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Dr. Scrivner Honored at MLK Jr. Chapel Event in Atlanta


Dr. Joseph F. Scrivner, Director of the Center on Religion & Society at Stillman College, was recently inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel’s “Board of Preachers, Board of Sponsors, and Collegium of Scholars” at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

In addition to his responsibilities as Director of the Center on Religion and Society, Dr. Scrivner serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion and Theology and a pastor at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Prior to joining Stillman in the fall of 2013, he taught for 11 years at Samford University in Birmingham, where he was the institution’s first African American hired and tenured in the Religion Department.  While at Samford, he was a leader on many diversity initiatives, including the naming of the first scholarship for racial–ethnic minorities in honor of Rev. John Porter, Samford’s first African American trustee.

Dr. Scrivner co-authored a handbook on Biblical Hebrew, and published essays in Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias, including “African American Interpretation” in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation (2013).  

The Memphis, Tennessee native earned a B.A. from Crichton College, an M.A. from Reformed Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Old Testament from Princeton Theological Seminary. He was ordained in the ministry under his father in 1993 at Bloomfield Baptist Church in Memphis. 

The mission of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College is to teach, encourage, inspire and support the development of “everyone we touch as ambassadors of the Beloved World Community.” The Chapel seeks to be a beacon for those who seek a meaningful connection with Dr. King’s World House values of ethics, nonviolence, service and unity.

Approximately 50 individuals are inducted each year into the Board of Preachers, the Collegium of Scholars, and the Board of Sponsors for community leaders. For the past 28 years, the organization has held inductions in the King Chapel for those three boards. They number approximately 850 people currently. With nearly 900 inducted members since 1985, the Martin Luther King Jr. College of Ministers and Laity program (including Board of Preachers, Board of Sponsors, and Collegium of Scholars) also provides ongoing professional development for alumni clergy and other faith leaders in the practice.

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