2010 Distinguished Award Recipient
Beauty graduated from United Theological College in Zimbabwe in 1987. From 1988 to 1992, she served as pastor at Zimbabwe United Methodist Church. Beauty then came to Drew University receiving her Master of Divinity in 1997, Master of Sacred Theology in 1998, Master of Philosophy in Liturgical Studies in 2001, and a Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies in 2004.
During her tenure at Drew, Beauty served as the alternate representative to the United Nations for the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. Since returning to Africa in 2004, Beauty has been a lecturer in theology at Africa University in Zimbabwe and Dean of the Faculty of Theology, and at present is also serving as Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor.
Beauty’s research interests include the incorporation of some forms of the African Traditional Religion’s practices in the worship patterns of the African United Methodist Church. She has written a number of articles, and given lectures and presentations on this and similar subjects in Africa, Europe, and North America. This past October, Beauty, who described Drew Theological School as the place that “helped me find my voice,” returned to Seminary Hall to share that voice in a lecture, “Christianity in Zimbabwe: Context, Gifts, and Challenges.” Approximately 50 students and faculty members came to hear her speak about her experiences of the spiritual and cultural struggle that her country of Zimbabwe is now facing.
Beauty continues to serve the global community by working with the Committee on Faith and Order of the United Methodist Church, as a Committee member of the World Methodist Historical Society, and on the United Methodist Church Global Praise Advisory Group. Additionally, Beauty is an active member of Ecumenical Women 2000+, International Association on Black Religion, and United Methodist Women of Color Scholars, and is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church.