President David L. Beckley and the Rust College family is pleased to announce Mrs. Angella CurrentFelder will visit the campus and speak to students during the President's 146th Annual Mid-Year
Convocation, scheduled Tuesday, January 8. The President's Mid-Year Convocation will be held in the Doxey Alumni Fine Arts-Communication Center, beginning at 2:40 p.m.
Angella Patricia Current-Felder, is a graduate of Morgan State College and the University of Michigan's School of Social Work. Mrs. Current-Felder joined the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry in December 1985 as Executive Director of the Office of Loans and Scholarships, a position that she held until her retirement on July 1, 2010. She was responsible for the administration and management of the
Office of Loans and Scholarships, which awards approximately $6 million in loans and scholarships to over 3,500 students annually.
During the period of 1975 to 1985, Mrs. Current-Felder served as Executive Director for the following human service organizations: Shiloh Family Life Center, Washington, D.C.; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Washington, D.C.; and the Northern Virginia Urban League, Alexandria, Virginia. From 1973 to 1975, Ms. Current-Felder served as a senior planner with
the Commonwealth of Virginia's Department of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Assistant Director/Instructor in the Urban Studies Program at Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia. Mrs. Current-Felder's earlier employment opportunities included: Legislative Secretary, Senator Charles Mathias, Washington, D.C.; Instructor/Administrative Assistant, North City Congress, Police Community Relations Program, Philadelphia, PA; and Program Director, Ann Arbor Community Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
In 1988, the United Methodist Church voted to establish a university at Old Mutare, Zimbabwe and assigned institutional development responsibilities to the Board of Higher Education and Ministry. During her tenure with the General Board, Mrs. CurrentFelder served as the agency liaison for the Africa University Endowment Fund Campaign and provided technical and programmatic support to the AU Board of Directors. In March 2011, she was elected to the Africa University Board of Directors.
A member of Gordon Memorial UMC in Nashville, Tennessee, Mrs. Current-Felder chaired Phase I of Gordon's Building and Revitalization Committee which in December, 2001 consecrated a 3.5 million sanctuary, administrative offices and multipurpose
room. Mrs. Current-Felder sings in the Chancel Choir, serves on the Pastor Parish Relations Committee, intercessory prayer team and Disciple Bible Study leader.
Mrs. Current-Felder's numerous community service activities have included: Tennessee Conference Episcopal Committee, Trustee of Bennett College for Women, Greensboro, NC.; former member Tennessee Conference Wesley Foundation Board; Consultant for Kelly Miller Smith Institute for African American Church studies, Vanderbilt University Divinity School; "Children Having Children" Task Force; Mayor's Blue Ribbon Committee on Teenage Pregnancy Prevention, Washington D.C.
Mrs. Current-Felder is the daughter of recently deceased Bishop Leontine T.C. Kelly, Methodism's first African–American woman bishop and Reverend Dr. Gloster B. Current, Sr. (deceased), former Deputy Director of the NAACP and retired clergy person in the New York Annual Conference. She is the widow of the late Reverend Dr. Robert E. Felder who served in the Texas, SW Texas and Arkansas Annual Conferences of the UMC and as Assistant Pastor at Clark Memorial UMC, Nashville, Tennessee.
In 2001, Abingdon Press, Nashville, Tennessee published Angella's first book, "Breaking Barriers: An African American Family and the Methodist Story" Her second book, "The School of Dreams in the Valley of Hope: The Africa University Story" was published April,2012 by Africa University Press in commemoration of the university's 20th anniversary.