Pfeiffer University News
Pfeiffer remembers the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan. 21
- Published on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 ( 8:55 pm )
Lexington Pastor Rev. Dr. Donnell FitzJefferies shares King's legacy of service and leadership
To celebrate and commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his notable legacy of service and civic action, Pfeiffer University will present â€œMartin Luther King, Jr.: As a Servant Leaderâ€ by the Rev. Dr. H. Donnell FitzJefferies, senior pastor of Brooks Temple-St. Stephen United Methodist Church Charge in Lexington, N.C. The free, public event will be held on Friday, Jan. 21.
Sponsored by University Ministries and the Francis Center for Servant Leadership at Pfeiffer, FitzJefferies' message will begin at 10 a.m. in the Henry Pfeiffer Chapel on the Misenheimer campus. The event is designed to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while further emphasizing the university's mission of service, learning and leadership.
FitzJefferies has a calling and passion to address issues of social justice. During his tenure as the director of Nurturing and Ethnic Ministries, he was a key advocate in the establishment of the Bridge Builders Program within the Western North Carolina Conference (WNCC) of the United Methodist Church. He served as a trainer to teach others how to facilitate this Bridge Builders program, which addressed issues of diversity and inclusiveness. He has also been a member of the WNCC Commission on Religion and Race and served as a board member of GRAIN (Guilford Regional Aids Network).
A High Point, N.C. native, FitzJefferies has been a United Methodist church pastor for more than twenty-three years. He has served as pastor of Brooks Temple-St. Stephen United Methodist Church Charge since 2009. He has held similar positions at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Charlotte, Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Greensboro, N.C., and Barry Temple-Wilson Chapel United Methodist Church Charge in Asheville. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C.
An ordained elder and deacon with the WNCC United Methodist Church, Fitzjeffries earned degrees from Boston University, Duke University School of Divinity and Hood Theological Seminary, respectively.