The Rev. Masango of South Africa to speak at Mary Baldwin

September 19, 1998

As part of a speaking tour organized by the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., the Rev. Maake Masango will speak on “Truth and Reconciliation” on Monday, September 21, 1998. The event will take place in the Miller Chapel at 4:30 p.m.

With extensive experience in leading workshops and conferences, Dr. Masango is past Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa. He has served on the Executive Committee of both the All Africa Council of Churches and the South African Council of Churches. The Rev. Masango currently serves as minister of the St. Giles Presbyterian Church in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Presbyterian youth of the Shenandoah Valley, who met Dr. Masango last summer at Montreat, said: “He has so much to share about South Africa and race relations which could help us here . . .” and “I love to hear him preach– – he inspires us.” The inspiration led these young people to commit to inviting Dr. Masango back to the Shenandoah Valley. During the two-week tour, Dr. Masango will speak at the Massanetta Leadership School, James Madison University, Mary Baldwin University and Bethel Church in Staunton, as well as at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond and Highland Memorial Church in Winchester.

Ordained by the Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa in 1975, Dr. Masango has studied both in South Africa and in the United States. He completed a Diploma in Theology from the Federal Theological Seminary in Alice in 1974. The Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa awarded him a Licentiate in Ministry in 1975. Dr. Masango received a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1981, a Master of Arts in Christian Education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia, in 1982 and a Doctorate of Sacred Theology in 1993, also from Columbia.

Mary Baldwin University, founded in 1842, is a four-year, liberal arts college primarily for women located in Staunton, Virginia. (Men are admitted as students in the Baldwin Online and Adult Programs.) Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or B.S. in 32 majors as well as the M.A.T. degree. The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was also the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. The college also has a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.