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I am a scholar-practitioner. This means that I am heavily involved in the practice of ministry, engage in research, and serve as a university professor.
I am currently the founder and president-dean of the Urban Renewal Centre. It is a centre for moral thought, voice, and action. We engage in pragmatic approaches to public theology with a focus on research, community advocacy and community engagement. Our research team studies a range of topics from housing disparities to homelessness to gun violence to environmental justice. We facilitate hands-on, service-learning opportunities through our ongoing work to help the homeless citizens secure employment, our youth arts program, jail re-entry program and afterschool programs for schools in distressed communities. Additionally, I am a part-time professor of Religious Studies at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
I earned my BA in Religion and Creative Music Technology from LaGrange College, MDiv from Candler School of Theology at Emory University, STM from Yale Divinity School, DMin from Boston University and PhD in Practical Theology from St. Thomas University.
BA 1998 LaGrange College MDiv 2001 Emory University STM 2002 Yale Divinity School DMin 2008 Boston University PhD 2020 St. Thomas University
Teaching In the past I have taught a variety of course at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I taught undergraduate at Sacred Heart University. I taught master’s and DMin students at Regent University and Portland Seminary at George Fox University. I taught master’s students at Vanguard University and New York Theological Seminary. Church experience and background I am an ordained Pentecostal minister. I have been in ordained ministry for 30 years. Roles and responsibilities in the wider church / academia I currently serve on the pastoral staff as theologian in residence at the First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk. Other Member, Church of God in Christ Scholars
Member, Society of Pentecostal Studies
Member, Alpha Zeta Phi chapter of Alpha Phi Omega
Member Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity
- Research interests and supervision
Supervision areas and level I have supervised research projects at Master’s and DMin levels. I would be interested in supervising doctoral dissertations on the following areas: Urban Theology and Ministry, Black Pentecostal Theology and Spirituality, and Hermeneutics and Pragmatic Spirituality, Pentecostalism and Liberation Theology, Pentecostalism and Cultural Theology, and Hermeneutics, Spirituality and Lived Wisdom.
- Is Christianity the White Man’s Religion? The Color of the Bible. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2020.
- The Mighty Transformer: The Holy Spirit Advocates for Social Justice. Irving, TX: GIELD Academic Press, 2019.
- The Spirit and Social Justice: Interdisciplinary Global Perspectives (Scripture & Theology). Co-editor with Michael Palmer, Lanham, MD: Seymour Press, 2019.
- The Spirit and Social Justice: Interdisciplinary Global Perspectives (History, Race, & Culture). Co-editor with Michael Palmer, Lanham, MD: Seymour Press, 2019.
- The Gifted Worshipper. Houston: High Bridge Books, 2018.
- Monday Morning Inspiration: Christian Theological and Black Spiritual Inspiration to Overcome Everyday “Monday Morning” Blues. Houston: High Bridge Books, 2016.
- Unstoppable Success: 7 Ways to Flourish in Boundless Potential. Houston: High Bridge Books, 2014, republished by GIELD Academic Press, 2021.
- Holy Spirit, Holy Living: A Practical Theology of Holiness for Twenty-first Century Churches. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2013.
- For Such a Time as This: Re-imaging Practical Theology for Independent Churches. Asbury Theological School Series, Lexington, KY: Emeth Academic Press, 2010.
Articles and book reviews
- “Black Protest as Public Theology: Considering Bourdieu’s Habitus Theory with A Comparative Analysis of Protest Approaches in the Civil Rights Movement and the Hip-Hop Generation,” in International Journal of Public Theology Accepted, Forthcoming in 16:3 (Brill, 2022), Double-blind peer reviewed.
- “Emerging African American Pentecostal Sources in Public Theology,” in International Journal of Public Theology 13, 4: 1-22 (Brill, 2019), Double-blind peer reviewed.
- “Black Pentecostal Hermeneutics? in James H. Cone’s Theological Sources and Black Pentecostalism,” in Pneuma 41, 2: 193–217 (Brill, 2019), Double-blind peer reviewed.
- “Black Folk Religion in Black Holiness Pentecostalism,” Journal of Pentecostal Theology. 28, 1: 103–122 (Brill, 2019), Double-blind peer reviewed.
- “An African American Contribution to the Theology of Worship: Considering Three Situations of Integrated African American Led Worship from Pre-Civil Rights Times,” pp. 247–263. In Toward a Pentecostal Theology of Worship, edited by Lee Roy Martin. Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2016.
- “’Like a Mighty Burning Fire:’ Social Holiness with Love at the Center,” pp. 211–223. In Roswith Gerloff: Auf Grenzen. Ein Leben im Dazwischen von Kulturen (On the Border. An in-Between Existence), edited by Armin Triebel. Berlin: Weißensee Verlag, 2016.
- “Holiness, the Church, and Party Politics: Toward a Contemporary Practical Theology of Holiness,” pp. 221–241. In A Future for Holiness: Pentecostal Explorations, edited by Lee Roy Martin. Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2013.
- “The Spirit and the Prophetic Church: Building Ministry Coalitions for Urban Ministry, Part 1,” pp. 54–66. In Pneuma Review 16, Number 2, Spring 2013. “The Spirit and the Prophetic Church: Building Ministry Coalitions for Urban Ministry, Part 2,” In Pneuma Review 16, Number 3, Summer 2013.
- “A Prophetic Challenge for the Future of Urban Churches: A Call for a Revised Ecclesiological Superstructure,” pp. 417–454. In Spirit-empowered Christianity in the 21st Century: Insights, Analysis, and Future Trends from World-Renowned Scholars, edited by Vinson Synan. Lake Mary, FL: Charisma House, 2011.
- “Elements of African Religious Spiritual Practices in African American Worship: Resounding Practical Theological Implications,” 221–234. In Christianity in Africa and the African Diaspora: The appropriation of a scattered heritage, edited by Afe Adogame, et al. New York: Continuum Press, 2009.
- “The Ordination of Women: An Issue among ‘Spirit-filled’ Churches from the African Diaspora,” 2003. Available at http://people.bu.edu/wwildman/...