Alumni Profiles and News
Shirley Sims Gray, MDiv '15, is managing the impressive collection of art work by her late husband, J. Lee Gray, a self-taught artist from Spartanburg, SC. The original paintings have been shown in major cities throughout the U.S. Original paintings as well as limited edition giclée prints are available. Many can be viewed on the Facebook page Art by J. Lee Gray. Mrs. Gray can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Odell Cleveland, MDiv, '97, was featured in a March 2018 article in The Chronicle (Charleston,, SC): Rev. Odell Cleveland: Finding Success off the Court
Congratulations to Delton Cooper, MTS ’16, on his graduation from the Cabarrus County (NC) Sheriff’s Department Chaplaincy program on Thursday, April 19, 2018. Read the full article here.
Spring 2018 Newsletter from Rev. Dr. Lamont Foster, President, HTSNAA
Juston Smith, M.Div. '14, recently visited the Holy Land and sent the attached report with photos.
Congratulations to Clemmie Palmer III, MD, MDiv '16, on the publication of his first book, God, The World and Me - A Look at Diverse Views of Scripture From the Bible: From the Perspective of a Psychiatrist. Available on Amazon!
Congratulations to Rev. Patricia Cockerham-Turner (M.Div. 2005, magna cum laude) who recently published her first book, Developing/Preaching Sermons to Reflect the Spirit of Pentecost: A Training Manual for Ministers in Basic Sermon Preparation. The book is available on Amazon. Rev. Cockerham-Turner is Co-Pastor Emeritus along with her husband Rev. William D. Turner of Tower of Power United Holy Church, Salisbury, NC.
Several Founding Members of the Hood Theological Seminary National Alumni Association's 1885 Society are pictured with Bishop Kenneth Monroe (2nd from left), and HTSNAA President, Rev. Dr. Lamont Foster (4th from left) during the Society's fund-raising dinner held in November. Proceeds from this event, over $8,000, are for scholarships for HTS students.
Left to right: Rev. Dr. Grant Harrison, '05; Bishop Monroe; Mrs. GeoRene Jones, '14; Rev. Dr. Lamont Foster, '15; Rev. Patricia Turner, '05; Rev. Dr. James ferree, '55; Rev. Janet Garner-Mullins, '15; Dr. Carolyn Buford, '05; and President Vergel Lattimore.
Read the full report by HTSNAA President, Dr. Lamont Foster, here.
Dr. Mack T. Hines, DMin. '05, was named the chairman for the Morris College Board of Trustees.
Hines holds a bachelor degree from Allen University, a bachelor degree in divinity from the former Morris College School of Religion, a doctorate of ministry degree from Hood Theological Seminary and an honorary doctorate degree for outstanding leadership in the state of South Carolina from Morris College.
Hines is also a member of the Morris College Hall of Fame.
He served as an educator in the Florence (SC) School District One for 12 years. He is chairman of the Wilsonian Clergy where he organizes ministerial alumni of Wilson High School to raise funds for academically excellent students facing financial crisis. In 2006, he was presented with the honor of the Order of the Palmetto by Gov. Mark Sanford, following 12 years of service in the South Carolina House of Representatives, District 59.
Hines served as the moderator of the Florence and Affiliated Counties Baptist, Missionary and Educational Union, moderator of the Pee Dee Baptist Association and president of Mullins Area Ministerial Alliance.
Currently, Hines serves on the executive board of the Pee Dee Baptist Association and as pastor of the historical Saint Paul Baptist Church.
Morris College is an accredited, four-year, coeducational, residential, liberal arts and career-focused institution awarding baccalaureate degrees in the arts and sciences and in career-based professional fields. Founded in 1908, it is owned and operated by the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina. (Story from SCnow.com.)
Rev. Sholes-Ross is pastor of First Baptist Church in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Three alums were commissioned June 5 during the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church Annual Conference in Greenville. Congratulations to the Reverends Ernest Frierson, Cheryl Johnson and Lawrence Cantey, Jr., pictured here with President Vergel Lattimore.
Timothy L. Freeman
, MDiv ’08, DMin ’14, has been appointed for the 4
consecutive year to the historic Trinity A.M.E. Zion Church in Washington, DC - a church that is intentional about making an impact in the Columbia Heights
area of NW Washington, DC. Through the leadership of Dr. Freeman, Trinity
A.M.E. Zion has embraced the theme, “Equipping Minds, Empowering People, and
Congratulations! The 2017 Alumni Awards were presented during the All Hood Alumni Symposium Reunion and Celebration on March 17th to Rev. Dr. Otto Harris, MDiv '07, Rev. Janet Garner-Mullins, MDiv '15, and Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, MDiv '98. (Spearman was unable to be present.)
Timothy Moore, DMin '09
The Rev. Dr. Timothy Moore is the new Associate Dean and Campus and Continuing Education Coordinator for Pfeiffer University's Charlotte location. Read more here.
Andria is the director of the Center for Faith and the Arts in Salisbury, NC, and will bring a "fresh vision" to reinvigorate CFA's programs and create new programs to have a greater impact on the community. Andi's theological education at Hood Seminary, combined with her experience in non-profit development, social work, and the arts has prepared her well for this position. Read more about Andi and the Center for Faith and the Arts in this Salisbury Post article.