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Hawkins, TX – The Rev. Teresa Hord Owens, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Church), will be the speaker for Jarvis Christian College’s 2018 Founders Day Convocation at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, in the Smith-Howard Chapel on the College campus.

Rev. Owens is the first African-American to hold this post and the second woman to lead the denomination.

Rev. Owens earned the Master of Divinity degree at the University of Chicago Divinity School, where she was a Disciples Divinity House Scholar, and recipient of the John Gray Rhind Award, given to the top M.Div graduate at the Divinity School.

She was ordained at Light of the World Christian Church, wearing the robe of her paternal grandfather, the late Rev. Noel Hord. In August 2005, she was appointed Dean of Students at the University of Chicago Divinity School, where she is responsible for administration and development of academic policy, student advising on personal matters, students’ academic progress, admissions and financial aid, recruiting and PhD student professionalization and placement. She is a member of the Divinity School’s Diversity Committee, and the University’s Diversity Leadership Council. She manages the programming of diversity and inclusion events within the Divinity School and is regularly engaged in this work across campus.

Rev. Owens is widely sought after as a preacher, speaker and workshop facilitator. Her ministry and intellectual interests include a theology of reconciliation, cultural intelligence, developing inclusive and multicultural congregations, and the mentoring of youth and young adults.

Rev. Owens is married to Walter Owens Jr., and they have one son, W. Mitchell Owens III.

Founders/Homecoming activities begin Monday, March 19, and continue through Sunday, March 25. For information, visit www.jarvis.edu or www.facebook.com/JarvisChristianCollege.