Seminary Faculty and Co-Facilitators


Faculty Teaching Team

Reginald Blount, Assistant Professor of Formation, Youth and Culture, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary; pastor of Amett Chapel AME Church, Chicago;

Derek Hicks, Associate Professor of Religion and Culture, Wake Forest University School of Divinity, and author, Reclaiming Spirit in the Black Faith Tradition;

Virginia Lee, Associate Professor of Christian Education and Director of Deacon Studies, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary;

Rodney Sadler, Associate Professor of Bible, Union Presbyterian Seminary at Charlotte; associate pastor, Mount Carmel Baptist Church;

Teresa Smallwood, Associate Director, Vanderbilt Divinity School Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative;

Shively Smith, Assistant Professor of New Testament, Wesley Theological Seminary, author of Strangers to Family: Diaspora and I Peter’s Invention of God’s Household;

The Rev. Dr. Janet L. Wolf, Children’s Defense Fund,, 615-260-2894

Faculty Co-facilitators

Victor Anderson, Oberlin Theological Professor of Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt Divinity School; Professor of the Program in African American and Diaspora Studies and Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University; author, Creative Exchange: A Constructive Theology of African American Religious Experience;

Carmichael Crutchfield, Associate Professor of Christian Education, Spiritual Formation, and Youth Ministry and Associate Director of Methodist House of Studies, Memphis Theological Seminary,

Sarah Farmer, Adolescent Faith and Flourishing Program at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, Yale Divinity School;

Greg Ellison II, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Candler School of Theology, and author, Fearless Dialogues: A New Movement for Justice and Cut Dead but Still Alive: Caring for African American Youth; see

Elaine Enns, adjunct professor at St. Andrews College, and co-founder of Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries, co-author with Ched Meyers, Ambassadors of Reconciliation: New Testament Reflections on Restorative Justice and Peacemaking;

Mary Love, Adjunct Professor of Christian Education, Hood Theological Seminary, author of Learning through Symbolism and Celebration, An Annotated Bibliography of Afrocentric Resources;

Ched Myers, activist theologian, popular educator, author of many books, including Sabbath Economics and Binding the Strong Man; partner in Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries; 5th generation Californian;

Lorena Parrish, Dirk Romeyn Professor of Metro-Urban Ministry and Director of the D.Min. program and the Masters of Arts in Ministry and Community Leadership program, New Brunswick Theological Seminary;

Patrick Reyes, Director of Strategic Partnership for Doctoral Initiatives, Forum for Theological Exploration, author of  Nobody Cries When We Die: God, Community and Surviving to Adulthood.

Christophe Ringer, Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics and Society, Chicago Theological Seminary, “Necropolitics: The Religious Situation of U.S. Mass Incarceration”

Charlene Sinclair, Union Theological Seminary, and founding director of the Center for Race, Religion and Economic Democracy,