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William E. Pannell Center for Black Church Studies

"We are the church. We are the community. We are the culture."

Fuller Theological Seminary, as an institution, is committed to forming global leaders for kingdom vocations. The William E. Pannell Center for Black Church Studies provides indispensable formational education—by building a body of Black leaders who believe in the power of the church, the community, and the culture. In order to accomplish this vision, the Pannell Center embraces a mission to proactively build and empower Black Christian leaders by centering kingdom work, cultural enrichment, and academic rigor. These priorities will focus the work of the Pannell Center and enable us to provide indispensable formational opportunities.

Save the Date

Join us next year for the 2023 MLKJ Celebration, to be held January 18–20, 2023

A Continued Tradition, with Charlie Dates

On this episode of Conversing, Charlie Dates reflects on how the Black preaching tradition has shaped him into the preacher he is today, as well as how to practice faithful discernment about one’s pastoral calling.

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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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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

Cedric Williams

Edgar “Trey” Clark III

Jaclyn Williams

Alesia Starks

Adjunct and Affiliate Faculty

Akintunde Akinade

Adjunct Professor of Black Theology and African Studies

Antipas Harris

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Preaching

Sarah Farmer

Affiliate Assistant Professor of Youth, Family, and Culture

Tamisha Tyler

Adjunct Instructor in Theology and Culture

Ralph Watkins

Affiliate Associate Professor of Society, Religion, and African Studies

Jaclyn Williams

Adjunct Instructor in 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
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Lisa Smith
Program Coordinator
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Kayla Johnson
Program Assistant
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Mailing Address: 135 N Oakland Ave, Pasadena, CA 91182