Hackettstown, N.J., October 6, 2017 – Najee Evans, a Social Work student from Hillside, was recently ordained at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Newark.
Reverend Evans is a junior and founder of Every Person in Christ, a spiritual group on campus. His leadership roles on the Centenary campus ranges from Resident Assistant, Second Year Leader, Chaplain for the Black Student Union, Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society member and a Senate member for the Student Government. Reverend Evans knew that he was interested in the seminary since he was 16 years old. After attending the Northern Baptist School of Religion in Newark for two years, Reverend Evans was licensed to preach on September 14, 2014. After three years, he was ordained at the Abyssinian Baptist Church by the United Missionary Baptist Association Council of Preachers. His family has been active members of their congregation since the 1940s. His grandmother had been attending the church since she was five years old.
“My great-great grandmother always wanted a preacher as a grandchild, so this opportunity is such an accomplishment for me,” says Reverend Evans. “My calling is not to impress. My calling is to have an impact. I have preached at over 30 churches and take public transportation to locations near and far. I am so proud of this accomplishment.”
So, what is in store for Reverend Evans once he graduates?
“My interests are very diverse,” he says. “I would like to explore becoming a College Pastor or a Social Worker advocating for young adults living in poverty who are vulnerable and oppressed.”
Whatever the case, one thing is for sure. We can expect wonderful accomplishments from Reverend Najee Evans in the future!
Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.
Centenary University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County). The Centenary School of Professional Studies offers degree programs online and in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, online, as well as corporate sites throughout New Jersey.