BETHANY, W.Va. – Rev. Bernard “Chris” Dorsey, president of Higher Education and Leadership Ministries (HELM) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), has been as announced as the speaker for Bethany College’s Fall Convocation on Thursday, Sept. 10. Dorsey will address incoming and returning students at 11 a.m. in Commencement Hall at the College's historic Old Main.
Rev. Dorsey is an ordained Disciples minister, and has served as president of HELM since 2014. Dorsey received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Austin, earned a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and is a doctoral candidate at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.
He has taught at a variety of academic and theological institutions and previously served as local church pastor, university chaplain of Clark Atlanta University, and as the Vice President of Development and Marketing at Chicago Theological Seminary.
Rev. Dorsey is the father of 10-year-old daughter, Alanis, and they currently reside in Holland, Michigan, where he maintains a part-time appointment as Assistant Professor of Theology and Preaching at Western Theological Seminary. Some of the courses he has taught in the past include Theology and Social Movements, Theologizing Violence, and the Theologies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King Jr.
As a Disciples institution, Bethany is one of 14 schools in the country to partner with HELM. The organization works with wider church and higher education partners to develop and nurture Christian leaders who are transforming church, society and world. Bethany has also had multiple students take part in the HELM Leadership Fellows Program, which supports undergraduate students who have demonstrated leadership skills and who want to help lead transformative change in the church and the world.
The Fall Convocation is an annual tradition at Bethany, welcoming students back to campus and bringing the entire College community together to celebrate the start of a new academic year. In addition to the main speaker, the College also recognizes high academic achievement from the spring semester.
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.