Dr. Gerald Dew to lead Northern Seminary’s new Master of Arts in Urban Leadership program

May 8, 2017 – Dr. Gerald Dew, an adjunct professor at Northern Seminary and longtime pastor on Chicago’s South Side, has been appointed as the first program director of Northern’s new Master of Arts in Urban Leadership.

Dr. Dew brings years of pastoral ministry experience to his new position. As the Pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood for the past 16 years, Dr. Dew has led the church through ministry growth in Englewood and other South Side neighborhoods. He has also organized Northern’s Ministers’ Workshop and provided ministerial training for pastors around the country.

Dr. Dew was born in Chicago and raised in Muncie, Indiana. Before becoming Pastor at Antioch Baptist Church, Dr. Dew served as Pastor of Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Houston for 16 years. He earned both his Master of Divinity Eq. and his Doctorate of Ministry degrees at Northern, and he began teaching at the Seminary in 2015.

“I’m thrilled that Dr. Dew has accepted the invitation of the search committee to serve as our first program director,” said Northern’s president, Dr. Bill Shiell. “His experience and leadership provide a unique blend of gifts as we launch this new degree program.”

“Dr. Dew is a visionary pastor,” said Dr. Karen Walker Freeburg, Northern’s vice president of academic affairs. “His passion for the development of leaders for Christ’s church is contagious. His heart and life are dedicated to bringing the transforming love and God and peace to the city.”

Dr. Dew said he is excited to lead Northern’s new Urban Leadership program. He thanked his wife, Marva; his late parents, Rev. Albert and Mrs. Velma Dew; his siblings, Joyce Roquemore and Albert Dew; and his children, Rev. Samuel Dew and Eboni Dew, for their support throughout his ministry.

“Northern’s Urban Leadership program shows that the Seminary is living out the essence of its DNA,” Dr. Dew said. “Northern meets people at their place of need, and it’s a friend of local churches, helping church leaders be all that God has called them to be. Navigating leadership in an urban context requires new training on the compass of life, new training on the application of Scripture, new training on the depth of theological thought and its application to current situations.”

Northern’s Master of Arts in Urban Leadership program will begin this September in partnership with New Life Covenant Church Southeast and other churches from Chicago’s South and West Sides. The program will be based at Hirsch High School in the Grand Crossing neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side and is part of Northern’s expansion, which was announced in April.

To learn more about the Master of Arts in Urban Leadership program or to apply for enrollment, contact Greg Armstrong, Northern’s director of admissions, at grarmstrong@seminary.edu, or visit seminary.edu/programs/urban-leadership.

Please visit seminary.edu/northern-seminary-expansion to learn more about Northern’s expansion, including its new center in Lisle, Illinois; enhanced programming at its Lawndale Center on Chicago’s West Side; and enhanced programming through its Live Streaming Seminary program, Northern Live.

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