ATLANTA (May 6, 2013) - Clark Atlanta University (CAU) announced today that Edward P. Wimberly, Ph.D., acting president of the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta will deliver the baccalaureate address Sunday, May 19, at 5 p.m. in the Vivian Henderson Center’s Leonidas Epps Gymnasium, located at the corner of Vine Street and Atlanta Student Movement Boulevard (formerly fair Street).
Wimberly’s career as an academician has spanned more than 30 years and includes a rich background in pastoral care and counseling. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in pastoral psychology and counseling, a Master of Sacred Theology degree with a concentration in sociology of religion, and a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree, all from Boston University School of Theology in Boston.
Wimberly also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz. Prior to his appointment as acting president, he held several prestigious posts at ITC, including associate professor of psychology of religion and pastoral care from 1975-1983, which was funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation.
Wimberly took a brief hiatus from ITC from 1983 until 1991, and during that time he worked as associate professor of pastoral care and associate dean of doctoral studies for the School of Theology at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., from 1983 to 1985. From 1985 to 1991, he served as associate professor of pastoral theology and director of the Church and the Black Experience at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill. In 1991, Wimberly returned to ITC with his appointment as Jarena Lee Professor of Pastoral Care. He also served as vice president for Academic and Student Affairs/provost at ITC from 2001 until 2011.
Between teaching, Wimberly still finds time to heal and preach as he enjoys several appointments as a counselor and pastoral consultant. He was ordained an Elder in the Peninsula Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1969 and transferred to the New England Conference within that same year. Within the United Methodist Church, he has served as pastor for Immanuel Church in Winchendon, Mass., from 1966 through 1968, and for St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Worcester, Mass., from 1968 until 1974.
Wimberly hails from Philadelphia and has been married for 46 years to retired ITC professor Anne E. Streaty Wimberly, director of the Youth Hope-Builders Academy at ITC. The two are considered authorities in pastoral care and counseling and have published many books that are constantly referenced and utilized in classrooms at universities worldwide.