Love L. Sechrest

Associate Professor of New Testament

BS, Duke University
MS, Villanova University
MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
PhD, Duke University

Courses Taught

BI500: Interpretive Practices

NE527: New Testament Exegesis: 2 Corinthians

NE527: New Testament Exegesis: Philippians and Philemon

NE527: New Testament Exegesis: Galatians

NE527: New Testament Exegesis: Ephesians

NS567: New Testament Exegesis: Revelation

NS563: Race and Christian Identity in the New Testament

NE578: Paul and His Letters

Campus Affiliations

Areas of Expertise

NT hermeneutics including African American and womanist hermeneutics and cultural studies, theological ethics, racial and ethnic studies, Pauline theology

“Interdependence is critical for healing racial schisms in the church not because there is a Bible verse that demands it, but because the lingering legacy of our troubled racial past demands the greater sensitivity and sacrifice of a higher righteousness going forward. We will know that we have finally overcome when local congregations reflect the ethnoracial composition of their communities, towns, and neighborhoods, when the draw of the Christian family supersedes the pull of cultural comfort.”


Dr. Sechrest reflects on race, politics, and the church in her essay “Race Relations in the Church in the Age of Obama,” available here.


Love Sechrest joined the School of Theology faculty in 2006, after having taught courses in New Testament at Duke Divinity School and courses in Christian Leadership at the Graduate School at Trinity International University. Prior to earning her MDiv and PhD, she pursued a career in the aerospace industry at General Electric, managing over 300 engineers and a $50 million technology and software development budget, and eventually functioning as chief information officer of an $800 million company within Lockheed Martin. Over the years she has won numerous industry and academic honors and fellowships including those from the American Jewish Committee/Shalom Hartman Institute, the Kern Foundation, the Wabash Institute, Duke University, the Fund for Theological Education, the National Institutes of Science/Ford Foundation, the Lockheed Martin President’s Award, and the GE Aerospace General Manager’s Award.

Sechrest served two terms as co-chair of the African American Biblical Hermeneutics section in the Society of Biblical Literature, and gives presentations on race, ethnicity, and Christian thought in a variety of academic, business, and church contexts. She is the author of A Former Jew: Paul and the Dialectics of Race (2009, T&T Clark) and other articles and book chapters in NT studies, African American and Womanist biblical interpretation, and critical race theory and ethics. She is currently working on a book entitled Privilege: Race Relations and the New Testament (Eerdmans). Other projects include co-editing and contributing to two upcoming volumes: The Word Made Flesh: Biblical Rhetoric in the Speeches and Sermons of Martin Luther King, Jr.; and Race, Theology and Mission (IVP Academic). Sechrest also serves on the board of directors for Faith & Learning, International, a Christian mission and social entrepreneurship business incubator.

Download Dr. Sechrest’s CV, which includes a list of her current publications, here.

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