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William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies

Fuller Theological Seminary, as an institution, is committed to forming global leaders for kingdom vocations. The William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies seeks to assist in the formation of Black scholars and to partner with the Black church and community. In order to accomplish this two-fold vision, the Pannell Center must actively and strategically engage with Black scholars/scholarship and leaders in the Black church and community.

Black Scholars in Post-Civil Rights Institutions

This year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration featured keynote speaker Stefan Bradley, who spoke about the history of Black scholars’ experiences in elite higher education institutions and the work that needs to be done in such spaces today.

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Resources for the Community

Browse Pannell Center articles, videos, and podcasts. Our resources gather the insights of scholars and practitioners for your work and ministry in and outside of the church

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The Pannell Center on Facebook

Follow our Facebook page to hear about Pannell Center events and to meet Fuller students and alumni

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Featured Faculty

Learn from our faculty members, who combine practical experience with rigorous scholarship in Black church studies, the history of African Christianity, mission, culture, psychology, practical theology, and more.

Dwight A. Radcliff Jr.

Vince Bantu

Alexis D. Abernethy

Ted Cosse

Tina Armstrong

Adjunct and Affiliate Faculty

Ralph Watkins

Affiliate Associate Professor of Society, Religion, and African Studies

Akintunde Akinade

Adjunct Professor of Black Theology and African Studies

Antipas Harris

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Preaching

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Hip Hop Hermeneutic

Dwight Radcliff, director of the Pannell Center, explores the history of the African American church and Hip Hop as a lens for interpreting Scripture

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Conversing: Brenda Salter McNeil on Reconciliation

Brenda Salter McNeil, speaker, author, and professor, talks about the long work of reconciliation, the need to speak truth, and the ongoing process of repentance, forgiveness, and justice guided by God’s Spirit.

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In the Room with Dwight Hopkins

The University of Chicago theology professor and a community of scholars discuss the social, cultural, and pastoral intersections of the Black experience

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Dwight A. Radcliff, Jr.
Academic Dean

Ahren Samuel
Administrative Coordinator


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