Rev. Bracy to Spearhead Launch of B-CU School of Religion
Bethune-Cookman University has named Rev. Dr. Randolph Bracy Jr. a Distinguished Professor and appointed him to help launch a new School of Religion.
The new School of Religion at B-CU is scheduled to enroll its first students in 2015, Bracy said. The school will offer a master’s of divinity and a master’s of art in religion. Fifty to 75 students will comprise the inaugural class.
“The founder of B-CU, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, believed in Christian principles and she loved the Lord,” B-CU President Dr. Edison O. Jackson said. “Thus, a School of Religion is a building block on the foundational principles that she embraced. This is just an extension of her dream and her vision for the university. Dr. Bethune would be delighted if she were alive today.”
The school will not only train pastors, but will also develop youth ministers, administrators and others interested in serving in the ministry, Bracy said. Also, the school will offer a broad appeal to all races.
“We want to offer a global perspective on Christianity, so we will reach out to Hispanics, Asians and other groups that have been historically underrepresented. We can help with the training of the future pastors of these churches,” Jackson said.
Bracy, a 1967 graduate of Bethune-Cookman, has earned a master’s of education from Florida A&M University, a master’s of divinity from the Colgate-Rochester Divinity School and a doctorate of education from the University of Florida.
Over his 35-year history in ministry, Bracy has the distinction of having preached on six of the seven continents with the exception of Antartica. He continues to be involved in the life and ministry of several denominations via Bible conferences, lay academies, retreats, revivals and church growth conferences.
Bracy has served as a visiting professor and lecturer at the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia; the Palmer Theological Seminary of Philadelphia; the Colgate-Rochester Divinity School in New York; and as adjunct professor of Homiletics and Black Church History at the Asbury Theological Seminary in Florida.
A former trustee at Bethune-Cookman University, Bracy serves on the Board of Advisors at the College of Law at the Florida A&M University Law School. Also, he has served as president of the Orange County branch of the NAACP. He and his wife, Dr. LaVon Wright Bracy, retired from the New Covenant Baptist Church of Orlando in 2012.
Bracy and his wife are the parents of two children and two grandchildren.
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Founded in 1904 by Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement. B-CU offers baccalaureate degrees in 37 majors through six academic schools – Arts & Humanities; Business; Education; Nursing; Science, Engineering and Mathematics; and Social Sciences – and maintains intercollegiate athletic programs and instrumental and choral groups that have achieved national recognition. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of more than 3,400.