Spring 2017 Pages 26-29

Christopher Johnson not only dedicated his time at Oakwood to pursuing his degree, but was also an encouraging force in the History & Political Science Department. Christopher interned for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and after graduating from Oakwood, interned at the Democratic National Convention, and become a Field Organizer of the Hillary Clinton campaign in Cleveland, Ohio. After the election, Chris devoted his time to mentoring the youth in his community in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Washington Johnson II is an ordained minister, former editor of Message Magazine, church historian, and adjunct professor/advisor in the Doctor of Ministry program at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. Johnson has pastored in the South Central and Northern California Conferences, acquiring leadership experience, including involvement in community affairs. He has received numerous citations and recognition from several organizations for his pastoral and chaplaincy leadership skills. He and his wife, Joyce Johnson, Ph.D., have one son Washington Johnson III, a student at Oakwood University.
Benjamin A. Jones, Jr., has been a servant leader for over 40 years in the South Central Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He holds a B.A. in Religion from Oakwood College, and an M.A. in Religion from Southern Adventist University. He served for 15 years as the senior pastor of the First SDA Church in Huntsville, and from there he served as Ministerial Director of the South Central Conference, pastoring the pastors. Currently he is the President of the South Central Conference. Pastor Jones loves the Lord, loves his family, and loves God’s people everywhere.
Dean Rita R. Jones accepted the invitation of President Calvin Rock to be the dean of freshmen women from 1972 to 1978. She was responsible for supervision and administration of programming for the women of Carter Hall. She was called to Andrews University in 1978 as associate dean of women until 1986, when she returned to Oakwood and again served as dean of women until her retirement. Dean Jones believes that it was God who led her in the work of a dean and that He gave her the wherewithal to do it.
W. C. Jones completed his bachelors in theology at Oakwood College. He was enthusiastic about his family, church work, and his beloved Dallas Cowboys. Jones’ pastoral ministry took him to several districts in the Northeastern, Southwest Region, and South Central Conferences. He also served as the president of the Southwest Region Conference for ten years. As Vice President of the Southwestern Union, he was responsible for securing $60,000,000 in trust funds. Impressed by his natural ability raise funds, Oakwood College called him to the Office of Development where he helped increase the financial portfolio. His influential, unforgettable battle cry still rings in our ears, “Amen, and Amen Again!”
While many consider T. Marshall Kelly an artist, instead, he calls himself “a minister who likes to sing.” As a theology major at Oakwood, he was only asked to sing, because he had a terrible stutter that only stopped when he sang. After decades in pastoral ministry and teaching at Oakwood Academy, he was called to be the interim chaplain at Oakwood College, where he served for two years. He is grateful to Oakwood for the opportunities he’s had to teach and encourage.
Anna Knight taught herself how to read, and was later trained as a nurse at the Battle Creek Sanitarium. She was a God-fearing, courageous and determined woman, well-known for her contributions to education, including many years of service to Oakwood. Knight was president of the National Colored Teachers Association of Seventh-day Adventists for nearly 50 years, and received the Education Medallion from the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in 1971. Oakwood’s School of Education is housed in Anna Knight Hall, and the Anna Knight Center for Women’s Leadership opened in 2016
Dr. Jannith Lewis was called to teach English and Speech at Oakwood College in 1953. Two years later, she became the Librarian for Oakwood College. In 1982, she became the first Seventh-day Adventist female to earn a doctoral degree in library science in the United States. Friends, faculty and former administrators gathered to recognize and celebrate her commendable record of 50 years of service to Oakwood when she retired in 2003.
Dr. Roy E. Malcolm has served Oakwood University with distinction, as a faculty member, registrar, dean of administration, commencement coordinator, academic vice president, dean of college relations, Aeolians’ manager, and editor/publisher. Dr. Malcolm has served the Huntsville community as chairperson for Huntsville’s annual city-wide American Education Week celebration. His name is synonymous with the bi-annual Festival of Spirituals, because he resurrected the program in 1996, and it became a highlight of the Huntsville musical community calendar. In his spare time, Dr. Malcolm is a skillful musician, who plays the guitar, organ and piano.
Dr. Kenneth L. Manders, President of the Bermuda Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, exchanged dreadlocks for the gospel when he was converted during an evangelistic campaign in Bermuda. His passion as a literature evangelist led him to pursue a BA in Theology at Oakwood from 1988-1992. He received the distinguished Moseley-Warren Homiletic Award, then an MDiv and Doctor of Ministry in Leadership from Andrews University. He is the only conference president in the North American Division who simultaneously pastors a church, and he is the first Oakwoodite to become president of the Bermuda Conference.
After graduating from Oakwood College in 1965, Joseph W. McCoy began his pastoral ministry that has spanned three conferences, six states and 15 cities. He has also served in church administration in the South Central Conference. Currently, he serves as the Executive Director for the Regional Conference Retirement Plan in Huntsville. In 2000, he was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers and Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.
The words “innovator” and “visionary” come to mind when describing Dr. Michael G. Knight, a physician and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. He has become one of the most influential and widely known young African-American physicians in the medical community. Serving as a leader in many of the country’s most prominent medical organizations, and as founder and President of the Renewing Health Foundation, he continues to lead efforts to eliminate healthcare disparities and empower communities of color to live their best lives.

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