Pearl Lillian Rosser, 1930
B.A., Denison University
D.D., Northern Baptist Theological Seminary
King of Prussia, Pa.
Citation awarded on Saturday, June 12, 1965
Dr. Pearl Lillian Rosser is recognized for her exceptional contributions to the religious education work of the American Baptist denomination and inter-denominational bodies.
Now executive director of the division of program planning for the American Baptist Convention, she was president of the Baptist Missionary Training School in Chicago when it merged with Colgate Rochester Divinity School in 1962. She was director of children’s work for the Ohio Baptist State Convention and later became national director of children’s work for the American Baptist Publication Society. She helped to initiate and develop a number of programs, including: the Winning the Children for Christ program, now an extremely important part of American Baptist evangelization; the audio-visual and broadcasting education for the National Council of Churches and the Chicago Council of Churches; and the Juvenile Protection Program of the denomination. She has given assistance to many groups in planning for church school curricula and served major inter-denomination programs, including a World Council of Christian Education curriculum committee for Latin America, the NCC’s Commission on the Bases of a Just and Durable Peace, the United Church Women’s first board of managers, and the NCC-formation committee.