April 7, 2017


Rev. Traci Blackmon will deliver MTSO commencement address


Rev. Traci Blackmon, a United Church of Christ administrator and pastor, will deliver the 2017 commencement address at Methodist Theological School in Ohio. The commencement ceremony begins at 11 a.m. May 20 in Dickinson Courtyard on the MTSO campus, 3081 Columbus Pike in Delaware. Guests are welcome, and tickets are not required.

Blackmon is acting executive minister of justice and witness ministries for the United Church of Christ and also serves as senior pastor of Christ the King UCC in Florissant, Missouri. Initially ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, she served in various ministry capacities for nine years prior to becoming ordained in the UCC.

In the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Blackmon was appointed to the Ferguson Commission by Gov. Jay Nixon and to the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships by President Barack Obama. She serves on the boards of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Chicago Theological Seminary and WomanPreach!

MTSO will award master’s degrees in divinity, counseling ministries, theological studies and practical theology, as well as Doctor of Ministry degrees, at the May 20 ceremony. It will be broadcast on MTSO's Livestream page.

Methodist Theological School in Ohio provides theological education and leadership in pursuit of a just and sustainable world. In addition to the Master of Divinity degree, the school offers master’s degrees in counseling, theological studies and practical theology, along with a Doctor of Ministry degree.

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Danny Russell, communications director
drussell@mtso.edu, 740-362-3322