Mar 242023

2023 Morgan Preaching and Sanderson Awards


CHICAGO—Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) is proud to announce the Rev. Dr. G. Campbell Morgan Award for excellence in preaching 2023 recipient: Olivia Tate

The G. Campbell Morgan Award in Preaching honors a current Chicago Theological Seminary student. Submissions were judged anonymously based on excellence of theological and social reflection and engagement of any sacred text. The cash prize of $1,000 for the G. Campbell Morgan Preaching Award is made possible by an endowment gift from Dr. Morgan’s grandchildren.

CTS is also proud to announce the 2023 Sanderson Award for women in leadership is being awarded to: Jaime L. Fluker

The Sanderson Award for Women in Leadership was established in 2006 by Howard C. Morgan in memory of Judith Parks Sanderson who died in 2004 after a courageous battle with Ovarian Cancer. A fund of $25,000 was created at CTS from gifts of career colleagues, family and friends. It was decided by the family to use the income from this endowment annually as a cash award of $1,000  to an outstanding woman candidate to assist in furthering her career.

The Morgan and Sanderson awards will be honored virtually on April 19 at 12pm CT. As these gifts were established to honor members of his family, Howard Morgan will be present to share in the celebration. On that day recipients are being asked to highlight their journey at CTS and what the award means to them.

Rev. Olivia Tate is an ordained Baptist minister who has served her local church and community in a variety of capacities. She is a sought-after speaker for mental health and spiritual conferences and a spirit-filled guest preacher.  Olivia is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) offering mental health therapeutic services to individual adults and couples.  She is the founder and director of Flowing Well Therapy Center, LLC., geared toward fostering intergenerational wellness, healing from racial trauma, and living through grief.  An avid learner, she is currently pursuing her second masters, a Master of Divinity at Chicago Theological Seminary with an interest in Womanism and Black Church studies.  She is very happily married to her best friend, George, and they have two daughters and a granddaughter.

Rev. Jaime L. Fluker, a native of Decatur, IL, is a doctoral student studying in the area of womanist theology, ethics, and culture. Her research centers on womanist ethics, identity, and activism of Black women as preachers, prophets, and community organizers. She recently shared some of her research during a CTS Obenhaus Lecture. To this end, Rev. Fluker serves as a Faith and Congregational Community Organizer for Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL). Fluker holds a Bachelor of Arts from Carthage College in Political Science and Criminal Justice. Prior to her studies in Chicago, Fluker completed her Master’s in Theological Studies from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN. While at Christian Theological Seminary, Fluker was named the recipient of the Reverend William “Bill” Duffy Theology Prize. Fluker is ordained with standing in the Progressive National Baptist Convention. She currently serves as an associate minister at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago.