Nyack and Seminary Alumni Celebrate MLK Day in Israel

Two media outlets in the Middle East, jewishweek.timesofisrael.com and Haaretz.com covered the story of four New York churches that travelled together as “the Brooklyn United Churches Holy Land Pilgrimage.”

Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary graduates were among the pastors who were joined by members of their congregations. The group included Pastor Charles Galbreath (NC, ’06; ATS, ’09) of Clarendon Road Church (top photo); Pastor Lesly Milord (NC ’97; ATS ’16) and Pastor Mullery Jean-Pierre (NC ’00) both of Beraca Baptist Church; Pastor Gilford Monrose (NC ’04) of Mt. Zion Church of God and Pastor Clifton McDowell (NC ’95; ATS ’02) of Church of God of East New York (bottom photo). Alumnus Christopher Smith (NC ’10), on the ministerial staff of Clarendon Road Church, served as a trip organizer.

Prior to the conclusion of their weeklong journey, on Monday, in Jerusalem, the five Nyack/ATS alumni and their combined congregations—some 200 people—gathered for prayer in Jerusalem and paid tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as the late Civil Rights leader was being celebrated back at home in the United States. Pastor Jean-Pierre was the keynote speaker at the commemorative service.

Photo credit: Christopher Smith