February 13, 2014 – Tickets are now available!

Purchase tickets here: http://www.memphisseminary.edu/dr-henry-logan-starks-dinner/


For Immediate Release: January 7, 2013


Contact: Erika Conley, 901.334.5841 or 901.292.7129, econley@MemphisSeminary.edu






 Memphis, TN  –  Dr. Steve R. Montgomery of Idlewild Presbyterian Church and Dr. Gina M. Stewart of Christ Missionary Baptist Church will serve as honorary co-chairs for Memphis Theological Seminary’s (MTS) 27th anniversary celebration of the Dr. Henry Logan Starks Scholarship Dinner and Awards Ceremony on February 13, 2014, at the Memphis Hilton Hotel. The evening’s theme is “Illuminating a Legacy of Visionaries.”


The Memphis State Eight., the first group of African American students to integrate than Memphis State, will receive the Legacy Award, and Mrs. Aurelia M. Kyles will receive the Distinguished Service Award.  Organizers also announced recipients of the Outstanding African American Alumni AwardsDr. Verlie Horton., pastor of Christ Tabernacle AME Church, Memphis, TN, and Rev. Bobby G. Baker, senior pastor of Divine Faith Church.


Nationally recognized artist Brenda Joysmith will be featured at this year’s Starks Scholarship Celebration.  Ms. Smith’s artwork has been displayed on both network television and feature films. Brenda’s original pastel paintings are and have been included in many prestigious individual, corporate, and organization collections; including Memphis In May International Festival Collection and the Shelby County Mayor’s Office.


Over 600 guests including community leaders, past recipients, special guests, MTS students, faculty and staff are expected to attend the ceremony. Proceeds from this event help benefit the Dr. Henry Logan Starks Endowment fund, which provides scholarships for African American students pursuing theological education at MTS.  


About the Dr. Henry Logan Starks Scholarship Dinner:

The event honors the legacy of MTS’ first African American professor, Dr. Henry Logan Starks, and salutes individuals who embody his spirit and service.  Dinner proceeds benefit the Henry Logan Starks Scholarship Endowment Fund, which provides scholarships for African American students at MTS.


About the Legacy Award:


The Legacy Award recognizes and affirms a significant accomplishment by an individual or group, whose contributions continue to impact future generations in the areas of race relations and justice.


About the Dr. Henry Logan Starks Distinguished Service Award:


The Distinguished Service Award is presented to an outstanding leader who is a role model and inspiration for others, an advocate for the oppressed and one who gives personal and sacrificial service to better the global community.


About Outstanding African American Alumni Award:


This award is presented to an MTS graduate who has demonstrated a thirst for theological education, a passion for ministry, a commitment to community service and faithfulness of service in ministry on behalf of the impoverished and oppressed.


About Memphis Theological Seminary:


MTS is an ecumenical graduate school of religion that has been in existence in some form since 1852, originally established as a theological department of BethelCollege in McKenzie, TN.  A strategic relocation to Memphis, TN, in 1964 was a defining one for the seminary, which has consistently been committed to scholarship, piety and justice, and to diversity and reconciliation.  In Memphis, the seminary set an intentional course to serve men and women of all races and denominations at a time in our country’s history when racial segregation was deeply entrenched.  For more information about the seminary, visit www.MemphisSeminary.edu.


Tables and tickets:


Contact Dr. Rosalyn R. Nichols, Starks Advancement Director, at 901.334.5808 or


rnichols@ MemphisSeminary.edu to purchase tickets.


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