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Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary

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Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Pastor
Theologian

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink
Favorite Food:
Sweets
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
I Can Do All Things Through Jesus Christ, Who Is My Strength And My Life.

Birthplace

Born:
10/26/1961
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Pastor
Theologian

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink
Favorite Food:
Sweets
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
I Can Do All Things Through Jesus Christ, Who Is My Strength And My Life.

Birthplace

Born:
10/26/1961
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Theologian Rose Eileen Niles McCrary was born on October 26, 1961, in New York City, the daughter of Jean Niles of Brisbane, Australia, and David Niles of St. Vincent, British West Indies. As a child, McCrary grew up in the University Heights Presbyterian Church in the Bronx where she served as a member of Youth Connection. McCrary received her diploma in 1979 from the Bronx High School of Science, and that same year enrolled in Harvard Radcliffe University where she received her B.A. degree in comparative world religion in 1983. In 1990, in addition to receiving her Masters of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School, McCrary also received training in family and group process at Kantor Family Institute and the Family Center, Incorporated in Somerville, Massachusetts.

McCrary was ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament in 1991, by the Presbytery of New York City, and served as Pastor of the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in the Lower Eastside of Manhattan until 1996. McCrary also served as a moderator of the Synod of the Northeast Presbyterian Church. Moving to Mount Vernon, New York, in 1996, McCrary became the Minister of the First Presbyterian Church; included in her ministry are a women’s homeless shelter, a music academy, and an immigration justice ministry. Returning to her studies, McCrary received her doctorate of ministry degree in 1998 from the New York Theological Seminary where she also became a member of the faculty. As a volunteer, McCrary served as a religion professor at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York.

In 2003, McCrary was elected a trustee to the Mount Vernon School District School Board and in 2004 served as the President of the Board. McCrary served for over twelve years as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. McCrary continued to work with the community and speak out on behalf of the underprivileged in Mount Vernon, New York, where she resided with her daughter, Eupha Jeanne.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary describes her father's education and employment
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary describes her parents' marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary describes her father's experience in Harlem
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Reverend Dr. Roles Niles McCrary describes the role of religion in her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary describes her experience in a mixed race family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary talks about her parents' approach to her racial identity, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary talks about her parents' approach to her racial identity, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary describes her childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary describes her family's cultural traditions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary describes her godparents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary describes her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary remembers P.S. 26 in the Bronx, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary describes her childhood aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary describes the diversity of the Bronx
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary recalls her religious influences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Reverend Dr. Rose McCrary recalls the assassinations of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary describes her early experiences of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary talks about racial discrimination in the United States and Australia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary remembers The Bronx High School of Science
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary describes her influences in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary remembers Harvard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary recalls her decision to study religion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary describes the Phillip Brooks House Association
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary recites her poem, 'Diaspora Dreaming'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary describes various approaches to religion, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary describes various approaches to religion, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary describes her religious perspective as an African American woman
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary recalls joining The Kantor Institute staff
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary describes her work at The Kantor Institute
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary describes her calling to the ministry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary talks about Reverend Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary describes her ordination
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary recalls pastoring Emmanuel Presbyterian Church
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary talks about the black Presbyterian clergy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary describes the New York Theological Seminary
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary talks about her interfaith outreach
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary recalls joining the Mount Vernon school board
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary describes her achievements at First Presbyterian Church
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary describes her experiences as a black clergywoman
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary describes her concerns for the black community and how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Rose Niles McCrary narrates her photographs