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News from the Hill September 27, 2013 | back to index

Welcome Rev. Ellis Washington!

Rev. Washington, a native of Detroit, Michigan, and a veteran pastor in the A.M.E. tradition, now serves Grant African Methodist Episcopal Church Boston, Massachusetts. He has supervised Andover Newton field education students for three years, from his earliest days at Grant AME.

imageRev. Washington moved to the Boston area from Philadelphia, where he served as President of Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity. While in that post he led the organization in endorsing Barack Obama for Democratic Nominee for President of the United States. He has appeared on CNN’s Election Center with Campbell Brown, American Morning, and the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.

A former Gospel Radio announcer on 1380 WAOK in Atlanta, Georgia, he has been noted as “The Voice” and “The Communicator.” He is also formerly the host of the number one rated “Quiet Storm” on V-103 in Atlanta and “Sunday Morning Praise & Worship” on Magic 98.3 in Columbus, GA. While in Cartersville, GA he was instrumental in persuading the city council to rename a street in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

His experience in college as a Broadcast Communication major provided Rev. Washington with an interest in how communication works. He believes a message can be delivered through the pulpit as well as in the major media, having an impact on today’s world. His desire is to make God’s word relevant to this present age. With his acclaimed popularity in the arena of broadcasting and respect in Christian Ministry, this nontraditional pastor is much sought after as a keynote speaker, guest preacher, and now teacher of ministers.

Dean Drummond says, “From the first time I met Rev. Washington, I was impressed by his warmth, his clear communication, his wisdom, and his down-to-earth sense of humor. Students have described him as a leader of uncompromising integrity and immense patience. I know he’ll enrich our School with his teaching.”

Rev. Washington will partner with Professor Elizabeth Nordbeck as the Resident Ministry Practitioner in her course on US Religious History, and he will lead a seminar for field education students in that course as they make connections between it and their ministry journeys in field education.