Administrative Staff

Rev. Dr. Samuel White, III

Academic Dean

Dr. Samuel White, III is the proud son of the late Samuel and Anna White of Rochester New York. He was baptized and called into ministry at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Later he was ordained by Dr. Samuel Bulloch of Bethany Baptist Church of Detroit Michigan.

 

Dr. White graduated with honors from Brockport State College. He received his Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School and Master of Divinity degree from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. He earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University.

 

Dr. White was employed as a Hospice Chaplain for Henry Ford for sixteen years. He rendered spiritual care to the terminally ill and grief support to caregivers and their family. Presently, he is adjunct professor at the Ecumenical Theological School where he instructs seminarians on practical theology courses.

 

Dr. White pastored United Methodist Churches from 1984 to 1995. In 1996, Dr. White became the senior pastor of the historic Friendship Baptist Church of Detroit Michigan.

 

Dr. White served as the President of the Michigan Progressive Baptist Convention and became the recipient of several civic and religious awards. He was awarded the Rev. Charles Hill Award, Preacher of the Year, and The President’s Leadership Award from the National Progressive Baptist Convention. 

 

Dr. White is the author of numerous articles and has  published: No More Tears: Comfort for the Grieving, Dying in Peace: Preparing for Eternity, It is Well with My Soul: Spiritual Care for the Dying , Caring For Your Soul: Improving Your Life, Healing Your Soul: Christian Self-Care, Hope For the Soul: Words of Encouragement, Sex and the Soul: Overcoming Temptation, The Forgiving Soul: How to Forgive Yourself, Others and Life, Healing During the Holidays: God Heals the Bereaved, Aging Gracefully: Spiritual Care for Aging Adults, The Capitalist Christian Contradiction: God Against Greed, My Brothers Keeper: Church Ministry for Young African American Males and Loving the Soul: How to Love. All of Dr. Whites books are available online.

 

Dr. White has been happily married to the former Sandra Wilson since 1995. They reside in Detroit Michigan with their two children Alexandria and Samuel IV.

Classes

FE7001 Field Education (Fall Term)


2019 Fall / Field Education, General Courses Professor Tony Curtis Henderson Associate Professor of Practical Theology Samuel White Adjunct Professor This is the first of a required three-quarter (one-year) sequence. Field Education provides the student with the opportunity for experience-based learning in a supervised ministerial setting. Field Education typically begins upon completion of seven to nine courses in the area of ethical training for church leadership, introductory courses in biblical studies, theology, and church history. Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity REGISTER




FE7002 Field Education (Winter Term)


2020 Winter / Field Education, General Courses Professor Tony Curtis Henderson Associate Professor of Practical Theology Samuel White Adjunct Professor This is the second of a required three-quarter (one-year) sequence. Field Education provides the student with the opportunity for experience-based learning in a supervised ministerial setting. Field Education typically begins upon completion of seven to nine courses in the area of ethical training for church leadership, introductory courses in biblical studies, theology, and church history. Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity REGISTER




FE7003 Field Education (Spring Term)


2020 Spring / Field Education, General Courses Professor Tony Curtis Henderson Associate Professor of Practical Theology Samuel White Adjunct Professor This is the third of a required three-quarter (one-year) sequence. Field Education provides the student with the opportunity for experience-based learning in a supervised ministerial setting. Field Education typically begins upon completion of seven to nine courses in the area of ethical training for church leadership, introductory courses in biblical studies, theology, and church history. Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity REGISTER




TPMT7002 Baptist History and Polity


2020 Winter / Theory & Practice of Ministry (TPM) Professor Samuel White Adjunct Professor The Baptist History and Polity Course is designed to give students critical understanding and appreciation of Baptist life, thought, and practice through 400 years of history. This purpose will be accomplished through required reading, research, class participation, and engagement with the following topics:

  1. Baptist origins and struggles to achieve identity
  2. Theological, cultural, and historical factors affecting Baptist development
  3. Contribution of significant Baptist leaders
  4. Baptist influences on the wider Christian world and on public life
  5. Evolution of Baptist life at local, regional, and national levels with attention to contemporary polity and practice
This course meets a requirement of the American Baptist Churches for ordination or recognition of prior ordination. Certificate in Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity REGISTER




UM102 Church History: The Untold Story


2016 Fall, 2017 Fall, 2018 Fall / History Professor Samuel White Adjunct Professor This course will examine American Church history with emphasis on the particular contribution and influence of the African American Church. The Canadian Church will also be discussed. Urban Ministry Diploma REGISTER




UM104 Christian Scriptures (New Testament)


2017 Spring, 2018 Spring, 2019 Spring / Biblical Studies Professor Samuel White Adjunct Professor This course is a general survey and critical review of the literature of the Christian Scriptures. Urban Ministry Diploma REGISTER





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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