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William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies

The Pannell Center at Fuller Theological Seminary is committed to expanding the formation of Christian leaders in the African American church, community, and culture. In line with Fuller’s vision of forming global leaders for kingdom vocations, the center is a powerful resource for the forming of Christian leaders to effectively serve the African American church and community. In addition to continuing the legacy of training and developing church leaders, the Pannell Center seeks to nurture and form erudite African American scholars and courageous scholar-activists.

The Black Church and the Urban Poor in America

Watch the Pannell Center’s recent discussions on the intersections of race, economics, and a theology of justice during the 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Fuller

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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

Marcia Clarke

Affiliate Assistant Professor of Practical Theology

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

Pannell Center on Fuller Studio

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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FULLER dialogues: Black Public Theology

Leaders from the Black academy and the Black church explore ways to foster greater interaction between Black theology and the Black church and community

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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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Contact Us


Dwight A. Radcliff Jr.
Director, William Pannell Center for African American Church Studies


Location: 460 Ford Place, Suite 201, Pasadena, CA 91182

Mailing Address: 135 N Oakland Ave, Pasadena, CA 91182