New Jersey, Dr. Nabors was President of the Princeton Clergy Association, President of the Central New Jersey NAACP and President of the Trenton Branch of the NAACP. Serving as third pastor in the church's sixty-four year history, Dr. Nabors' primary goal is in building bridges between faith and intellect, senior citizens and youth, suburban and urban, the academy and the community/church.

James Perkinson
Perkinson, James W.
Professor of Ethics and Systematic Theology

BBA University of Cincinnati
MDiv St. John's Provincial Seminary
MTS St. John's Provincial Seminary
PhD University of Chicago Divinity School

E-mail: jperkinson@etseminary.edu
Telephone: 313-831-5200 ext. 212


Jim Perkinson is a long-time activist and educator from inner city Detroit, where he has a history of involvement in various community development initiatives and low-income housing projects. He holds a PhD in theology from the University of Chicago, with a secondary focus on history of religions, is the author of White Theology: Outing Supremacy in Modernity and Shamanism, Racism, and Hip-Hop Culture: Essays on White Supremacy and Black Subversion, and has written extensively in both academic and popular journals on questions of race, class and colonialism in connection with religion and urban culture. He is in demand as a speaker on a wide variety of topics related to his interests and a recognized artist on the spoken-word poetry scene in the inner city.
 
Jim is interested in using a broad array of interdisciplinary tools to investigate the way socio-economic position, racial presupposition, and gender perspective already inform our values and orientation to life long before we begin to grapple with questions of identity, ministry or spirituality. He is particularly concerned to understand the way white supremacy, as an effect of colonial Christian practices, continues to be reproduced in mainstream Western cultures. In addition, he explores how the creative forms of cultural resistance developed by marginalized groups and indigenous peoples can critically challenge Christianity today. These concerns figure in both his academic writing and the performance poetry that he produces as a necessary adjunct to teaching. Becoming at least bi-cultural in communication skills and poly-rhythmic in spiritual practice is fast emerging as a requisite capacity for Christian leadership in a transnational world. And the need for a pedagogy adequate to such a demand is his consuming passion.
 
Anneliese Sinnott
Sinnott, Anneliese O.P. 
Director of MA Program, Professor of Systematic Theology
BA Siena Heights College
MM De Paul University
MA University of Detroit
MDiv Saints Cyril and Methodius Seminary
Phd Katholieke Universitelt Leuven

E-mail: asinnott@etseminary.edu
Telephone: 313-831-5200 ext. 218

Dr. Anneliese Sinnott is Professor of Systematic Theology and is currently serving as the Coordinator for the Master of Arts program in Pastoral Ministry Program. She served as Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Dean at ETS from 1996 to 2010. Prior to that, she directed the Master of Divinity Program. In addition to her work here, Dr. Sinnott has been a frequent presenter at local, regional and national gatherings on a variety of topics and has contributed several articles to published works. She values the opportunity provided by ETS to guide others in learning in a multicultural, ecumenical environment. She believes that the task of a theological seminary today is to assist students in a discovery, examination and articulation of the Christian faith, both in the language of their own tradition and in dialogue with others as well as to effectively minister in the church and world of the 21st century. 

Anneliese was born and received her early education in Chicago, Illinois. Following her graduation from high school, she became a member of the Adrian Dominican Sisters in Adrian, Michigan. Her early years as a Roman Catholic sister were spent teaching elementary school and music. She came to Michigan to attend seminary. 

Waddell, James
Assistant Professor
B.A. University of Nebraska–Lincoln
M.A. Washington University in Saint Louis
M.Div. Concordia Seminary
S.T.M. Concordia Seminary
M.A. University of Michigan
                    Ph.D. University of Michigan

                     E-Mail: jwaddell@etseminary.edu
                     Telephone: 313-831-5200 ext. 213

Dr. Waddell is an ordained Lutheran pastor and has served in parish ministry for more than twenty years. He completed the Ph.D. in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan with a specialization in Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins. Dr. Waddell has taught Classics, Religious Studies, and Liturgical Theology at several institutions, including the University of Michigan and Ecumenical Theological Seminary. He has published a number of books and peer-reviewed articles and has delivered numerous papers at professional conferences. He is an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Dr. Waddell’s teaching at Ecumenical Theological Seminary and his research highlight early Jewish and early church views of wealth, economic exploitation and oppression of the poor, and justice in biblical and extra-biblical sources. His research also focuses on first- and second-century developments of early christology, as well as social and ideological intersections of early Judaism, early Christianity, and early Islam in antiquity and late antiquity.

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