Chelsea Brooke Yarborough

Assistant Professor of Liturgical Studies

Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow and the Styberg Teaching Fellow


  • B.A., Elon University
  • M.Div., Wake Forest Divinity
  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Yarborough is an ordained minister, a poet, an enneagram enthusiast, and a lover of leadership development. Her research interests include expanding genre in both homiletics and liturgics. She is committed to interrogating normative and traditional ways of thinking about preaching, liturgy, and exploring black liturgical theology. Her interests in preaching push against spatial demarcation for the sacred in order to include a wider canon of worship and preaching expressions.

Yarborough received her doctor of philosophy in homiletics and liturgics with a minor in practical theology from the Graduate Department of Religion at Vanderbilt University. Her dissertation is titled, “That’ll Preach”: Decentering the Pulpit through the Non-Pulpit Homiletical Practice of Black Women. As a doctoral candidate she received numerous awards, grants, and fellowships, including two doctoral fellowships from The Forum for Theological Exploration. She holds a master of divinity from Wake Forest University School of Divinity and a bachelor of arts in political science from Elon University.