DIRECTOR OF THE DOCTOR OF MINISTRY PROGRAM
AND ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF MINISTRY
B.A., University of Pennsylvania (1988);
M. Div., Princeton Theological Seminary (1995);
Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary (1996);
Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary (2005).
African Methodist Episcopal Church
History of Christianity
Augustine and the History and Religions of Late Antiquity
Medieval European History and Religion
African American History and Religion
American History and Religion
History of Christianity, Film, and Popular Culture
Publications and Presentations:
Paper titled "Augustine, Afrocentricity, and the Catholicization of Roman Africa: Recovering the significance of Augustine's Hybrid Identity in the making of Catholic Orthodoxy" at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Church History, Philadelphia, PA (1/2006)
"Bishops, Early and Mediaeval" New Westminster Dictionary of Church History. eds. James O. Duke, Carter Lindberg, Christopher Ocker, Rebecca Harden Weaver, Westminster John Knox Press, forthcoming.
Comment given on papers in session on "Heresy, Authority, and Interpretations in Early Christianity" at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Church History, Washington DC (1/2004)
Paper titled "Preserve Your Chastity": the Rhetorical Formulation of Internal and External Idol Smashing in the Preaching of Augustine." Presented in the Europe and the Mediterranean in Late Antiquity Section at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Denver, CO (11/2001).
Paper titled "The Leader of the Pack: A Glimpse of Augustine and the Campaign for Catholic Preeminence in Roman Africa in Relationship to Imperial Legislation." Presented at the Annual Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference at Villanova University, Villanova, PA (9/2000).
Paper titled "Augustine: Spin-Doctor of the Catholic Church." Presented at the Princeton University Graduate Student Conference in Medieval Studies on Encounters Between Elites And Non-Elites In The Middle Ages: The Challenge Of New Methodologies 400 â€“ 1400. Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (4/2000).
Review of The Encyclopedia of Early Christianity, Everett Ferguson ed., in Koinonia (11:2, Fall 1999).
Review of Gerd Ludemann's Heretics, in Koinonia (9:1, Spring 1998).
Current Areas of Research:
Augustine and the Catholicization of Roman Africa
Christianity, Culture, and the Constitution in United States History
Depictions of Person, Period and Place relevant to the study of the History of Christianity
Father, Son, and Slave: A Controversial Social Metaphor for the Holy Spirit in Early Christianity
Political Conceptions of God in the History of Christianity
Postmodernism and Christianity
First UM Church, Adult Sunday Teacher, Salisbury, NC, 2002-Present
Moore's Chapel AME Zion Church, Associate Minister, Salisbury, NC, 2000-Present
Baptist Chaplaincy, Princeton Univ., Associate Minister, Princeton, NJ, 1993â€‘1995
St. Matthew AME Church, Associate Minister, Philadelphia, PA, Summer 1993
Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church, Associate Minister, Philadelphia, PA, 1992â€‘1993
St. Paul AME Church, Associate Minister, Philadelphia, PA, 1988â€‘ 1992
American Society of Church History
American Academy of Religion
North American Patristics Society.