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Vince Bantu

Assistant Professor of Church History and Black Church Studies

BA, Wheaton College
MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
ThM, Princeton Theological Seminary
MA, The Catholic University of America
PhD, The Catholic University of America

Courses Taught

CH569: Early African and Asian Christianity

EV514: Urban Evangelism

HT500: The Church’s Understanding of God and Christ in Its Historical Development

ST510: Introduction to Black Theology

TH553: Race, Religion, and Theology in America

TM507: Ethnicities and Churches / Etnos e Iglesias: Las Narrativas Interculturales de la Vida en los Estados Unidos


Campus Affiliations

Areas of Expertise

African Christianity, African church history, Semitic and Egyptian languages, racial reconciliation, non-Western Christianity, apologetics, community development, interfaith dialogue, African American theology

“After the Lord called me to ministry as a teenager, he gave me the opportunity to leave my neighborhood and study at various schools. My deepest passion now is to make the resources of the theological academy available to my community.”


Vince Bantu


Vince Bantu joined the Fuller faculty as assistant professor of church history and Black church studies in 2019. Dr. Bantu teaches primarily on Fuller’s Houston campus, where he also serves as a liaison to the William E. Pannell Center for Black Church Studies and networks with Black churches, pastors, and students.

Prior to coming to Fuller, Bantu taught in various capacities at a number of colleges and institutions, including Nyack College, New York Theological Seminary, North Park Theological Seminary, the Center for Early African Christianity, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Covenant Theological Seminary. 

Additionally, he has years of pastoral experience in African American, Asian American, and Hispanic churches, as well as extensive involvement in multicultural urban communities.

Bantu earned his PhD in Semitic and Egyptian Languages from the Catholic University of America, and his dissertation married his interests in African Christianity and social identity. He also directs the Meachum School of Haymanot, which provides theological education for urban pastors and leaders.

He is the author of Gospel Haymanot: A Constructive Theology and Critical Reflection on African and Diasporic Christianity (2020) and A Multitude of All Peoples: Engaging Ancient Christianity’s Global Identity (2020), as well as numerous articles on global Christianity, Syriac and Nubian Christianity, apologetics, justice, evangelism, and African American theology.  

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