Reverend Lorena M. Parrish, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Urban Ministries and Director of the Community Engagement Institute and the Center for Public Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary. Before her arrival to Wesley, Rev. Dr. Parrish was the Dirk Romeyn Professor of Metro-Urban Ministry at New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Brunswick, New Jersey. She earned her Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.Div. at Union Theological Seminary in New York. She also holds a M.S.S.W. from the Columbia University School of Social Work. An ordained Baptist minister, Parrish’s academic specializations include Urban Ministry; Womanist Theology; Theology, Ethics and Popular Culture; Theology and the Black Church; Public Theology; and Practical Theology.