Commencement Announcement


Information for Graduation 2019

This year the class of 2019 will be graduating from the Ebenezer Baptist Church. All students are to wear proper attire during the graduation ceremony. Graduation will start promptly at 4:30 pm however you must there at 3:30pm to line up and dress for the march into the sanctuary. 

Each student may invite as many friends and family as they like, however, we ask that you not save seats for late comers. All tuition must be paid in full prior to graduation or you can not march.

Each student should be proud of his/her college so we ask that you rehearse and learn Guilford School of Theology alma-mater, so that you can sing alone with the lead vocalist. The president of GST  will go over the singing of the song at your next class.

The graduation will take place at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 2700 W Vandalia Rd. Greensboro, NC 27407.


Dr. T. Anthony Spearman

The Guilford School of Theology is proud to announce our 2019 Commencement Speaker , Dr. T. Anthony Spearman 

Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman has a Bachelor of Science Degree Summa Cum Laude from Mercy College in Yonkers, N.Y. in 1995; a Master of Divinity Degree Magna Cum Laude from Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, N.C. in 1998 ; and a Doctor of Ministry from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio in 2003. He is proficient in Greek, Hebrew and Spanish. Dr. Spearman is also a certified AIDS Counselor with the JRW Institute of Alcohol Studies in New York in 1991.

Dr. Spearman is an ordained minister with the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church denomination (A.M.E. Zion). He has worked extensively in leadership of the denomination in North Carolina on many levels since 1997, and has been the pastor of St. Philip AME Zion Church in Greensboro, N.C since 2014. Prior to his pastoral career, Dr. Spearman worked in correctional institutions, hospitals, colleges, and community based programs as a substance abuse counselor.

Dr. Spearman’s father was a great influence in his life. Back in the early sixties his father purchased NAACP memberships for his three children and said, "Always keep your membership up in the NAACP. You will spend a lifetime fighting for justice." He is a Life Member of the NAACP, and has been a member for 53 years.

Dr. Spearman has been a courageous and controversial servant in the NC NAACP in the Historic Thousands on Jones Street Movement (HKonJ), and the Moral Monday Movement. In 2011, he was named the NC NAACP Minister of the Year. He served as the Third Vice President of the NC NAACP from 2011 – 2017, and was elected president in October 2017.

Dr. Spearman has won numerous awards including the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network Golden Shovel Award in 2001, Spirit of King Award in 2007, Equality NC Champion of Equality Award in 2011, and the Catawba County Democrats Spirit of Democracy Award in 2013. From 2005 – 2014 he lived in Hickory, N.C. where he served on the Hickory City School Board for three year prior to his move to Greensboro. Dr. Spearman has been the president of the N.C. Council of Churches since January 2017.

Dr. Spearman is well known as a civil rights activist. He has been a plaintiff in three lawsuits challenging policies of the State government. The School Opportunity lawsuit of 2013 addressed the issue of using state funds for private school vouchers, which ​could drain public resources from our public schools. The lawsuit served to arouse public interest, and this issue is far from settled.  In 2016, Spearman played an important role in the Voter Suppression litigation that ​resulted in​  a great public outcry about Voter ID and ​other​ ​legislation that would suppress votes in minority and poor white communities. The Richmond Court of Appeals overturned ​this legislation as a result of this lawsuit. Dr. Spearman is presently a plaintiff in the 2017 Instruct our Lawmakers suit, challenging the ​N.C.​  Lt. Governor and other legislators of violating the state Constitution by giving no notice for a “special December session” to ram through laws to undercut the Governor’s power. Dr. Spearman hopes the courts will stop this kind of quick-call back-room lawmaking, where the public does not hear about it until it’s too late to do anything.

Dr. Spearman is married to his wife of 47 years, Janice Brunson Spearman. They are the proud parents of 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren. He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Tau Omega Chapter and past advisor of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Lambda Psi Chapter. His hobbies are reading, chess, and raising poodles.


Professor of the year !

Dr. Cathy E. Pickett, EdD, LPC

Cathy Elaine Pickett, Ed.D  

Dr. Pickett will receive the Professor of the year Award for outstanding contributions,

commitment, and dedication to the student body of the Guilford School of 

Theology. Dr. Pickett serves as Professor of Clinical Psychology at GST

and holds the following credentials: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC),

Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS), Board Certified Clinical Trauma

 Professional (CCTP). The Guilford School of Theology is proud to bestow upon

Dr. Pickett this Award of distinction.



Dr. Sue Ashe-Baldwin, EdD

Dr. Sue Ashe-Baldwin, Ed.D has opened her Private Practice for Pastoral Care and Counseling.The name of the Practice is "Bloom Pastoral Care and Counseling"located 1610 Twain Rd in Greensboro, NC. She can be reached at 336-662-7408. Dr. Baldwin serves as Professor of Writing and Advanced Research. The Guilford School of Theology congratulates Dr. Ashe-Baldwin for this great accomplishment.


Honorary Degree Recipient

The Guilford School of Theology is proud to announce this years Honorary Degree Recipient , Dr. Bobby L. Armstrong, PhD , BCCP, P.psy .

Dr. Armstrong has been a strong contributor to GST and is also a member of the Board of Trustees .

Dr. Armstrong is the Sr Clinical Pastoral Psychologist of Empowerment Counseling Ministries , Licensed Chaplain and is also a Board Certified Clinical Psychotherapist as well as an Ordained Minister . Dr. Armstrong has been selected as Global Clinical Partner by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a contributor for the revision of the upcoming ICD-11 .

His passion for imparting knowledge to those who seek it has afforded  him a Resident Professorship here at Guildford School of Theology as Professor of Theological Studies .

Dr. Armstrong's compassion and wisdom has proven to be valuable and indispensable plus a wealth of importance to the student body of GST  


A School of Excitement ! Read Below For Recent Announcements

Spring Semester 2019


The Spring Semester for 2019 will begin on January 12th at 9:00 am .

Be Ready For An Exciting Semester of Growth and Information .

Recent Appointment


Congratulations To Board of Trustee's Member 

Dr . Bobby L. Armstrong on his recent appointment in the World Health Organization

November 27, 2018


We are pleased to invite you to participate in an Internet -Based Field Study for ICD- 11 Mental and Behavioural Disorders . This particular study will focus on Disorders Due to Addictive Behaviours and Impulse Control Disorders.

You are receiving this message because you have been accepted  as a member of the World Health Organization’s ( WHO ) Global Clinical Practice Network ( GCPN ), an international community of mental health and primary care professionals committed to furthering research and practice in global mental health . These studies will allow practicing health professionals to influence the broader spectrum of relational mental health and create a universal language .


Geoffrey M Reed


Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization

Dr. Bobby L. Armstrong Receives Board Certification as a Pastoral Psychologist


The Guilford School of Theology Congratulates Board of Trustee Member Dr. Bobby L. Armstrong on receiving  Board Certification as a Pastoral Psychologist from the International Association of Pastoral Psychologists . 

Congratulations To Our President Dr. John W. S. Howard 's New Appointment


Dr. John W.S. Howard has been named the national voice

for Church Ekklasia Sozo a Medication Assisted Treatment

Clinic Headquartered in Charlotte, NC treating Opioid Addiction through Telemedicine with

Suboxone and counseling.

Award and Appointment


Dr. John W.S. Howard has been appointed to be the Director for the International Association

of Pastoral Psychologists.

In addition, Dr. Howard has been awarded the "Diplomat" of the Board for his commitment to serve those who seek such credentialing. 

Student Accounts


Starting this semester all students will be given new student accounts.