Friends of the Chapel
Our focus is on promoting a more inclusive community with increased emphasis on student involvement, archival projects, and expanded spiritual and ethical dialogue. We are available to the Chapel Graduate Assistants, Chapel Assistants and the Chapel Choirs. Involved, committed, and concerned volunteers, the Friends of the Chapel require no special qualifications or credentials for membership, other than the desire and willingness to minister to the Howard University community.
The stated mission of the Friends of the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel is to:
- Foster and encourage the mission of the Chapel and its campus and global ministries;
- Identify programmatic means by which the outreach and capacity of the Chapel can be increased;
- Mobilize and garner additional resources for the support of the Chapel and implementation of its programs; and
- Act in a consultative capacity to the Office of the Dean of the Chapel.
The Friends of the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel was organized on September 5, 1982 by Mrs. Esther G. Pollard at the request of Howard University President Dr. James E. Cheek. The goal of the organization was to foster and encourage the mission of the Chapel, its campus ministries and outreach, as well as to act in a support capacity to the Dean of the Chapel. The organizing members consisted of faculty, students, staff, alumni and members of the Washington, DC community.
Dean Evans E. Crawford, Mrs. Elizabeth Crawford, Dr. H. Elsie Austin, Mrs. Anne S. Drew, Dr. Shirley G. Evans, Dr. Timothy L. Jenkins, Mrs. Amy Johnson, Mr. Paul Johnson III, Ms. Marsha Moore, Mrs. Anita Moore-Hackney, Mrs. Teixeira Nash, Mrs. Esther G. Pollard, Ms. Bea Pace Smith, Mrs. Lucille Stuberville, Dr. Estelle W. Taylor, Dr. Ivan E. Taylor, Dr. Michael Winston, and Dr. M. Wharton Young
Mr. Paul C. Johnson, III was elected the first Chair of the Friends of the Chapel in 1983. The initial event of the Friends was the 25th Anniversary celebration of Dr. Evans E. Crawford, Dean of the Chapel. Under Mr. Johnson’s leadership the Friends inaugurated the Ethical Forums, which served as an open and critical dialogue on pressing and controversial issues facing the world community and the ethical responses to those issues. Mr. Johnson served until 1993.
Dr. Shirley Graham Evans assumed the chair and greatly expanded the Friends’ mission. A fund-raising activity for the year long Centennial Celebration of the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, co-chaired by Dr. Estelle W. Taylor, was initiated and culminated in the stained glass window, designed and installed by Mr. Ron Akili Anderson, with the assistance of the Friends. The window depicts the first three Deans of the Chapel: Dr. Howard W. Thurman, Dr. Daniel G. Hill and Dr. Evans E. Crawford.
Mrs. Anita Moore-Hackney became chair in 1998 and reinstated the Sundays at the Chapel programs, which included the Centennial Celebration of Duke Ellington in collaboration with the Division of Music in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Valerie Malhomes has since become the chair and continues to build upon the solid foundation established by her predecessors. The Friends call upon the best within the Howard University tradition, as we seek to support the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel and its ministries.
Dr. Valerie Maholmes, Chair
Mr. Willie Lloyd-Reeves, Vice Chair
Ms. Deborah Ricks, Recording Secretary
Ms. Patricia Plummer, Correspondence Secretary
Mr. Alvin Hicks, Treasurer
Friends Committee Chairs
Partnerships and Program Committee Co-Chairs
Dr. Valerie Maholmes
Mr. Barry Coleman
Recruitment and Retention Co-Chairs
Mr. Bobby Caballero
Mrs. Kia Meredith-Caballero
Financial/Fundraising Support Co-Chairs
Mr. Donald M. Temple
Mr. Alvin Hicks
Mr. Sam Williams