Rev. Dr. Stephen Rowan

Rev. Dr. Stephen Rowan currently serves as Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church, located in Cleveland’s Glenville community where their mission focuses on being “God’s People, Doing God’s Business, God’s Way.”  Bethany Baptist Church engages in numerous outreach ministries, some of which include: Food Bank, Shoes and Clothes for Kids, and the newest outreach ministry, Kingdom Korner, which is a center focused on building and uplifting the community by providing resource referral and support services.

He is the former Assistant Director of Development and Program Officer for Faith Based/Digital Divide Programs at The Cleveland Foundation, the nation’s oldest and second largest Community Foundation. He is the former Chief Deputy Administrator for Cuyahoga County, where he also served as Director of Operations for the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging. He is a former partner with the law firm of Ulmer & Berne, LLP, where he specialized in public law and minority and female businesses. Over the years he has served on local, regional and national boards, Committees and Task Forces that seek to build and sustain healthy communities.

Current activities include membership in several Ministerial Alliances, The Cleveland Foundation Board of Directors, the Cleveland State University NEOMED Advisory Board, and the Cleveland Clinic Ethics Committee. A graduate of Glenville High School, Pastor Rowan holds degrees from Knox College (BA), Northern Illinois University (MPA), Cleveland State University (JD), Trinity Theological Seminary (M Div.) and Ashland Theological Seminary (D Min.).

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November 21, 2014

CLE- "Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964". Click here for more information

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December 12, 2014

C.L.E. "2014 Holiday Edition" December 12th, Mark your calendars!

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Holiday Party! December 12th, Mark your calendars! Open invite!


50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act: Has America Moved Beyond Race?

The popular and provocative NSMBA "Pursuing Full Rights of Citizenship" CLE series continues with the seminar, "50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act: Has America Moved Beyond Race?" The program will open with a historical perspective of events that led to the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and, subsequently, the Civil Rights Act of 1964. NSMBA's exceptional faculty will examine how these laws impacted America's culture, raised racial consciousness and transformed the country.

Upcoming Events

DECEMBER 3, 2014
Community Orientation Program - "COP"
DECEMBER 12, 2014
C.L.E. - "2014 Holiday Edition: Professionalism, Ethics, Substance Abuse & Case Law Updates"
DECEMBER 12, 2014
Annual Holiday Party- December 12th (following the C.L.E.)
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Thanks to everyone for your support and attendance at Annual Trailblazer Luncheon!

Special Thanks to all of our Sponsors!

2014 Luncheon Sponsors:

Signature Sponsor: Thompson Hine

Barrister: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Squire Patton Boggs, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Advocate: Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland Marshall Law Alumni Association, Thacker Martinsek, Tucker Ellis, Dominion, Ulmer & Berne LLP, The Cleveland Foundation & Roetzel & Andress

Counselor: Case Western Reserve University School of Law, the Ohio State Bar Association, Sheryl King Benford, Reminger, Parker Hannifin Corporation & Special Counsel

Table: Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, Legal Aid Society, Littler Mendelson, Bethany Baptist Church, Pinkney-Perry/Hylant Group, Cleveland Municipal Court, Brouse McDowell & Gallagher Sharp

Academic: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Squire Patton Boggs, Britton Smith Peters & Kalail Co. L.P.A., Eaton Corporation & Redia Anderson

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