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. 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.
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. 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.
Rev. Dr. Steven Trefz is director of the Wesley House of Study and Kairos affiliate professor at Sioux Falls Seminary, teaching pastor at Fusion Church, and is an affiliate faculty member at Garrett-Evangelical. An ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, Trefz has a passion for the church, for helping people discern their calls, and for leadership development. As a scholar, Trefz interests and expertise include congregational leadership, a Wesleyan view of theology and ecclesiology, spiritual gifts and the ministry of all persons, and social research methodologies. Trefz was the winner of the 2013 Association of Doctor of Ministry Educators (ADME) Award of Excellence for outstanding DMin Thesis and is the author of several articles on methodology and lay leadership, and rural evangelism.