Anderson University recently announced that Dr. Cheryl Sanders, senior pastor of the Third Street Church of God in Washington, D.C., and Professor of Christian Ethics at Howard University School of Divinity, will address the graduating class of 2007 during commencement exercises, May 5. The 3 p.m. EDT program will be conducted in the Ward Fieldhouse of the Kardatzke Wellness Center. Speaking during Anderson University’s baccalaureate service will be Dr. Brent Hinkle, senior pastor of Red Fork Church of God in Tulsa, Okla. Baccalaureate will take place earlier that day in Reardon Auditorium at 10 a.m. All events are free and open to the public.
Other events scheduled on Anderson University’s May 5 commencement day include the Falls School of Business hooding ceremony at 11:40 a.m. in Byrum Hall for candidates of both Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Business Administration degrees. In addition, the hooding ceremony for the School of Education will also be conducted at 12 noon on May 5 (as well as the certification ceremony for the Teach in Indiana Program--TIP) in Schield dining room of the Olt Student Center.
Earlier events associated with commencement weekend include the School of Theology Senior Recognition and Awards Chapel on Tuesday, April 24, at 11 a.m. EDT in Miller Chapel. In addition, a special pinning ceremony for the Anderson University School of Nursing will be conducted on Friday, May 4 at 6 p.m. in Byrum Hall.
Dr. Cheryl J. Sanders is Senior Pastor of the Third Street Church of God in Washington, D.C. since 1997, and Professor of Christian Ethics at the Howard University School of Divinity since 1984. She is the author of over 50 articles and several books, including Ministry at the Margins (InterVarsity Press, 1997); Saints in Exile: The Holiness-Pentecostal Experience in African American Religion and Culture (Oxford, 1996); Empowerment Ethics for a Liberated People (Fortress, 1995); and is the editor of Living the Intersection (Fortress, 1995).
Sanders is a graduate of the Sidwell Friends School, Swarthmore College (B.A. in Mathematics) and Harvard Divinity School (M.Div., cum laude and Th.D. in the field of Applied Theology). In 2002 she was awarded the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky.
Dr. Brent Hinkle is currently the Senior Pastor at Red Fork Church of God in Tulsa, OK where he has served for 11 years. Previously, he has held pastoral positions in Indiana and Connecticut. Hinkle also earned degrees from Yale University, Southern Connecticut State University, and Anderson University where he received both a Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degree. He and his wife Kathy have two children.
Persons receiving honorary degrees during Anderson University's commencement event include the following:
MATILDA BARBER, ANDERSON COMMUNITY LEADER: DOCTOR OF HUMANE LETTERS
Matilda Barber has had a distinguished career both as a professional and as a community volunteer leader. She served in the profession of nursing through St. John’s Health System. Barber was the first African-American to become director of nursing for St. John’s, and was later appointed to leadership responsibilities in community relations. She has served on numerous boards and commissions throughout the City of Anderson and has given her time to bridge relationships across the community.
RONALD V. DUNCAN, NATIONAL CHURCH LEADER: DOCTOR OF DIVINITY
Ronald Duncan holds the appointed position of General Director of Church of God Ministries, the chief executive officer for Church of God Ministries and the General Assembly of the Church of God. An alumnus of Anderson University, he has earned degrees at Christian Theological Seminary and Ashland University. Pastoral and staff ministry assignments include churches in Ohio, Indiana and Texas. He concluded service to the nation through the United States Army Reserve, where as chaplain, he attained the rank of Colonel. Dr. Duncan has led a process of strategic planning and bold leadership that is uniting the broad areas of church fellowship, making commitments to a future of growth, flexibility and leadership development. He is a strong supporter of higher education across the Church of God.
CHERYL J. SANDERS, CHURCH LEADER, THEOLOGICAL EDUCATOR: DOCTOR OF DIVINITY
Cheryl Sanders has emerged as one of the most noted and effective church leaders across denominations, centering in her role as Senior Pastor of the Third Street Church of God in Washington, D.C., and as Professor of Christian Ethics at Howard University School of Divinity. Educated at Swarthmore College (BA, Mathematics), and Harvard University Divinity School (M.Div.; Th.D.), her writings and lectures take her around the world. Author of more than 50 articles and numerous books, she regularly appears with comment in religious periodicals and is drawn into inter-faith circles of conversation on faith and the national life. She is a valued colleague in the work of challenging the next generation of leaders to commit to lives of service in the church and society.
ELIZABETH HARP YORK, DISTINGUISHED ALUMNA, PHILANTHROPIST: DOCTOR OF HUMANE LETTERS
Elizabeth York grew up in a pastor’s home, was one of the few freshmen to be selected for Robert Nicholson’s College Choir, married a physician, completed a degree at Rutgers University, became an effective business partner and nimble investor for family resources, and has lead the way to significant philanthropic commitments through the Anderson University School of Theology, the broader university, and other Christian causes. She is an energetic and avid leader who is at home in the world of ideas, collects children’s books, rare theological publications, encourages creativity and literacy in many circles of her life of faith and service. Her interest in Anderson University began with an annual gift to help fund the Harp Lectures at the School of Theology and has broadened to support a visiting lectureship, the funding of York Seminary Housing, and other projects on the AU campus. Along with her husband, Dr. James York, she has made an enormous difference to strengthen opportunities for ministerial students, programs in the arts and the entire learning community.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.