Seminary, AME to mark Payne bicentennial

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The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg and leaders of African Methodist Episcopal Church will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of alumnus Daniel Alexander Payne, one of the most influential African-American Christians in the 19th century.
A service celebrating Payne’s life is planned for 7 p.m. Feb. 16 in the seminary’s Chapel, 147 Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg.
Leaders from the AME expected to attend include the Right Rev. Richard F. Norris, bishop of AME’s First District, and the Rev. Leah Gaskin Fitchue, president of Payne Theological Seminary in Ohio. Choirs from LaMott (Philadelphia) and Bethel (Carlisle) AME churches will sing.
Born in South Carolina, Payne fled to the North to pursue an education and ended up studying with the Lutherans in Gettysburg from 1835-37. He engaged in ecumenical outreach ministries sponsored by Lutheran organizations for several years before becoming a leader in the AME church.
Payne served as bishop of the AME church and founded Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio, the first black-owned and -operated institution of higher learning in the nation.

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