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Rev. Dr. Timothy Boddie Joins Divinity School

October 8, 2013 - Rev. Dr. Timothy Boddie, formerly the senior pastor of the Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA, has joined the Shaw Divinity School staff as the coordinator of the Master of Religious Education (MRE) program. As coordinator, Dr. Boddie is responsible for advising all MRE students and teaching several courses in the Divinity School.

As pastor of Friendship Baptist Church, Dr. Boddie also served as Chairman and CEO of Friendship/William V. Guy Tower and Samuel W. Williams Garden Apartments, which provided over 300 units of low-income housing for seniors and other qualified residents. Previously, Dr. Boddie served for 11 years as University Chaplain and Pastor of the Memorial Church at Hampton University in Hampton, VA. As University Chaplain, Dr. Boddie served in a dual capacity, as Campus Minister and as Executive Secretary of the Hampton University Ministers’ Conference. In addition, Dr. Boddie taught in Hampton’s Department of English for 17 years.

In 2007, Dr. Boddie was elected president of the National Association of College and University Chaplains, becoming the first African-American from a historically Black university to serve in this capacity in the organization’s 60-year history.

Born in Raleigh, NC and raised in Newport News, VA, Dr. Boddie holds a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College, a master’s degree from Stanford University and a doctorate from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. He and wife Geulia (pronounced Julia) Diggs Boddie are the parents of two teenage children; Maya Jillian, a freshman at Hampton University, and Timothy Michael a high school sophomore.