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Moravian Bishop Hopeton Clennon to Serve as Chaplain for College and Seminary

Bethlehem, Pa., January 7, 2009—Moravian pastor and bishop Hopeton Clennon will begin serving as chaplain for Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary on January 14, 2009.  The Reverend Clennon will replace The Reverend David E. Bennett, who was elected president of the Eastern District of the Moravian Church in North America during the 41st Eastern District Synod. Bennett has served as Chaplain since 2002.

A native of Jamaica, Clennon earned a B.A. in theology at the University of the West Indies and a diploma in Ministerial Studies at United Theological College of the West Indies. He was a member of the Moravian Theological Seminary Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2006.  He brings twenty-five years of experience from five distinctly different pastoral settings: two in Jamaica and three in the United States, including Washington D.C., Nazareth, Pa., and Downey, Calif.

The Rev. Clennon has also been on a number of boards and committees, such as the Interprovincial Faith and Order Commission, and has served as chaplain of Moravian youth camps around the country; he is presently treasurer of the Downey Philatelic Society.  He was a founding member of the service agency Unitas of Jamaica, Ltd. and the Jamaica Ecumenical Mutual Mission.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.

Moravian Theological Seminary is the seminary of the Moravian Church in the United States. The Seminary awards three degrees: Master of Divinity,
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling, and Master of Arts in Theological Studies. The institution also awards certificates in theological studies. For more information, visit www.moravianseminary.edu.