SCUPE is deeply grieved at the passing of Rev. Cynthia Milsap on Friday, September 23, 2016 after a brief illness. She was a trusted friend, beloved mentor, pastor, educator, counselor — and beloved by all who knew her.
Rev. Milsap began as an adjunct professor at SCUPE in 2003 teaching courses in Cross-Cultural Ministry to seminary students and ministry leaders. She was a member of its staff from 2005 to 2012 serving as Director of the Nurturing the Call certificate program in urban ministry. This program offered an opportunity for lay church leaders to receive a theological education which would strengthen their ministry. She also helped bridge the program to the CAATS program and to other university and seminary programs, and prepared the Nurturing the Call students to transition to graduate theological education.
She participated in the Center for African American Theological Studies (CAATS) program from its early planning stages and served as its coordinator prior to Dr. Yvonne Delk’s appointment as its first director. Her responsibilities included working with its faculty, courses, students, and alumni, and coordinating with Dean John Kinney and Virginia Union’s Proctor School of Theology.
CAATS alumna, Rev. Catherine Jackson’s comments are representative of how many students whom she mentored feel: “Cynthia was very dear to me. She was a major supporter of my ministry, and walked me through my journey with so much love.”
“She had an inner sense of serenity and peace about her” said Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana, president of SCUPE who also co-taught with her. “She had a fun-loving side to her which was not always obvious, but immediately put all around her at ease. This, together with her pastoral sensitivities made her a great mentor to many of our students.”
A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 30, 2016 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Second Baptist Church, 1717 Benson Avenue, Evanston, Illinois, 60201.