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2013 Bible Conference Presenter Information
Minister Tamara Henry
Min. Tamara Henry serves as the Minister to Youth at the Lenox Road Baptist Church, an American Baptist Congregation in Brooklyn, New York. As a youth ministry practitioner for the last fifteen years, Tamara has developed a unique brand of programs that resource the “everyday” lived practices of young people as a medium through which religious identity can be developed and sustained. Her position also calls her to oversee the design and implementation of successful training models for others working in youth ministry. As such, she is frequently sought out as a speaker and youth and young adult ministry consultant for religious organizations both locally and across the nation.
Tamara’s work in ministerial context directly complements her academic pursuits. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate in Religious Education at Fordham University. Her research focuses on the intersection between youth popular culture, religion and liberative pedagogical practice. Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, Tamara received a Bachelor of Arts in American Government from Georgetown University and both a Masters of Social Work and a Masters of Arts in Religion from Fordham University.
Outside of ministry, Tamara has also worked extensively with youth and families in a variety of community, social service and political settings. Her functions have included working as a clinician, administrator, policy advocate, and program developer. Most recently, she served as the Director of the Counseling Service of Eastern District New York, an outpatient drug and alcohol treatment center in Brooklyn, New York.
Additionally, Tamara is an Adjunct Professor at the New York Theological Seminary where she teaches courses in the History and Philosophy of Religious Education, Foundations in Religious Education and Youth, Culture and Pedagogy in Religious Education. As an educator, Tamara’s goal is to advance the development of solid theoretical approaches alongside effective practices in religious education.
Arthur L. Satterwhite III
Arthur L. Satterwhite III is an emerging voice in the Christian community who is passionate about serving and seeing churches uncover even greater success as they seek to engage a post-modern, 21st century society in more meaningful and increasingly relevant ways.
With a B.S. in Business/Marketing from Monmouth University and an M.A. in Religious Education from New York Theological Seminary, Arthur combines nearly a decade of experience working in youth and young adult ministry with a keen sense of strategy, and a passion for education and discipleship, to help church leaders and Christian organizations better engage a culture that is increasingly struggling to find where and how their faith connects with their life.
He currently pursues this passion in his role as the Senior Program Manager at American Bible Society where he serves in the Arts & Media Bible Advocacy department that seeks to shift perceptions around the Bible – building bridges between the Bible and culture, faith and life.
The Rev. Dr. Eleanor Moody-Shepherd
The Rev. Dr. Eleanor Moody-Shepherd is the Dean of Students, and Professor of Women’s Studies at New York Theological Seminary. Her areas of research and teaching include domestic violence, women in the Bible, and women in leadership. She is also involved regularly in leading international study seminars to the Holy Land, Africa and other parts of the world. She co-leads an annual trip to the south to study the history of the Civil Rights Movement and Southern Religion. She also serves the churches and local organizations as an educational consultant, preacher and mo- tivational speaker.
She most recently co-authored with Martha Jacobs and Rebeca Radillo “Bringing the City to Light: Pastoral Formation in a Multicultural Urban Context,” published in Equipping the Saints: Best Practices in Contextual Education, Pilgrim Press (2009), and contributed a chapter titled “In Our Own Voices: Loud and Clear” in the anthology New Feminist Christianity: Many Voices, Many Views, published by Skylight Paths in 2010.
Dr. Moody-Shepherd grew up in Alabama and learned to appreciate the power of living and struggling on the margin. She gained insight, strength, sensitivity and experience through her participation in the Civil Rights Movement in the Deep South during the 1950s and 1960s. This tumultuous period helped her to develop the passion that motivates her to use justice as a guiding principle in her life’s work.
In addition to the experiential education of being a woman of African descent in America, she attended Tuskegee University and Alabama State University, and earned degrees from the State University of New York (A.A.S., 1971), Vassar College (B.A., 1974), Long Island University (M.S., 1981), New York Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1992), and Teachers College Columbia University (Ed.D., 2000).
Walter Hidalgo is a lay ecumenical minister, edutainer, athlete, spiritual counselor and activist who works with a diversity of people to empower young people. He is the Director of Social Justice Ministry for the Altagracia Center for Faith and Justice in Upper Manhattan, NYC. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Ministry at New York Theological Seminary where his focus is on Hip-hop and Spirituality. He’s an adjunct professor at Touro College where he teaches undergraduate courses in Spanish and History. He is the Co-founder of the HnS Collective, an organization that educates the world about Hip-hop culture’s spiritual and transformative dimensions. And, he is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Beyond the Four Walls: The Rising Ministry and Spirituality of Hip-hop.
The Rev. Charlene Han Powell
The Rev. Charlene Han Powell is currently the Associate Pastor for Christian Education at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. She oversees Adult Education, Young Adult Ministries, and Family Ministries at this historic Manhattan church. She received her Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and her Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Dance from the Universi- ty of California San Diego. She is currently working on her Doctor of Ministry at NYTS focusing on the faith habits of millennials. Her hope is to equip young progressive Christians to claim their faith amidst a changing religious climate. Charlene and her husband live in New York City.(Ed.D., 2000).
Dr. Dale T. Irvin
Dr. Dale T. Irvin is President and Professor of World Christianity at New York Theological Seminary, in New York City. He previously served the school as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean. A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (M. Div., 1981) and Union Theological Seminary in New York (Ph.D., 1989), he has been a member of the Seminary’s faculty since 1989. He is the co-author with Scott W. Sunquist of History of the World Christian Movement, a two-volume project that has been written with a consulting team of more than 50 scholars from around the world and published by Orbis Books of Maryknoll, NY. Volume 1, Earliest Christianity to 1453, is now in its fifth printing. Dr. Irvin’s previous books include Christian Histories, Christian Traditioning: Rendering Accounts (Orbis Books, 1998), and The Agitated Mind of God: The Theology of Kosuke Koyama (Orbis Books, 1996), which he edited with Akintunde E. Akinade. His articles have appeared in a number of journals, including Christianity Today, The Ecumenical Review and The Journal of Pentecostal Studies.
Dr. Irvin has held visiting or adjunct appointments at the University of Uppsala, Sweden; Drew University Theological School; Union Theological Seminary, New York; Wake Forest University Divinity School; New Brunswick Theological Seminary; and Regent University School of Divinity. He is currently the Executive Vice President and member of the Editorial Board of The Living Pulpit, a highly acclaimed journal for preaching and he is a founding editor of the Journal of World Christianity. An ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches USA, he is a member of The Riverside Church in New York. He can be heard regularly in churches and other religious institutions as he preaches throughout the New York Metropolitan region and the world.