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Camden/Kershaw County NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet

Posted: May 1, 2014 2:52 p.m.
Updated: May 2, 2014 5:00 a.m.

The Camden/Kershaw County Branch NAACP will celebrate the 28th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church Family Life Center, 19 Ward Road in Lugoff, at 6 p.m.

The keynote speaker for this event will be Rev. Dr Daniel T. Hembree, pastor of East Camden Charge of the United Methodist Church (Emmanuel and St Matthew United Methodist Churches).

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Hembree attended Morehouse College and later the University of Michigan where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Anthropology. He continued his education at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary where he earned the Master of Divinity degree and thereafter, he attended Northwestern University where he earned a Ph.D. in Religion in Society and Personality.

In addition, Hembree also earned a graduate certificate in African Studies from Northwestern University. His major fields of study and research include Pastoral Theology, Psychology of Religion, Black Theology and the African American Religious Experience.

He has served as Chair of the Department of the Department of Philosophy and Religion and Director of the Center for Vocational Reflection at Claflin University in Orangeburg. He was dean and faculty member of the Youth Theological Initiative of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University; Interim Director of the Center for the Church and the Black Experience and Adjunct Instructor in Pastoral Care and Counseling at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary; Adjunct Lecturer in Religion at Northwestern University and Adjunct Instructor at Kendall College. For eight years he was an HIV/AIDS Counselor for the Department of Health and Human Services in Evanston, Illinois.

Hembree has co-authored a book entitled, You Are the Jewel in the Stone: A Narrative Resource for the Theological Exploration of Vocation, with his wife, Dr. Amenti Sujai and was a contributing editor to the Obsidian II and III: Black and African Literature in Review Journal published by North Carolina State University.

He has served as University Chaplain at Claflin University, Associate Minister at Trinity United Methodist Church in Orangeburg, SC, Assistant Pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Evanston, Illinois, the Assistant to the Pastor in Ministry Development at Greater Christ Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, and completed his Field Education Internship at Bethany Baptist Church in Evanston, Illinois.

Hembree is a member of the Camden/Kershaw County Branch of NAACP. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of HOTEP Christian Services, Inc.

He is active in several academic and social organizations such as the Society of Pastoral Theology where he served as both member and Co-Chair of the Steering Committee; the Society for the Study of Black Religion; the American Academy of Religion; former Steering Committee member of the Afro-American Religious History Committee of the American Academy of Religion; the American Psychological Association; Association of Black Psychologists; former advisory board member of the HOPE Project; the Interfaith Worker Justice; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.; Phi Delta Kappa International and Prince Hall Masons. Hembree and his wife reside in Columbia.

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