Honorary Degrees

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Stanley J. Noffsinger `76

Church of the Brethren general secretary Stanley J. Noffsinger will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters on Sunday, May 17.

Noffsinger, a 1976 Manchester graduate, is the Church of the Brethren’s face to the world. As general secretary since 2003, Noffsinger is top administrator for the denomination that founded Manchester University, setting the spiritual tone and navigating the church through ongoing struggles of contemporary faith.

On the world stage, he is a consistent and courageous voice for oppressed people, advocating social justice and advancing the cause of peace in a world rife with war and violence. Noffsinger’s extraordinary experiences range from observing World Day of Peace with Pope Benedict XVI in Italy to discussing ways to build peace and understanding with 300 international and political leaders in New York. He has witnessed the denomination’s outreach in impoverished and earthquake-shattered Haiti, and he has joined other Christian leaders as President Obama’s guest at the White House.

The son of a Church of the Brethren pastor, Noffsinger was a successful
businessman before answering the call to church work. Prior to becoming general secretary, Noffsinger was executive director of the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md., where he directed the church’s emergency response and service ministries program. As the ecumenical offi cer of the church he has served on the board of the U.S. Conference World Council of Churches and as vice president at-large for the National Council of Churches.

Noffsinger will leave his post as general secretary on July 1, 2016. The
younger of his two sons, Caleb, is a student at Manchester.

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