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Dr. Randolph W. Nugent


After retiring from his position as general secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries, Randolph served for seven years as pastor of Vanderveer Park United Methodist Church in Brooklyn, N.Y. As general secretary, he managed the largest agency of United Methodism with an annual budget totaling over $100 million. The board deploys thousands of mission workers around the world and administers relief programs through the United Methodist Committee on Relief. The Board of Global Ministries includes the Women's Division, which supervises the work of more than a million members of United Methodist Women. Randolph was educated at Hunter College where he received a BA in English and a M.A. in English literature. He later earned his masters of divinity at the Drew University School of Theology and his doctorate of ministry from New York Theological Seminary. In recognition for his long service as a leader in the Methodist Church, he has received four honorary degrees from institutions in Arkansas, Illinois, Mississippi, and Zaire, Africa. The Randolph W Nugent Mission Center (dedicated in 2003) was named in his honor, as was the Randolph W. Nugent Chair in Mission Studies at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark. He has served five different churches as pastor, and has held numerous volunteer leadership positions including membership on the Drew University board of trustees. He is married to Barbara Montgomery, who before her retirement served as the chief librarian for the New York State Library for the Blind and Handicapped. The couple has two daughters, Patricia and Melissa.


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