Reverend Damon Lynch, Jr., Pastor, New Jerusalem Baptist Church,
Receives Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Reverend Damon Lynch, Jr. received the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, at HUC-JIR’s Graduation Ceremony in Cincinnati. The convocation took place at Isaac M. Wise Temple (8329 Ridge Road) on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm.
Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President, HUC-JIR, states, "Reverend Damon Lynch, Jr.'s professional life is manifested by his commitment to the greater Cincinnati community. His guidance and expertise demonstrate the importance of religious practices within one's faith tradition in nurturing religious collegiality in society and his life reflects a stirring promise to actively engage his Church through a spirit of love."
Reverend Damon Lynch, Jr. is the Pastor of New Jerusalem Baptist Church, a position he has held since 1970. He is heavily involved in the community. Rev. Lynch is the former president of the Baptist Ministers Conference. He has been an instructor in preaching at the Athenaeum at Mt. St. Mary Seminary. He started the first Martin Luther King March, along with Virginia Coffey, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, and Charlene Ventura. In addition, Rev. Lynch was the first President of the Pastors Conference of Greater Cincinnati.
Rev. Lynch is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. He is a member of the Medical Review Board of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, the Board of Directors for Gwen Mooney Funeral Home, the Board of Directors for the Dan Beard Council, Boy Scouts of America, the Board of Directors of University Hospital, the Minority Health Alliance, University Hospital, and the Board of Trustees for University Hospital.
Rev. Lynch received his Bachelor of Science from the Cincinnati Bible Seminary in 1973. In 1991, his Masters of Business Administration from the Graduate Theological Foundation at Notre Dame, where he was voted Class Orator. In addition, he pursued special studies at HUC-JIR, the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, and Thomas Moore College. He received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Temple Bible College in Cincinnati, Ohio, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the College of Mt. St. Joseph.
Rev. Lynch and his wife, Barbara have two children: Rev. Damon Lynch, III, (Regina) Pastor of the New Prospect Baptist Church, and Cristal M. Lynch, M.D., three grandsons, Damon IV, Eric Charles and Kenneth Awari, one granddaughter, Mia.
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Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion is the nation’s oldest institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR’s scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement’s congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR’s campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish history, identity, art, and archaeology, and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.