Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale, Obama appointee, to speak Feb. 16 at Roanoke College

SALEM, Va. - The Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale, founding and Senior Pastor of the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Ga. and an appointee to President Barack Obama's Commission on White House Fellowships, will speak Wednesday, Feb. 16 at Roanoke College.

The program, hosted by the Roanoke College Office of Multicultural Affairs, will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Antrim Chapel on campus.

Hale, a Roanoke native, was inducted into the African American Biographies Hall of Fame and the Martin Luther King Board of Preachers of Morehouse College. In 2008, she was selected by then-Sen. Barack Obama and the Democratic Party to give the opening invocation at the Democratic National Convention. In 2009, Hale read Scripture during the Inaugural Interfaith Prayer Service, held the morning after President Obama's inauguration.

Hale holds a Master of Divinity from Duke University and a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. She serves on the Board of Trustees at Hollins University, is Interim Chair of the Board of Directors at Beulah Heights University, is chair of the Board of Directors for the City of Hope Ministries, Inc. and was elected to the office of Assistant Secretary for the Hampton Ministers' Conference.

Her newly released book is "I'm A Piece of Work! Sisters Shaped by God."

Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just 280 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast" and U.S. News & World Report includes Roanoke on its "Up-and-coming National Liberal Arts Colleges" list.

Released: February 14, 2011
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