Wade P. Huie, Jr., Peter Marshall Professor Emeritus of Homiletics, 1923-2015

Wade P. Huie, Jr., Peter Marshall Professor Emeritus of Homiletics, 1923-2015

Wade P. Huie, Jr., Peter Marshall Professor of Homiletics for Columbia Theological Seminary from 1957 to 1991 passed away last Saturday, May 30, 2015. Born in Elberton, GA on June 14, 1923 to Wade P. and Nora (Oakley) Huie, Wade Huie, Jr. embraced life with energy, optimism and true enjoyment.

Dr. Huie graduated from Emory University where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order, Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Beta Kappa. While a student there, he became Associate Pastor for Youth at Peachtree Presbyterian Church where he was known as the Pied Piper for his successful ministry, and for creating the still popular Camp Rutledge retreat.

Graduating from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA with a B.D. in 1946, he later earned a Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, serving as Assistant Pastor of Canongate Kirk. Further studies took him to Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, Princeton Theological Seminary, Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, and Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. He later received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Presbyterian College.

For eight years Dr. Huie was Pastor of Vineville Presbyterian Church in Macon, GA. He returned to Columbia Presbyterian Seminary as the Peter Marshall Professor of Homiletics where he delighted in teaching preaching and worship, the “Good News” of the Christian faith, for 34 years, with an addition 11 years on a part-time basis.

An early advocate of international mission, Dr. Huie used sabbaticals to teach at Trinity Theological College in Accra, Ghana, and Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Seoul, Korea. Lecturing and preaching invitations also took him to Japan, Taiwan and Russia. His 26 trips taking students to Jamaica led to The Alternative Context experience (now called Explorations) at Columbia Theological Seminary, in which future ministers are exposed to the church in multiple cultures. An avid traveler for career or vacation, he visited all 50 states and every continent excepting Antarctica.

Along the way, Dr. Huie also taught as a visiting professor at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, and Princeton Theological Seminary. He once served as an adjunct professor at the San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Dr. Huie’s ministry to children and young people was unfailingly enthusiastic. For 25 years he was guest chaplain at Athens Y Camp, a memory so valued that he wore Athens Y tee shirts for the rest of his life. He was extremely proud of his involvement with Our House, a daycare/school for homeless children in Decatur, GA. His dedication to the Presbyterian church led to participation in the General Assembly in such roles as the Board of Christian Education, the General Council, the Permanent Theological Committee, the Ordination Examination Committee, and the Theological Education Fund. He was also named President of the Academy of Homiletics.

In 2004 Dr. Huie was honored by the establishment of the Wade P. Huie, Jr. Chair of Homiletics at Columbia Theological Seminary, which he accepted with the deep sense of gratitude. “An effective preaching class requires time-intensive, individualized instruction and a mentoring relationship with a professor who has both theoretical and practical expertise,” said then President Laura Mendenhall. “Establishment of the Wade P. Huie Chair of Preaching will ensure that our students continue to receive the best possible individualized instruction from faculty members as they prepare to deliver God’s Word.” The first person to hold the title was Rev. Dr. Joseph L. Roberts, the well known pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, who died this past February. In 2007, Dr. Huie received the Distinguished Service Award by Columbia Seminary’s Alumni Association.

Dr. Huie celebrated his family with joyful love, commitment and pride. He is predeceased by his wife of 40 years, Verna Lee (Hardy); their infant son, Mark; their grandson, Ryan Huie, of Franklin, TN. His wife Emily (Williams) survives him along with his sons and wives; Wade III and Sarma, Los Angeles, CA; John and Dawn, Franklin, TN; David and Miriam, Merritt Island, FL; and Scott, Snellville. His grandchildren are Jason, David, William, Nicole, Jessica, Madison and Jackson Huie. Also surviving are stepchildren and spouses; Mary Ann Williams and Michael Ryan, Dublin, Ireland; Ralph Williams III and Connie; Thomas Currie Williams and Susan, all of Atlanta, and eight step-grandchildren.

