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Retired County Court Judge and Community Leader Named Northeastern Seminary 2014 Distinguished Alumnus

ROCHESTER, N.Y.— Roy Wheatly King was recognized as the Northeastern Seminary 2014 Distinguished Alumnus on Tuesday, June 17 at the Seminary’s annual Conference on Ministry. King is a retired County Court judge, in Rochester, N.Y. and earned a Master of Arts degree from Northeastern in 2004.

Nominated by the seminary community, Judge King is a man who values his family, community and who loves the Lord. After several years as a Sunday school teacher and active member of the men’s fellowship at the New Progressive Cathedral Church of God In Christ, Judge King desired greater theological understanding and became a member of Cohort 4 as a Master of Arts (Theological Studies) student. During his time at Northeastern Seminary Judge King sought to use his work as a Drug Treatment Court judge as means for carrying out his ministry to people afflicted with drug addiction and substance abuse problems, specifically incorporating biblical principles as part of the treatment regimen of the courts. This has brought a lasting impact to individual lives and the community.

Judge King continues to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees of Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary. Today he embraces his role as assistant pastor at New Progressive Cathedral Church and confidential assistant to the Bishop of the Western N.Y. Jurisdiction for the Church of God in Christ. Judge King is an active member of the Monroe County Bar Association, the Rochester Black Bar Association, a member of the Board of Visitors for the State School at Industry, and judicial hearing officer for the New York Unified Court System. He has also become an established educator within the Rochester community as an adjunct lecturer at Keuka College and the State University of New York, College at Brockport.

In presenting the award, Dean Doug Cullum recalled, “Although Judge King’s list of accomplishments attests to his incomparable work ethic, it also reflects his great desire to share the love of Christ in everything he takes on. Throughout his experiences as a judge and pastor Roy W. King has held Matthew 5:16 as a personal anthem and inspiration: ‘Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.’”

The Northeastern Seminary Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 2009 to recognize graduates of Northeastern Seminary who exemplify faithful service in ministry. Recipients demonstrate such characteristics as innovative approaches to ministry, engagement of their cultural context, perseverance in the face of challenges, excellence in biblical preaching and worship, equipping others to serve, and transformation of self and others through spiritual formation.


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