Centenary's Christian Leadership Center welcomed Rev. Roderick Belin for annual fundraising dinner

Centenary College’s Christian Leadership Center (CLC) hosted a dynamic and inspirational speaker for its 13th annual fundraising dinner on Thursday, March 21. Rev. Roderick Dewayne Belin, a third-generation minister in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, delivered the keynote address at the annual event celebrating and supporting the CLC.

Belin, a graduate of Morehouse College and Union Theological Seminary, has served congregations in New York, South Carolina, and his native Tennessee. In over 30 years of Christian ministry, he has traveled throughout the United States and around the world spreading a message of love, mutuality, and respect for all people while advocating for justice and liberation. During the dinner, Belin encouraged the Centenary community to promote interfaith dialogue and healing by “Taking up the Cross” for those who are marginalized.

“It is hard to imagine the history of the AME Church without the name ‘Belin’ – Rev. Roderick Belin comes from a family whose own history is intertwined with service to the Church,” says Dr. Jenifer K. Ward, provost and dean of the college at Centenary. “He is both deeply passionate and profoundly intellectual – he stands authentically on the bridge between faith and reason, modeling for us all what it means to live a meaningful and thoughtful life in community with each other.”

The Christian Leadership Center, founded in 1974 as the Church Careers Program, is an ecumenical, faith-based, co-curricular program committed to creating opportunities for Christian leadership development through the intersection of faith and academy. Students in CLC commit to a class, small group, year-long internship program, and theological reflections. The program as a whole is dedicated to theological study, innovative leadership training, interreligious and interdenominational dialogue, issues of peace and justice, and spiritual formation and Christian discipleship.

The 2019 CLC Fundraising Dinner concluded with an announcement of the 2020 speaker, Diana Butler Bass. Please save the date to join us on March 19, 2020. For more information on the CLC program visit centenary.edu/clc.