April 10, 2019


Hood Theological Seminary President Vergel Lattimore will address MTSO graduates


Hood Theological Seminary President Vergel L. Lattimore will deliver the 2019 commencement address at MTSO. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. May 25 in Dickinson Courtyard on the MTSO campus, 3081 Columbus Pike in Delaware. Guests are welcome, and tickets are not required.

Lattimore is an emeritus professor of pastoral care and counseling at MTSO, where he served on the faculty for 22 years and led the school’s Master of Arts in Counseling Ministries program prior to his retirement in 2012. He has served as Hood’s president since 2014.

An ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Lattimore earned his Ph.D. from Northwestern University, Master of Divinity from Duke University Divinity School and Bachelor of Arts from Livingstone College, majoring in social welfare.

A licensed Independent Marriage and Family Therapist, he is a fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

In addition, he served in the Air National Guard as assistant to the chief of chaplains at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., and was the first African-American chaplain to attain the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force and the Air National Guard.

“Dr. Lattimore has distinguished himself in service to the church, our nation, the counseling profession and the academy,” said MTSO President Jay Rundell. “Among those who remember his time on our campus, he is regarded with deep respect and genuine affection. We’re fortunate to be able to offer our graduates the benefit of his wisdom.”

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 25 ceremony.

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


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