Our faculty in the DMin in Strategic Leadership for Black Congregations are one of the program’s greatest assets. They are widely recognized for their expertise, scholarship, and leadership in the Church and academy. The scholar practitioner's teaching in the Strategic Leadership for Black Congregations track are:
Rev. Dr. Reginald Blount is associate professor of formation, leadership, and culture at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, senior pastor of Arnett Chapel AME Church, co-executive director of the Garrett-Evanston Freedom School Program, and program director of the Garrett-Evangelical Young Adult Initiative. He has spoken nationally and internationally at numerous conferences and workshops helping faith communities envision new and creative ways to minister to, with, and on behalf of young people.
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).
Rev. Dr. Michael C.R. Nabors is senior pastor of Second Baptist Church of Evanston. With extensive experience both in the church and in the academy, Nabors has sought to build bridges and erase the gap between the local community, the church, and the academy. As a result, Nabors has received over 100 community, church, and ministry awards for leadership and service. He has also served as director of the master of divinity and student life programs at Ecumenical Theological Seminary, where he is professor of homiletics and African American religious history. He also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Calvin Theological Seminary, and Marygrove College. Nabors primary academic interest is in helping students practice homiletical preparation for preaching in the changing world of the 21st century.