The Huie family is grateful for Wade’s ongoing care received from the staff at Brighton Gardens Buckhead and for the individual care provided by his gifted attendants from Better Care Home Aide.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 3 at 11:00 am at Columbia Presbyterian Church with reception following at Columbia Theological Seminary in the Ellis Room at Richards Center.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Huie Endowment at Columbia Theological Seminary, to provide scholarships for international students (PO Box 520, Decatur, GA 30031), or to Our House, to provide daycare for homeless children (PO Box 1304, Decatur, GA 30031).

Columbia Theological Seminary is committed to “educating imaginative, resilient leaders for God’s changing world.” As an accredited theological school of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Columbia Seminary is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia Seminary offers seven graduate degrees including master’s and doctoral level degree programs, and dozens of continuing education courses, certificates and events as a resource for church professionals and lay people through the Center for Lifelong Learning. For more information, visit www.ctsnet.edu.

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10 thoughts on “Wade P. Huie, Jr., Peter Marshall Professor Emeritus of Homiletics, 1923-2015”

  1. Stephen R. Vance says:

    I was among the first team of seminarians Wade Huie led to Jamaica in the winter of 1981 … an experience that shaped my ministry in St Augustine presbytery through its Mutual Mission Program with the Jamaica Ecumenical Mutual Mission. Barry Davies & Maake Masango were among the nine of us. Wade’s graciously welcoming persona opened doors and hearts and built bridges that carried many of us to new shores of understanding our faith in the wider world!

  2. Paul Irwin says:

    Dr. Huie was the one faculty member who “got me” in Seminary. He worked personally with me once a week when I conducted a “contemporary” service at First Presbyterian Atlanta as a student in the early 80’s. I still remember and follow many pieces of advice he gave me as I’ve entered the pulpit over the past 30 years,

  3. Mark Diehl says:

    Wade was one of the seminal influences in my pastoral formation at CTS and a great mentor and friend in the years following. Well done, good and faithful and ever-joyful servant of the Lord!

  4. Jones Doughton '93 says:

    A Giant has fallen in our land. I was in the last “official” class he taught the spring of 1991. He is missed.

  5. William Pender says:

    I can’t say it any better than Mark Diehl did: “Well done, good and faithful and every-joyful servant of the Lord!”

  6. Roland Perdue says:

    Wade Huie was inspirational in every sense of the word! We who knew him as teacher and friend knew that the sweet, sweet spirit present in him was reflected in all that he did at Columbia Seminary.
    Our prayers and love are with Emily and his family.

    Roland Perdue ’59

  7. Jim Watkins says:

    When our daughter was born, Wade conferred upon me the honorary DD degree (Daddy of a Daughter). He knew that laughter is the grace of God. Jim Watkins ’71

  8. Harper Brady says:

    My fondest memory of Wade took place far from the seminary campus – over 10,000 miles away. In 1985 he and Vee were on their way back to the States after his sabbatical in Korea, while my wife and I were in Japan as part of a seminary internship (2 years). We were in an isolated “off-the-beaten-track” area of Japan, but they made the extra effort to come and spend a couple of days with us. They brought with them some real “home cheer” and graced our home with their presence. Although I’m sure I remember some of what he taught in class, what speaks even louder in my memory is that kind and pastoral gesture. Harper Brady ’87

  9. Lark Jones North Augusta, S.C. says:

    Wade Huie was my uncle and performed the marriage of my wife and I almost 43 years ago. What a treat it was to be a guest in his home where conversation and thought could always be found. He leaned liberal and I leaned conservative but there was mutual respect and a realization that some things were more important than politics. I am a contemporary of all his sons who have always been special cousins.
    A life well lived. A God well served.

  10. John Carothers Class of 1975 says:

    Wade Huie was a wonderful example to his students. He was always learning and growing; always preparing to be more effective, relevant and responsive in his calling and his craft. He lived and worked with passion and joy.

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