Our instructors in the DMin in Community Organizing are one of the program’s greatest assets. They are widely recognized for their expertise, scholarship, and leadership in the church, community, and academy. The organizer-scholars teaching in the Community Organizing track are:
Rev. Dr. Angela Cowser is associate dean of the doctor of ministry and Black Church studies program and associate professor of Black Church studies at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She is ordained as a Presbyterian Church (USA) Minister of Word and Sacrament. In the classroom and in the church, she comes as a sociologist of religion, community organizer, and pastor, and as such, tries to give her students theological, ethical, and sociological tools to help them think and act in ways that deal realistically with the world as it is, while they dream, plan, and organize towards the world as it should be.
Rev. Dr. Joseph W. Daniels, Jr. is lead pastor of The Emory Fellowship in Washington, D.C. A nationally recognized turnaround pastor, he has taught, preached and consulted on congregational and community revitalization. A sought after speaker, preacher, mentor and author, he is most happy when inspiring and equipping others to see the possibilities God has for them and their communities. During Daniels’ ministry at the church, weekly worship attendance has grown from 55 people to more than 400 every Sunday, and Emory UMC received the Kim Jefferson Northeast Jurisdictional Award for effective urban ministry representing The United Methodist Church, and is one of 25 Congregational Resource Centers for Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC 21).
Rev. Dr. Felicia LaBoy comes with over 18 years of urban pastoral ministry and 30+ years of business experience. She is known for her inspirational, practical, and common-sense approach. Often described as one who moves from the “seminary to the street, from the pulpit to the pavement,”she is a popular speaker and expert in the fields of faith-based community and leadership development, evangelism, and race relations. LaBoy weaves her academic, pastoral and business education and experience to lead individuals and diverse groups in achieving better churches, communities, and organizations. In addition to her business, academic and pastoral experience, LaBoy is an author and coach dedicated to helping people break through what holds them back from manifesting their dreams and impacting the world around them. She understands her life’s work as helping people move from being good to being great. Her books include Table Matters: The Sacraments, Evangelism and Social Justice, Unstuck: 8 Steps You Can Take Right Now To Possess Your Promise and Not For Women Only: Leadership Lessons From Women in the Bible – A 40-Day Devotional (Spring 2019).
Dr. Rolf Nolasco is Professor of Pastoral Theology at Garrett-Evangelical. He is an experienced professor, trained in pastoral and counseling psychology, mindfulness and contemplative spirituality, and affective neuroscience. Nolasco is also a psychotherapist, published author, and has vast experience in cross cultural communications from living and working across the world within varying social and cultural backgrounds. He is the author of The Contemplative Counselor: A Way of Being (Fortress Press, 2011) and Compassionate Presence: A Radical Response to Human Suffering (Cascade Books, 2016). His most recent work seeks to affirm compassion as the pulsating heartbeat of Christian theology and praxis through the hermeneutical perspectives of brain science, psychology, and practical theology. Nolasco is currently working on two books, namely God’s Beloved Queer (Wipf and Stock, 2019) and Depression, Dark Night of the Soul, and Joy (Cascade Books, 2020).
Gerald Taylor is one of the most creative experienced organizers and strategic campaign planners and trainers in the country. His innovation and creativity in developing and delivering training, strategic advice, and organizational development is well known both nationally and internationally. For nearly 50 years, he was a national senior organizer of the IAF and for 26 of those years the IAF’s Southeast Regional Director. He retired from the IAF in 2014. He began organizing in the Civil Rights Movement as a youth leader, eventually being elected as New York State President of the NAACP Youth and College Division at 17 years old. He organized with the National Democratic Party of Alabama, an interracial third political party, in their historic election victories of 1970. He served on the National Trustee Board of the National Urban League during the last years of Whitney Young’s leadership and in the transition to Vernon Jordan. He also was one of the first “civil rights” interns at the Metropolitan Applied Research Center, a Civil Rights Think Tank, founded by Dr. Kenneth Clark where he engaged with senior leaders of the civil rights movement in discussions about the future direction of the movement.
Taylor has developed organizations with leaders in numerous communities in the United States including New York City, Baltimore, Memphis, Nashville, Atlanta, and Jackson, Mississippi. He has worked with organizations such as Bread for the World, the Sidney Alliance in Australia, President Jimmy Carter’s Commission on Neighborhoods, national unions including the National Education Association and SEIU/Workers United. In 2004, he was honored by being named an international auditor in South Africa for the Lesson Project Roundtable on Building Citizen Capacity and Land reform. He provided consultant services to civil society organizations in Swaziland and Zimbabwe. In 2007, Taylor went to India as part of a delegation of post Katrina community organizers to meet with Tsunami area civil society leaders to share and explore strategies from their common experiences. Taylor has trained thousands of clergy, lay leaders, unions’ staff and leaders, government and private sector institutional leaders over the past forty years and lectured at colleges and universities including Duke University, Vanderbilt University, UNC Chapel-Hill, Shaw Divinity School, University of Illinois, North Carolina Central University, and Trinity College on theories of social change and community organizing.
Rev. Dr. Mark Teasdale is the E. Stanley Jones professor of evangelism at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. As a professor, author, and pastor, Teasdale focuses on evangelism, church leadership, mission, discipleship, and Wesleyan/Methodist studies. He is the President of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education (AETE) and served for six years as the editor of Witness: The Journal of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education. Teasdale is the author of GO! How to Become a Great Commission Church, Evangelism for Non-Evangelists: Sharing the Gospel Authentically, and Methodist Evangelism, American Salvation: The Home Missions of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1860-1920.