Suzan Johnson Cook on Why the Hampton Ministers’ Conference Still Matters

Dr. Suzan Johnson-Cook (Dr. Sujay) was the first woman to be elected president of the Ministers’ Conference in 2002. c/o Hampton University
Dr. Suzan Johnson-Cook (Dr. Sujay) was the first woman to be elected president of the Ministers’ Conference in 2002.
c/o Hampton University

This is my 31st consecutive year in attendance at one of the greatest conferences in the world, the Hampton Ministers conference.

I started attending when I was a new seminarian. We couldn’t afford to fly back then, so we car pooled, and along the way, would join other car pools on their way to “Hampton”. It was, and still is, an amazing “experience”

It can be summed up with yesterday’s lineup, and theme as we looked at the past and looked towards the future. Powerful.

We were in worship services from 8:30 in the morning, starting with Pastor E. Dewey Smith of Georgia, a combination of Holy Ghost power, intellect and charisma, followed by New York’s Dr. James A. Forbes, a most requested lecturer, then Dr Cynthia James, of Dallas, Texas who dealt with power and justice, and luncheon preacher from Virginia.

Then 1,500 women ministers, yes 1,500, crowded into the Student center for the Women in Ministry hour, something I started and helped to build some 25 years ago, when it was still questioned by many as to whether women should have full participation in the conference.

Pastor Susie of Washington, DC was our guest preacher, and the place went wild for the Lord. We gave our Founders awards to women who had worked with me, all along the way, as we had to have our secret “underground railroad meetings” years ago.

The night before, I along with four other Past presidents, received gifts for our leadership in front of the entire body,. When they read my name, and reminded them I was the FIRST and only female President, and US Ambassador, the place erupted.The sisters AND the brothers stood up.

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SOURCE: The Huffington Post
Ambassador Sujay was the 3rd Ambassador at Large for International religious freedom, the first Female President of the Hampton Ministers Conference, the lst female Chaplain of NYPD and the creator of the ProVoiceMovement for women.

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