Drew Theological School Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry Students Realize Their Calling in a Post Pandemic World.
Drew Theological School students earning a Master of Divinity (MDiv) or Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree require determination, drive, and dedication.
Add the complexity of navigating a global pandemic, where students were faced with unforeseen challenges academically, professionally, and personally. Many needed to pivot their lives and congregations to a virtual world. The pivot was permanent in many aspects. Faith leaders must reimagine post pandemic ministry and adapt accordingly. Through Drew’s MDiv and DMin programs, students are prepared to confront the challenges of our ever-changing landscape and become better equipped to respond with innovative and courageous leadership that will inspire and foster change in their communities and beyond.
“I learned to see the signs of change and adapted new ways of thinking to bring clarity to my call and new energy to my ministry,” said the Rev. Dr. David Brawley T’21, Pastor at St. Paul Community Baptist Church in Brooklyn. “During the challenges of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, I realized a greater appreciation of my vocation.” The pandemic prompted the Theological School to introduce asynchronous versions of the core curriculum of many degrees—affording students the opportunity to receive a Drew education from literally anywhere in the world. This has enabled students like Rebecca Maiko T’23 to start her MDiv degree asynchronously from her native Kenya.
Tapiwa Mayonga T’23, an MDiv student from Zimbabwe, is earning her degree from Drew’s campus in Madison. “I realized Drew doesn’t just teach ministry, they also observe social justice—which complements each other and my vocational goals.”
The Theological School is proud of our 2021 MDiv and DMin Black alums who are thriving, along with the congregations they embody.
Nathan Addo-Nartey, Ghana Calvary Methodist Church, Irvington, NJ
James Henry Alexander, Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Greenville, NC
David K. Brawley, St. Paul Community Baptist Church, Brooklyn, NY
LaGreta B. Brown, Shorter AME Church, Morton, PA
A. Craig Dunn, First Baptist Church of Madison, Madison, NJ
sela ‘emalata finau, First UMC, Taylor, TX
Jamel Javon Flag, Emmanuel Congregational Church, UCC, Watertown, NY
Janelle C. Gayle, St. Mark’s UMC, Brooklyn, NY
Shaun Hickmon, Minister, Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York
Harold R. Jolley, Second Macedonia Baptist Church, Philadelphia, PA
Peter Karanja, Hanscom Park UMC, Omaha, NE
Arthur S. Long Jr., Promised Land Missionary Baptist Church, Newark, NJ
Arsene Y. Lumami, Scotia First UMC, North Loop UMC, Greeley UMC, Scotia, NE
Brandon D. McLauchlin, Pastor, Saint Charles AME Zion Church, Sparkill, NY
Sonya McMillan, Associate Minister, Seminary Baptist Church, Paterson, NJ
Suzzette A. Nesbitt, Monumental Baptist Church, Jersey City, NJ
Jason Lawrence Robinson, Pastor, Brooks Church, Saint Leonard, MD
Stacia M. Robinson, Minister, Crawford Memorial UMC, Bronx, NY
Frances Teabout, Open Door Worship Center, Jersey City, NJ
Chinma O. Uche, UMC of East Berlin, East Berlin, CT
John H. Vaughn, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA
Terry J. Washington, Judson Memorial Church, New York, NY
George William Whitfield, Wesley Temple AME Zion Church, Akron, OH
Anita R. Wright, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Montclair, NJ
Drew prepares you for Christian leadership in and for today’s world. All master degree programs can be completed in residence or fully online and scholarships are available. To learn more or apply online to our MDiv or DMin programs, please visit: drew.edu/positive