At its Annual meeting, January 25, 2015, Church in the Highlands voted to honor Dr. Everett Parker by creating a Pastoral Internship bearing his name. The first annual Dr. Everett Parker Pastoral Intern is Maurice Stinnett, who will begin his duties on Sunday, February 22, preaching at our 10 am worship service, and giving the “Children’s Sermon.” A “meet and greet” with light refreshments will be held after the worship service. Be sure to come out and greet Maurice Stinnett, and welcome him to our community of faith! Maurice will also be singing with the choir!
Maurice was born and reared in Springfield, Ohio, where Pastor Gary served for many years as a pastor and community organizer. Pastor Gary and Maurice have had a long association in ministry, and look forward to serving together at Church in the Highlands.
Maurice Stinnett will preach one Sunday per month, beginning February 22, and will be available on the Saturday evening prior to the Sunday he preaches to 1) lead a bible study/film discussion; 2) work with our teenagers and young adults; 3) give the Children’s Sermon; 4) sing in the choir; and 5) perform other duties as assigned by the pastor.
Here is a short “bio” of our new intern:
Maurice A. Stinnett holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, where he examined the social and cultural changes in education and economics and how religion has addressed those changes and inequalities. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Education degree through the Urban Education Leaders Program at Columbia University.
While at Princeton he served as student body president and was a Fund for Theological Education Fellow. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with honors from Central State University. He is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and former Chairman of the World Leadership Program, an educational exchange program initiated by President Obama between Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt and several Ivy League universities.
Maurice is an experienced community organizer and faith-based advocate for justice who has held organizing positions with Prepare the Future Ohio, an NGO funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with the aim of improving student achievement in Ohio, and Call to Renewal, where he helped run a mentoring program in the arts for at-risk youth. He also served as the Education and Community Development Manager for Esperanza, a nonprofit organization serving Philadelphia’s largely Latino/a Hunting Park community, where he coordinated and developed educational and mentoring programs for the community. In addition, Maurice has been involved in the world of higher education, serving as an adjunct professor at Eastern University and the University of the District of Columbia, and as invited speaker on education and diversity topics at multiple colleges and universities.
At CentroNía, Maurice currently serves as Senior Director for Community Engagement and Education and executive team member. He oversees and manages the out-of-school time programs, literacy programs, and community engagement efforts for the organization in Columbia Heights, while coordinating programmatic efforts with DC Bilingual School, a Tier 1 bilingual charter school. A strong believer in the power of education and the abilities of our children and youth, Maurice is a leader who strongly believes that “no one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”