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GBHEM Announces 2018 Willson Lecture: Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe

July 23, 2018

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), leadership development agency for The United Methodist Church, announced the speaker for the 2018 Willson Lecture, Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, general secretary, General Board of Church and Society. Henry-Crowe has served as the social justice agency’s top executive since 2014. 

Willson LectureRev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary, General Board of Church and Society
Tuesday, August 7 at 1 p.m.
Jackson Hall 1908 Grand Ave, Nashville, TN 37212 

Prior to her service at Church and Society, Henry-Crowe served as dean of the chapel & religious life at Emory University, inter-religious ministry with a constituency of 12,000 students and 2,400 faculty members with Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist and B’Hai communities. She has been repeatedly recognized for her work and commitment to social justice, including being named as the Chaplain of the Year by GBHEM. 

Henry-Crowe also served as a member of the United Methodist Judicial Council. She is the first woman elected president of the Judicial Council, serving in that role from 2008-2012. An elder in The United Methodist Church, she is a member of the South Carolina Annual Conference where she served in three pastoral appointments, and as associate director and then director of the Conference Council on Ministries. 

Recipient of a Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology, Emory University, she also holds Doctor of Divinity degrees from Wofford College and LaGrange College. She has served on the boards of trustees for Claflin University, Columbia College and Santiago College. 

The Willson Lecture is a free event, open to the public. To rsvp, please email by Friday, August 3. For more information about the Willson Lecture, visit

About GBHEM: As the leadership development agency of The United Methodist Church, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s mission is to build capacity for United Methodist lay and clergy leaders to discover, claim and flourish in Christ’s calling in their lives, by creating connections and providing resources to aid in recruitment, education, professional development and spiritual formation. Every elder, deacon and licensed local pastor benefits from our training and candidacy programs. Many young adults find help in clarifying their vocation and God’s call in their lives through our leadership and discernment programs. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @GBHEM.

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