Black United Methodist House of Study
We invite you to join one of United’s emerging Houses of Study. As Houses are developed and sufficient enrollment is reached, we will launch the new House of Study. This is a great opportunity to be a part of something new. Learn more about how United’s developing Houses of Study can equip you for ministry as you learn from an expert in the field.
If you are considering one of United’s Houses of Study, you may be eligible for the new House of Study Scholarship!
The UMC Black church originates from a church context of oppressed, segregated people who believe in Jesus Christ for equality and equity, simultaneously ministering for love and justice in and beyond the church. In this era of rapid social change, the Black church confronts many challenges to its ministry and customs. As such, students need instruction that anchors values while helping in the capacity to adapt.
Students will receive relevant instruction from spiritual leaders, qualified experientially and academically, to equip you for the new ways of being Black church in the 21st century.
Investigations will include:
• Disciple making for new generations of Black people
• The movement from seeking mega church to enjoying smaller churches in the Black experience
• Social justice and the Black church
• Evangelism: recruitment and a good message
• Black church planting and Black church revitalization
• Adapting the Black church’s in the 21st Century
In the multi-ethnic United Methodist Church world, this is for you. Join us.
Beginning in Fall 2022, Black United Methodist tracks are available through United's Master of Divinity, Master of Ministry, and Master of Arts in Christian Ministries degrees, so you can pursue your studies through your program of choice.
Click here to view the area and degree requirements for each program.
*The establishment and maintenance of Houses of Study at United Theological Seminary are dependent on sufficient enrollment.
Meet the Director
Rev. Dr. Vance P. Ross
Pastor Vance P. Ross was appointed to serve as the senior pastor of Central United Methodist Church in 2018. From 2015 to 2018, Ross served as Director of Annual Conference Relationships for Discipleship Ministries, formerly GBOD. He connected the agency with annual conference leaders for the purpose of building and strengthening the core process of disciple making in local church ministries.
From 2011 to 2015 he served as Senior Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church, an urban church of 1100 members. The congregation’s worship attendance increased from 200 to 340 in less than four years. Over 100 persons joined the congregation with more than 50 adult baptisms. Nashville’s first local church housed Freedom School, as well as the Brother’s Keeper Men’s Ministry each began under his leadership. Gordon was also cited by Discipleship Ministry’s Romans 12 project for its “Big Events” evangelistic outreach to the community. Ross served on the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) Leadership Team from 2004-2011 as its first ever Deputy General Secretary after serving as Associate General Secretary for the Discipleship Ministries Unit from 2004-2008.
From 1998-2004 Pastor Ross served the First United Methodist Church, Hyattsville, MD. He led this 1,300 member multicultural church: 6 consecutive years of attendance from 337 to 484average attendance; from 1 to over 15 weekly bible studies; multicultural staff growth; a second campus; English as a second language classes; Spanish language worship celebration.
A native of Bluefield, WV, Ross has received numerous honors and awards. He received the Copher/Branch Old Testament Award and twice won the Isaac R. Clark Preaching Award at the ITC. He twice received Vision Awards from the Convocation of Black Churches (United Methodist). Ross received Man of the Year Award at Simpson Church, a servant leader award at Clark Memorial Church, Nashville and a Citizen’s Award from Hyattsville, MD’s city council.
He is married to the Rev. Bridgette D. Young Ross, Dean of the Chapel and Spiritual Life at Emory University, Atlanta, GA. He has three adult children: Kristina, Alyssa and Bryant. He has two grandchildren, Christopher and Jaylie.