When I was invited to serve as the Bridge to the Interim at Trinity Baptist Church of Hanover, New Hampshire, several factors appealed to me. One is the relationship between the congregation and Dartmouth College.
Sandy and Ken Hale nurtured dozens of Dartmouth students in their faith pilgrimage over thirty years here. I can’t duplicate their work, but I was drawn to that aspect of the church’s ministry.
I enjoy the world of academia: plays, lectures, sports, the student newspaper, and all types of cultural events. Since I have been in New Hampshire, I’ve seen a live performance of Twelfth Night, heard the Charles Lloyd Jazz Quartet, participated at the University wide chapel service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and gone to two lectures at the Rockefeller Center on campus.
I was surprised to discover, after I arrived in New Hampshire, that I am officially the Baptist Campus Minister for Dartmouth College—for all Baptists: black Baptists, white Baptists, Cooperative Baptists, American Baptists, Southern Baptists, National Baptists, whatever. This week I assist in interviewing candidates to be the Chaplain of Dartmouth. I love this.
Trinity Baptist is very connected to the Dartmouth family. Students, staff, coaches, and others related to Dartmouth are part of the Trinity family.
I love my Clemson Tigers, but maybe I’ve got a bit of the Ivy League in me too. Go Dartmouth Green!