I am thrilled to announce to the seminary community that Dwight Radcliff Jr. has accepted the invitation to become the assistant provost for the William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies. In the seven and a half months since becoming director of the Pannell Center, Dr. Radcliff has repeatedly demonstrated his commitment to the Black church and his understanding of issues facing the church in an increasingly fractionated society. He has advocated for students, collaborated with faculty and administrators, and convened conversations that simply would not have happened without his influence. As Associate Provost for Faculty Inclusion and Equity Alexis Abernethy noted, “Dr. Radcliff has already displayed his collaborative style in his excellent and inspiring leadership of recent Fuller events in celebration of Dr. King. His commitment to promoting students’ growth and development, furthering the legacy of the Pannell Center, and fostering a thriving environment for Black students makes him a fine choice for this role.”
A graduate of both the School of Intercultural Studies (PhD) and the School of Theology (MDiv), Dr. Radcliff is also uniquely prepared to contribute in important ways to cross-school integration. With over 20 years of pastoral experience, including his role as senior pastor of The Message Center in Gardena, California, Dr. Radcliff is positioned to help both the Pannell Center and Fuller renew and strengthen connections to the church. As Dean Amos Yong puts it, “Dr. Radcliff’s missiological heart and acumen combined with his pastoral experience and persistence is exactly the blend that the Pannell Center and Fuller Seminary need today in order to engage with and deepen our relationship with the African American ecclesial and related communities.”
I am eagerly anticipating the continued positive impact of his heart, passion, and intellect on students, faculty, and administration as he takes this next step on his professional journey, and I congratulate Dwight as he moves into this expanded leadership role.
Mari Clements, Provost