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Reverend Emmanuel McCall

Pastor, scholar, and author Reverend Emmanuel McCall was born on February 4, 1936, in Sharon, Pennsylvania. As a native of Sharon, McCall matriculated at the public schools of West Shenango in Township, Pennsylvania. After graduating high school, he attended Simmons Bible College, University of Louisville, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Emory University. McCall holds four degrees including a doctorate of ministry from Emory University. He also has honorary degrees from Simmons Bible College and United Theological Seminary in Louisiana.

McCall was a faculty member at Southern Baptist Seminary from 1970 until 1996, where he developed the Black Church Studies program that was later used by three SBC seminaries. He also served as visiting professor at theological seminaries in Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, West Africa, and Emory University. McCall has written four books and has contributed chapters to thirty-one others. He has also written for denominational and theological magazines. McCall has served on the board of trustees for the Interdenominational Theological Center since 1978. He also served on the board of the Atlanta University Center, the board of governors of the Georgia Association of Pastoral Care, the Ethics Commission of the Baptist World Alliance, and the Arrangements Committee for the International Summit of Baptists Against Racism and Ethnic Conflict, just to name a few. He has received many honors and recognitions, such as the E.Y. Mullins Distinguished Denominational Service Award in 1990, which is the highest recognition given by the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1999, he was inducted in the Morehouse College “M.L. King Board of Preachers,” and he also received the James H. Costen Award from the Interdenominational Theological Center.

McCall is married to Emma Marie McCall. They are the parents of two children and five grandchildren.

Accession Number

A2004.181

Sex

Male

Interview Date

9/25/2004

Last Name

McCall

Maker Category
Occupation
Organizations
Speakers Bureau

Yes

Speakers Bureau Availability

Any

First Name

Emmanuel

Birth City, State, Country

Sharon

HM ID

MCC05

Speakers Bureau Preferred Audience

Adults, Seniors

Speakers Bureau Honorarium

No

Favorite Season

Spring

Speaker Bureau Notes

Preferred Audience: Adults, Seniors

State

Pennsylvania

Favorite Vacation Destination

Hawaii

Favorite Quote

None

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Georgia

Birth Date

2/4/1936

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Atlanta

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Gumbo (Louisiana)

Short Description

Pastor and theologian Reverend Emmanuel McCall (1936 - ) served on the faculty at Southern Baptist Seminary, where he developed the Black Church Studies program that was later used by three SBC seminaries. He also served as visiting professor at theological seminaries in Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, West Africa, and Emory University.

Employment

Southern Baptist Seminary

Theological Seminaries in Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, West Africa, and Emory University

Favorite Color

Blue

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DAStories

Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Reverend Emmanuel McCall's interview

Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall lists his favorites

Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall talks about his parents

Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall recalls his naming and a prediction about his call to ministry

Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall talks about his father

Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall talks about his maternal grandparents

Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall talks about his father's Gullah heritage

Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall recalls his earliest childhood memory

Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall recalls the sounds, sights and smells of his childhood

Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall describes the farming community near Farrell, Pennsylvania where he was raised

Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall talks about the racism he encountered in the South and the prejudice against ethnic whites in his hometown community

Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall lists his siblings

Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall recalls attending Stoney Hill School in West Middlesex, Pennsylvania

Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall recalls his childhood church in Wheatland, Pennsylvania

Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall remembers his school activities and the work ethic he learned from his father

Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall remembers attending West Middlesex Joint Consolidated School in West Middlesex, Pennsylvania

Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall describes influential members of his childhood church

Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall remembers his call to ministry

Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall describes his postsecondary education and theological training

Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall recalls meeting his wife and teaching and pastoring in Louisville, Kentucky until 1968

Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall describes his experience as an African American at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky

Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall recalls racial tensions at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky

Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall describes beginning an interracial minister's conference

Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall talks about becoming the first African American executive in the Southern Baptist Convention

Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall talks about reactions to the Black Power Movement amongst African Americans and whites

Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall talks about alliances between the Southern Baptist Convention and black Baptist conventions

Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall recalls the schism in Union Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia in 1991

Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall talks about establishing Christian Fellowship Baptist Church in College Park, Georgia

Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall recalls pastoring 28th Street Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky

Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall explains how he addressed the damage caused by the split at Union Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia

Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall recalls earning his doctorate in ministry from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia

Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall recalls fellow ministry student Edward Wheeler

Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall describes the basis of his pedagogy

Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall reflects on what distinguishes his church

Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall reflects upon mega-churches

Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall shares his thoughts on gospel rap and the necessity of theological training

Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall reflects upon changes in values in the black church

Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall talks about books he has written

Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall details his travels

Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall talks about his experiences in Africa

Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall reflects upon the African Heritage Bible and ethnic depictions of Jesus

Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall critiques current Southern Baptist Convention's leadership and politics

Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community

Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall reflects upon his life and hopes for the future

Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall describes how he would like to be remembered

Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall reflects upon his legacy

Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall offers a message to future generations

Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall narrates his photographs, pt. 1

Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Reverend Emmanuel McCall narrates his photographs, pt. 2

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DATitle
Reverend Emmanuel McCall recalls his naming and a prediction about his call to ministry
Reverend Emmanuel McCall talks about becoming the first African American executive in the Southern Baptist Convention
Transcript
And Sam [Reverend Samuel] DeLane became a very forceful person in our family life; not only because he was my dad's [George McCall] adopted father, spiritual mentor to us. He also had the privilege in naming me. And so that's why I have two biblical names, Emmanuel Lemuel. He was very--I want to say legalistic in religious affairs. He took very seriously that in the Old Testament they dedicated babies after eight days. And so on the eighth day after my birth they--a group of the members had a fellowship and that fellowship was for my naming. And my dad gave him the privilege of giving me the name. And he made a prediction his prediction was that I would preach. And for that reason he gave me the biblical names Emmanuel, which means "God with us," Lemuel, which is "son of wisdom," coming out Solomon. And then he made the eight people who were witnesses to that swear that they would not say a word about it until it actually happened. And at age fourteen I announced my sense of call to ministry. And on the day that I was presented to do an initial sermon Reverend DeLane, who was no longer pastor of the church then, but he was present. And he called on the eight people who were eyewitnesses to stand, and he recounted my naming on that eighth day.$But during those two years I had made--during that span of time I'd made a reputation for myself as one who could help deal with interracial situations. One of my colleague--one of my seminary professors had come to what was the Home Mission Board [North American Mission Board, Alpharetta, Georgia] here in Atlanta [Georgia], as the director of missions. His name was Hugo [H.] Culpepper, and Hugo was a part of our activity in Louisville [Kentucky] and persuaded the Home Mission Board. That there ought to be a black staff person to help Southern Baptists nationally deal with the matter of race. And he in time convinced the leadership including the board of directors and then they said well find the man. And I was chosen, so in May of 1968, I was elected first black to have an executive position in the Southern Baptist Convention. And I did not give to move to Atlanta until August of that year because my wife [Emma Marie Johnson McCall] was pregnant with my daughter [Evalya McCall Morris]. And we needed for her to not only have the birth which occurred in June but time for the healing. So we moved here in August.$$Uh-hm.$$And I worked at the Baptist Home Mission Board for twenty-three years from '68 [1968] to '91 [1991]. And during that time the first from '68 [1968] to '74 [1974] I was an associate to Victor Gladys [ph.]. And then in '75 [1975] I became the director of the department. And then an '85 [1985] director of the division. They expanded the operation I had close oh to three hundred people in this states. All of the states where we had Southern Baptists organize, they were doing several things racial reconciliation (simultaneous).$$(Simultaneous) Okay.$$Working for the development of African American churches, assisting historically black colleges and universities [HBCUs] in their existent survival.