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M.Div., Vanderbilt University

B.S., Elementary Education, Athens State University

Niger A. Woodruff

Assistant Director of Admissions and Vocational Discernment

A native son of Decatur, Alabama, Niger Amin Woodruff was sent to Nashville, Tennessee to matriculate at Vanderbilt University as a Cal Turner Scholar. Seeking to better embody his name’s sake (Acts 13:1), Niger was afforded priceless prophetic experience in the ethnically diverse community of South Nashville.

Recipient of the Florence Conwell award in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in preaching, The Reverend Niger A. Woodruff presided over the Word, administered the Sacraments, organized the Order, and implemented ministries of Service throughout the Music City. Prior to serving as a pastor with the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church Niger ministered as an elementary educator in North Alabama.

As Niger continues to journey alongside divinity students through theological reflection, and seeing as his scholarly interests revolve around religion, race, and culture, his employment as Assistant Director of Admissions and Vocational Discernment echoes Tupac Shakur: “I’m not saying I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.” Niger welcomes the occasion to be present with you and your questions as you discern a vocational path that will lead you to change the world.