2012 AC Speakers

Dr. Marvin A. McMickle
Rev. Dr. Tiffany Steinwert


Dr. Marvin A. McMickle

Dr. Marvin A. McMickle will be preaching at the Third Session of the Upper New York Annual Conference. He will preach at the Memorial Service on June 1 at 7:00 p.m., and at the Ordination Service on June 2 at 2:00 p.m.

Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1948, Dr. Marvin A. McMickle is a 1970 graduate of Aurora University in Illinois with a B.A. in Philosophy. His alma mater also awarded him the degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1990. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 1973 and did two additional years of graduate study at Columbia University in New York. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey in 1983. He was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1998. He was also awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters by Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, OH in 2010.

He was ordained to the Christian ministry in 1973 at Abyssinian Baptist Church of New York City where he served on the pastoral staff from 1972-1976. He served as the pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church of Montclair, New Jersey from 1976-1986. During those years Dr. McMickle served on the adjunct faculty at Fordham University, Princeton Theological Seminary, New Brunswick Theological Seminary and New York Theological Seminary. He also taught biblical studies courses inside of Ossining Correctional Center (Sing Sing) in Ossining, New York.

Dr. McMickle has served as the Senior Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio since 1987. During that time he led the church in establishing a ministry for people infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. This ministry was the first of its kind in the entire country. The church also offers ministries in the areas of job training, a hunger center, three AA units, a credit union with over $2 million in assets and a tithing program in which the congregation tithes out to the community 10% of its annual income every year.

He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Cleveland State University in Cleveland, OH. Dr. McMickle was also the Professor of Homiletics at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio from 1996 to 2011. He is the author of 14 books. He has also authored dozens of articles that regularly appear in professional journals and magazines. He is a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. In the winter semester of 2009 he served as a Visiting Professor of Preaching at Yale University Divinity School. He was elected president of CRCDS in May of 2011.

Dr. McMickle has been married to Peggy Lorraine Noble since 1975 and they have one son, Aaron who resides with his wife in New York City.


Rev. Dr. Tiffany Steinwert

Rev. Dr. Tiffany Steinwert will be preaching at the Third Session of the Upper New York Annual Conference. She will be leading Bible Study on June 1 at 8:00 a.m. The theme is "Planting God's Future in Hearts and Neighbors: Called to Till" and the scripture will be Matthew 13: 1-23.

The Rev. Dr. Tiffany Steinwert is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church who has spent her career working at the intersections of faith and social justice. In her many roles as pastor, scholar, and organizer, she has empowered people of all faiths and no faith to build relationships amidst difference, craft meaningful communities and create change through collective action.

 While serving as a pastor in New England congregations, she also worked as a teaching fellow at Boston University and Harvard Kennedy School teaching courses in theology, community organizing and leadership. Trained as a practical theologian, she is interested in how communities of faith respond to and interact with the pressing issues of the contemporary world. Steinwert holds a B.A. degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Williams College in Williamstown, MA, a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology in Boston, MA, and a Ph.D. in Practical Theology from Boston University. 

Among her civic interests, Steinwert serves the Syracuse community as a member of the Religious Roundtable of InterFaith Works of CNY, an advocate for Vera House, and a board member for the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation.