William E. Pannell Center

The William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies seeks to expand the formation of today's Christian leaders, deepening their understanding of and engagement with the African American church and its contributions to society. Through academic, practical, and spiritual formation opportunities, the center nurtures relationships between the broader church, the Fuller community, and the African American church, community, and culture.

The Pannell Center was birthed in 1974—initially called the Theological Studies Program for Black Ministers—largely through the efforts of former trustee and longtime faculty member William E. Pannell, in whose honor the center was named in 2015. Its founding stemmed from a conviction that the Black church has much to contribute to the seminary experience, a conviction that continues to guide its work today.

Below, watch three sessions from the 2018 Pannell Center lectures,
Black Public Theology and Race in America.


Email: pannellcenter@fuller.edu 
Phone: 626.584.5591
Fax: 626.584.5570
Location: 460 Ford Place, suite 201, Pasadena, CA
Mailing Address: 135 N Oakland Ave, Pasadena, CA 91182

Clifton Clarke
Associate Dean, William Pannell Center for African American Church Studies
Associate Professor of Black Church Studies and World Christianity

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As part of our Black Public Theology Symposium, we will be celebrating the lives and reviewing the legacies Katie Cannon and Aretha Franklin–Register Now

Clifton Clarke is appointed Associate Dean of the Pannell Center for African American Church Studies - Read More

The Story Table

Community members share personal stories around "Reconciling Race" at Fuller's Story Table - Watch and Listen

Get a glimpse into the Pannell Center's history from its 40th Anniversary Celebration - Listen Now

Hear from and meet black faculty and staff to learn about more about their area of scholarship and departments. There will be a Jazz band, plenty of soul food and lots of fun! Register Now

In an era of Black Lives Matter, this symposium engages Black theology with the popular political and civic experience of the Black church and community—register now

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The Pannell Center's Jeanelle Asutin reflects on the complexities of working toward racial reconciliation - Read Now

Watch this delightful video capturing a day in the life of our Center's founder