Leadership

Interim Director, Center for Black Church Studies
The Rev. Kermit Moss
Princeton Theological Seminary

Co-convener/Program Director
Ms. Sushama Austin-Connor
Princeton Theological Seminary

Artist-in-Residence/Co-convener
Dr. Tony McNeill
Director of Choral Activities, Clinton College

Preachers
Bishop Yvette A. Flunder
Senior Pastor, City of Refuge United Church of Christ; Presiding Bishop, The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries

The Rev. Dr. Frank A. Thomas
Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics
Director of the PhD Program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric and the Sacred Rhetoric Program

The Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock
U.S. Senator, Georgia
Senior Pastor of Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia

The Rev. Naomi Washington-Leapheart
Director for Faith-Based and Interfaith Affairs, City of Philadelphia

Faculty
Dr. Birgitta Johnson
Associate Professor/Ethnomusicology/African American Studies, University of South Carolina, School of Music

The Rev. Dr. Alisha Lola Jones
Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology
Adjunct Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University

Dr. Braxton Shelley
Tenured Associate Professor of Music, Sacred Music, and Divinity
Yale University Institute of Sacred Music and Divinity School

Dr. Cleve V. Tinsley, IV
Assistant Professor of History, Religion, and Africana Studies, Virginia Union University
Executive Director, Center for African American History and Culture (CAAHC)

Theologians-in-Residence
Dr. Thomas Dixon Tyler
Minister of Music and Spiritual Formation, Historic Shiloh Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.

The Rev. Dr. Marsha Foster Boyd
Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs/Academic Dean, Luther Seminary

The Rev. Darlene Hutto
Director of Grants and Fellowships, The Forum for Theological Education

Rev. Dr. Brianna Parker
Curator and Founder, Black Millennial Café (BMC)

The Rev. Paul Timothy Roberts
President, Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary

Stockton Lecturer
The Rev. Dr. Brad Braxton
Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Church School Initiatives, St. Luke’s School

Program Assistance
Ms. Christian Joy Roberts, Princeton Theological Seminary alumna, Class of ’21

Dr. Ericka Elion, Inaugural BTLI Fellow, and Adjunct Professor, Interdenominational Theological Center