The Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) is honored to announce that The Honorable Rev. Judge Penny Brown Reynolds, former jurist, public theologian, and 2008 graduate of ITC will be the 2019 commencement speaker. Reynolds will be recognized for her work with and concern for children, families and marginalized women with an Honorary Degree.
“I am excited that ITC is honoring one of its own whose life and work epitomize the spirituality grounded, liberation-oriented, transformational leadership ITC expects from graduates,” stated ITC President Rev. Dr. Edward L. Wheeler. “Rev. Judge Penny Brown Reynolds is a sought after inspirational speaker, a servant leader in the church where her husband serves as pastor, an entrepreneur and a voice for the voiceless.”
Reynolds is the former state Assistant Attorney General and the first African American chief of staff and legal counsel to Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor. She impacted many people with her internationally syndicated daytime television court series, “Family Court with Judge Penny,” and received an Emmy Award nomination for her work on the series. For the last fifteen consecutive years, Judge Brown Reynolds has been named to the Atlanta Business League’s 100 Most Influential Women.
Judge Brown Reynolds currently serves as the President and CEO of Divine Destiny Enterprises, LLC and the founder of a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families, women, youth and children and providing a voice for the poor. She is the founder and executive producer of the annual Judge Penny’s SisterTalk: A Women’s Empowerment Conference with thousands attending from around the country.
Reynolds earned a Bachelor of Science degree, Cum Laude, from Georgia State University, and received her Juris Doctor degree from Georgia State University College of Law. She graduated first in her class, with highest honors and a perfect 4.0 GPA from the Interdenominational Theological Center in 2008 earning a Master of Divinity degree and later received the James H. Costen Award for Excellence as an Emerging Leader.
Reynolds currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband Reverend Edward S. Reynolds, and they are the proud parents of two grown sons, Michael and Fela and one granddaughter, Pelly Marie.
This year’s commemoration will be even more monumental as ITC honors its 60th year as an established institution. ITC remains the only free-standing regionally and nationally accredited HBCU theological seminary in the United States. ITC’s Commencement Ceremony takes place on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Friendship Community Church starting at 10:00 AM. This event is open to the public and tickets are not required.