Recap: 2021 African American Alumni Gathering

The African American Dallas Theological Seminary Alumni Gathering grew out of a desire to reconnect with other African American alumni in a relaxing environment, along with our families and friends for a weekend getaway from the challenges of Christian service and studies.  The vision for this reunion began with pastors Hugh Armstrong Jr. of New Haven Baptist Church in Warner Robins, Georgia, and Donald Reid of Alethia Baptist Church in Macon, Georgia. They thought it would be a great idea to reconnect with fellow alumni they hadn’t seen in several years. Seeking assistance to establish the event, they contacted Pastor Willie Burrell, Jr. of Orlando Bible Fellowship Baptist Church in Orlando, Florida, and Pastor Gary Hankins of Resurrection Fellowship Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and began setting the vision for the reunion. 

Together, they decided the purpose of the reunion would be three-fold:

(1)  To informally reconnect, relax, and refresh with fellow alumni and current students and their families in order to return to the mission field encouraged and strengthened for continued spiritual journeys;
(2)  To show appreciation and support for the biblical education gained through studies at DTS; and
(3)  To honor former African American Alumni who paved the way for other African American students at DTS.

Pastor Donald Reid hosted the first annual reunion in Macon, Georgia, in the summer of 2019. The second was hosted by Pastor Willie Burrell Jr. in Orlando, Florida, in August 2021. Hope to see you at next reunion planned for the summer of 2023 in Dallas, Texas. 

Remember, Christ said, “I have come that they might have life and might have it more abundantly!”