Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, a distinguished church leader and theological educator, was elected the 12th President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (CRCDS) by the School’s Board of Trustees on May 17. Dr. McMickle will assume some part-time duties over the summer and will begin his full-time service on January 1, 2012. Following his election, Dr. McMickle commented: "How could I ever have dreamed that I would be called upon to serve the school that opened its doors to Mordecai Wyatt Johnson and Dr. Howard Thurman in a city that was home to Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass? I am humbled by the honor and mindful of the challenges that await. Nevertheless, I am encouraged by the words of Paul in Philippians 1:6 that say, 'Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.' Pray for me and pray for God's grace to be showered on Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School!”
A Distinguished Church Leader and Theological Educator
Born in Chicago, Dr. McMickle is a 1970 graduate of Aurora University with a B.A. in Philosophy. His alma mater also awarded him the degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1990. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 1973 and did two additional years of graduate study at Columbia University in New York. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey in 1983. He was awarded a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1998.
He was ordained in 1973 at Abyssinian Baptist Church of New York City where he served on the pastoral staff from 1972-1976. He served as Pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church of Montclair, New Jersey from 1976-1986. During those years he served on the adjunct faculty at Princeton, New Brunswick, and New York Theological Seminaries. Dr. McMickle has served as the Senior Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohiosince 1987. He is presently a member of the Board of Trustees of Cleveland State University. Dr. McMickle is the Professor of Homiletics at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio, where he has served on the full-time faculty since 1996. He is the author of 12 books and numerous articles.