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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2015
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UNION HIRES SENIOR PASTOR AT 19TH STREET BAPTIST CHURCH AND FAITH ADVISOR TO PRESIDENT OBAMA
New York, NY — After seventeen years at Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in Washington, Senior Pastor Derrick Harkins, former Director of Faith Outreach for the Democratic Party and advisor to President Obama, is leaving his flock and his city for a different kind of social justice ministry. In June, Harkins will become the Senior Vice President for Innovations in Public Programming at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.
“Union has a long tradition of advancing the cause of justice in the church, in the academy, and in the world,” said Harkins. “I’m looking forward to bringing together my pastoral, policy, and educational experience to the task of sharing the great work at Union with an even larger public audience. Union is an exceptional place, and I feel incredibly blessed by this opportunity.”
In this new position, Harkins will develop programming aimed primarily at those not enrolled in Union’s degree programs. This includes continuing and online education, public events, and the work of the institutes and initiatives housed at Union.
“As we look at the changing landscape of religion in America today, we have an incredible opportunity to reimagine seminary education,” said Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, president of Union. “We must invite a broader public audience into a conversation about the connections between faith, scholarship, and social justice. Derrick Harkins is the perfect