About The Dinner..

RESERVE YOUR TABLE! Contact Rosalyn R. Nichols, 901.334.5808 , 901 619-6311 cell, rnichols@MemphisSeminary.edu.

Join MTS Thursday, February 21, 2013, at the Memphis Hilton from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. to honor our outstanding award recipients.

The 2013 Award Recipients are:

Reginald W. Coopwood, M.D., President & CEO - President's Humanitarian Award

Mrs. Ruby Bright, Executive of the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis - Distinguished Service Award

Rev. Marlon Foster- Outstanding African American Alumnus

Dr. Debra Matthews - Outstanding African American Alumna

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

postheadericon 2013 Dr. Henry Logan Starks Dinner

For Immediate Release: January 8, 2013


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




Memphis, TN  -  The Honorable A C Wharton, Mayor of Memphis, and the Honorable Mark J. Luttrell, Mayor of Shelby County, will serve as honorary co-chairs for Memphis Theological Seminary’s (MTS) 26th anniversary celebration of the Dr. Henry Logan Starks Scholarship Dinner and Awards Presentation on February 21, 2013, at the Memphis Hilton Hotel. Gary Shorb, president/CEO of Methodist Healthcare will be the keynote speaker for the evening.


Reginald Coopwood, M.D., president/CEO of the Regional Medical Center at Memphis (The MED), will receive the President’s Humanitarian Award, and Ruby Bright, Executive Director of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, will receive the Distinguished Service Award.  Organizers also announced recipients of the Outstanding African American Alumni Awards:  Rev. Debra Matthews, D.Min., pastor of Highland Drive Christian Church (DOC), Jonesboro, AR, and Rev. Marlon T. Foster, Founder & Executive Director/Pastor of Knowledge Quest and Christ Quest Community Church.


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 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 the Presidents Humanitarian Award: 

The President’s Humanitarian Award is presented to an ambassador of goodwill who, with faith and compassion, builds the community of God by breaking down barriers that separate us and improves the welfare of humankind.


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 Bethel College 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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