Aria M. Kirkland-Harris

Womanist Graduate Fellow


Aria M. Kirkland-Harris is a licensed minister, millennial womanist, and community development consultant who is committed to the stability, health, and wholeness of African American churches and communities. She lives out this call through her work in local church, denominational, and academic contexts. Kirkland-Harris was licensed to preach the Gospel and exercise her gifts in ministry by the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia where she currently serves as their director of stewardship and community development. She is also the Womanist Graduate Fellow at the Katie Geneva Cannon Center for Womanist Leadership at Union Presbyterian Seminary where she studies Black women’s approaches to achieving economic independence. As a consultant, her clients have included The Gift of Black Theological Education and Black Church Collaborative, the Baptist General Convention of Virginia, the Progressive National Baptist Convention, the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church, and Enterprise Community Partners’ Faith-Based Development Initiative. Kirkland-Harris holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and psychology from Columbia University, a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from George Mason University, and a Master of Divinity from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University.