Claflin University will host the 26th Annual Granville Hicks Leadership Academy for Laity and Clergy Feb. 1-2. Themed "How Congregations Can Reach the New Generation," this event equips laity and clergy for ministry and leadership within the church. The academy will take place in the James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel.

The Granville Hicks Leadership Academy honors Rev. Dr. Granville A. Hicks, a 1957 Claflin graduate who has been recognized for his leadership as a pastor and district superintendent in the South Carolina Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Hicks was instrumental in creating programs to improve race relations, education and leadership development at the conference. It began as a lecture series before evolving into a leadership academy that emphasizes connections between the academy, Claflin University and The United Methodist Church. The event empowers attendees with biblical knowledge, intellectual growth and theological reflection.

Heading the list of distinguished speakers are: Bishop Tracy S. Malone, resident bishop of the East Ohio Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church; Rev. Whittaker V. Middleton, vice president of Institutional Advancement (Claflin University) and pastor of Silas United Methodist Church; Rev. Alisha Gordon, executive for spiritual growth for United Methodist Women; Rev. Samuel L. Green Jr., director of christian education for the Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church; and Rev. Dr. Reginald Lee, congregational specialist for the South Carolina Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. 

For more information, contact Rev. Dr. Ernest C. Etheredge at 803-531-5150 or eetheredge@claflin.edu.

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