Prophets for the Cause of Justice:
A Celebration of George Williams Webber’s Ministry100 Birthday Celebration
George Williams Webber was born on May 2, 1920 in Des Moines, Iowa. This year would have marked his 100th birthday.
George Williams Webber was the President of New York Theological Seminary from 1969 until 1982. Under his leadership, the Seminary directed its energies towards the poor, the least, and the lost. Webber and his team served those who were previously unserved. He expanded the seminary’s degree programs to Spanish-speaking students, Pentecostals, and others were on the edges of society. He partnered with unlikely allies and supported others in their fight for justice.
After his formal retirement from the presidency of New York Theological Seminary he dedicated all his energies to the Master of Professional Studies he had started at Sing Sing Correctional Facilities. It was a visionary program that sought to bring graduate theological education to incarcerated men. This program, along with others started under Bill’s presidency, continues to run strong today.
In 1981 George Williams Webber received an honorary doctorate from Yale University where he was honored as a ”Scholar, teacher, author, pastor, prophet for the cause of justice.”
This series honors the legacy of George Williams Webber by highlighting contemporary prophets for the cause of justice who were inspired by Webber and his work at New York Theological Seminary.