DENMARK, SC – As we approach February and Black History Month, Voorhees College, a private historically black college (HBCU) located in Denmark, South Carolina, prepares to celebrate the month beginning with its kick-off celebration event.

Dr. Alice Ridgill, founder and pastor of New Faith Presbyterian Church, will be the featured speaker for the Voorhees College Black History Month Kick-off Celebration. This free and open to the public event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. on campus.

Ridgill is a native of Manning, S.C. and graduated from Presbyterian College with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and a concentration in music. She earned a master’s degree in divinity and a doctorate degree in ministry from the Erskine Theological Seminary.

Prior to founding New Faith Presbyterian Church in 2010, Ridgill served as pastor of the former Washington Street Presbyterian Church in Abbeville, S.C. and as an adjunct professor of pastoral care at the Erskine Theological Seminary.

On October 30, 2005, in recognition of her unwavering commitment to the community, she was presented the Key to the City of Abbeville, making her one of the youngest individuals to ever receive the prestigious honor.

Ridgill’s past and current board affiliations include: Piedmont Technical College Board of Visitors, Greenwood Food Bank Board of Directors, Presbyterians Caring for Chaplains and Military Personnel Board of Directors, Presbyterian Mission Agency Board of Directors, and Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Board of Directors.

“Dr. Ridgill has displayed extraordinary leadership within her communities by spreading God’s word to the people, ministering, and completing mission efforts. Her words will be encouraging to our students and help them put their educational goals into perspective.” said Samuel Blackwell, vice president for planning and information management.

For more information, contact Megan Freeman, director of communications, at 803-780-1191 or at

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