Pamela Lightsey


Pamela-LightseyDr. Pamela Lightsey has a stellar history as a senior administrator and scholar in higher education. She currently serves as vice president for academic affairs at Meadville Lombard Theological School and associate professor of constructive theology. Before her appointment at Meadville, she was associate dean at Boston University School of Theology. She is also an ordained elder in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church. Lightsey is a Womanist theologian who has lectured at schools within and outside the continental United States.

Lightsey is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army. She served as a member of the original executive committee for the Soul Repair Project, which studies the role of moral injury in military veterans. As an activist, Lightsey has worked within the LGBTQ community to end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell military policy, and to ensure marriage equality. Lightsey’s several publications include the full manuscript, Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology (Wipf and Stock, 2015), Transforming Service: Reflections of Student Services Professionals in Theological Education (Editors Shonda R. Jones & Pamela R. Lightsey, Wipf and Stock, 2020), “He Is Black and We are Queer” in Albert Cleage Jr and the Black Madonna and Child (New York: Palgrave Macmillan), and Blinking Red: The Escalation of a Militarized Police Force and Its Challenges to Black Communities (Lexington Books, 2019).