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The Rev. A. Roy Medley, general secretary of the American Baptist Churches USA, will speak at Alderson Broaddus University’s one hundred fortieth baccalaureate service on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in Wilcox Chapel.

Previously, Medley was executive minister of the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey, one of 34 regions within the denomination. American Baptist Churches USA includes approximately 5,800 churches and 1.5 million members.

From 1979-1985 Medley was national director of the Neighborhood Action Program of American Baptist National Ministries, where he directed denominational Christian center

programs, focusing on programmatic vision, recruitment, support for National Ministries home missionaries at the centers and mission interpretation with local churches. He represented American Baptist Churches USA at the National Council of Churches of Christ in the Domestic Hunger and Poverty Working Group and at the World Council of Churches through the Ecumenical Development Cooperative Fund.

Medley has been a member of the Baptist World Alliance Commission on Freedom and Justice and the Church Renewal Committee and served on the faculty for the American Baptist Churches USA Church Planters Institute. He has been a Bible study leader and speaker at numerous gatherings in the U.S. as well as in Haiti, the Philippines, India, Myanmar, Cuba, and Rwanda.

A native of Ringgold, Ga., Medley holds an A.B. degree (psychology) from the University of Chattanooga and an M.Div. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has received honorary D.Div. degrees from Alderson Broaddus University, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Central Philippine University and Franklin College.

 He is a member of First Baptist Church, Freehold, N.J. Medley is married to the Rev. Dr. Patricia Stauffer Medley, an ordained Lutheran pastor currently serving Hope Lutheran Church, Freehold, N.J. They have two sons, Ethan and Jordan.