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Celebrating the work and retirement of Dr. Linda Bryan and Dr. Cheryl Kirk-Duggan

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May 25, 2021

For more information contact:
Shaw University Divinity School
Office of the Dean
118 East South Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 743-5710 or

Shaw University Divinity School to celebrate the retirements of Drs. Linda Bryan and Cheryl Kirk-Duggan, after 27 and 17 years of service, respectively.

Dr. Linda Wright Bryan (27 Years)


Dr. Linda Wright Bryan received her BA from Shaw University, her MDiv from Duke University Divinity School, and her Doctor of Ministry from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at from Virginia Union School of Theology. Dr. Bryan’s professional and community service includes board member for Central Children’s Home, Lott Carey Foreign Missions, Shaw University, and the Steering Committee for the Association of Doctor of Ministry Education.

She also served on the Task Force for Poverty and Homelessness in Wake County, board member of Daughters of Zion Transitional Housing, Inc. and the Health Education and Leadership Project at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta where she served on the Inter-seminary Curriculum Development Team. Additionally, Dr. Bryan served on the National Coalition on sexuality at Howard University. She has served on the Advisory Council for Clinical Pastoral Education at Duke University and the Steering Committee for Chief Academic Officers Society. Dr. Bryan was selected by Oxford University, England to participate in the global discussion of “Religion and State: The Boundaries of Power”, as well as selected to participate in the Faculty Network Seminar Program at New York University. She has preached conferences and presented workshops nationally. She has traveled abroad to six (6) countries where she served, preached and taught. She has received numerous awards and recognitions over the years, including the NAACP Outstanding Award for Religious Affairs, the Visionary Leadership Award by Shaw University Divinity School, SGA Faculty Appreciation Award, The Woman’s Baptist State Convention Outstanding Service Award and was the YWCA Women in Leadership honoree. She is an author of special occasion litanies and various published articles. She is editor of The PETRA Model, contributing author and co-editor to Affirming A Future With Hope, and is completing work on her book. She has served as co-producer and co-host of the weekly television program “Issues of Life”. Dr. Bryan is a disciple at Christian Faith Baptist Church Raleigh where she as Associate Minister, Christian education teacher and Minister of the Women’s Ministry.

Dr. Kirk-Duggan (17 Years)


Dr. Kirk-Duggan received her B.A. in Applied Voice and Piano, Her Master of Music from the University of Texas at Austin; her MDiv from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and her PhD from Baylor University. Rev. Dr. Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan, member of several professional organizations, author and editor of over twenty-five books and numerous articles, is an Ordained Elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.

She serves as Associate minister at Young Missionary Temple CME Church, Raleigh. 2009, 2011, 2017 Recipient of the Excellence in Academic Research Award, Shaw University, Kirk-Duggan is also the 2011 YWCA Academy of Women Honoree in Education: a 2011 Black Religious Scholars Group Honoree; a 2012 Womanist Legacy Honoree Recipient, March 2012, New York City; the 2013-2014 National Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty member of the Year, Shaw University, 2013 Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession of the Society of Biblical Literature Mentor Award Winner; 2015 Austin Seminary Association of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary as Distinguished Alumna for Distinguished Service to the Church. She was the 2016 Westerfelt Lecturer at Austin Seminary. In 2020, Kirk-Duggan appeared in “17 African American Women Theologians You Should Know About.” Known as professor, preacher, priest, prophet, poet, and performer, Dr. Kirk-Duggan is an avid athlete and musician, loves to tinker with her roses, and embraces laughter as her best medicine, with the quest for a healthy, holistic, spiritual life as foundation.

The Shaw University Divinity School provides theological education dedicated to the preparation of clergy and laity for clinical, pastoral, and teaching/research ministry professions. The Divinity School is committed to the development of a research institute whose focus is leadership in the “practice of ministry” in the African American community, particularly in the African American Church. Dr. Johnny B. Hill is the Dean of the Divinity School. For further information regarding, please contact Dr. Annie Tinsley, Director of the MDiv program, 118 East South Street, Raleigh, NC 27601, or call 919-743-5710.

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