HAMPTON, Va. (June 5, 2018) – Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey opened the 104th Annual Ministers’ Conference and 84th Annual Choir Directors’ and Organists’ Guild Workshop at the Hampton University Convocation Center on Monday, June 4, 2018.
Prior to Dr. Harvey’s opening address, the large crowd was blessed with sounds of praise and worship from several musicians, followed by brief words of affirmation from Congressman Bobby Scott, who voiced the importance of voting and making a change throughout Hampton Roads. He also encouraged churches to get involved together to promote voting amongst everyone.
President Dr. Harvey began his welcome by giving honor to the Lord above and thanking Him for allowing him to serve 40 years as President of Hampton University. He continued by expressing his admiration for General Samuel C. Armstrong, who founded the university exactly 150 years ago. “General Armstrong wanted this institute to be profound in academics and character development,” said Dr. Harvey. “Character development being most important and it still is today, along with integrity and respect, which are some of the principles of the university.”
Dr. Harvey went on to speak about the trials and tribulations people face on a general basis. He challenged the audience to stand tall and encourage others. In his inspiring and motivational new book, “Principles of Leadership: The Harvey Leadership Model,” Dr. William R. Harvey, an icon of higher education, shares the insights and philosophy that have shaped his empowering leadership model through hardship.
As he continued on, Dr. Harvey proudly acknowledged the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute, humbly recognizing the advanced technologies and incredible, passionate staff who continuously work together to bring over 50 patients a day focusing on cancer care. “This institution is fighting to cure cancer and save lives,” said Dr. Harvey. “Treating all cancers such as breast cancer, brain cancer, prostate cancer, and more.” Dr. Harvey voiced to the women in the audience to encourage their husbands to get checked for prostate cancer, considering that this type of cancer is 100 percent curable.
As Dr. Harvey concluded his welcome address, he thanked the Lord for blessing him and his family. “I enjoy the blessings that the Lord has so abundantly bestowed upon me and my family,” said Dr. Harvey. “I want you to know that with the help of a lot of people, we have gotten to where we are today. I want you to know that the Lord has ordered my steps and I thank God for my wife Norma of 52 years as she is the straw that steers my drink.” In honor of this year’s theme, Dr. Harvey encouraged all people to ‘Preach Forward’ throughout this year’s Ministers’ Conference.
After the completion of Dr. Harvey’s welcome address, he and his wife, Norma B. Harvey, received a token of appreciation in recognition of the 40 continuous years served at Hampton University, on behalf of the Ministers’ Conference.
About the Hampton University Ministers’ Conference:
The enduring vision of the Hampton University Ministers’ Conference is to be a model of non-sectarian interdenominational cooperation in the African American church and in the world. The conference’s mission is to build and promote the kingdom of God on earth and serve as an opportunity for leaders to come together for an intense time of fellowship, spiritual renewal and discussion of those problems all ministers share together. This conference will continue until June 8th.