Assistant Professor of New Testament and Black Church Studies, Director of Black Church Studies Bluefield College in Bluefield, VA, BA; Louisville Seminary, MDiv; Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA, PhD
The Rev. Dr. Lewis Brogdon was appointed as an assistant professor in 2011. Since 2006, Brogdon has served as Associate Director of Recruiting and Admissions, and in 2009, he added the responsibilities of director of the newly launched Black Church Studies program. Brogdon, a 2005 Louisville Seminary graduate, who received his PhD from Regent University School of Divinity in 2010, also teaches courses in New Testament and in Black Church Studies.
Brogdon first came to the Seminary as an experienced pastor and teacher. Brogdon’s passion for learning and teaching inspired him to pursue PhD work in the areas of Biblical Interpretation, Pentecostalism, and African American Religious History. His Doctoral dissertation is entitled Exclusion as Impediment to Conversion: an African American Interpretation of Paul’s Letter to Philemon (2010).
As Director of the Black Church Studies Program at Louisville Seminary, Brogdon hopes that students will be inspired and empowered by courses that reflect their commitments and enhance their understanding of the traditions that comprise the Black Church.
“The Black Church Studies program is the realization of a decade of work and represents an institutional commitment to cultivate leaders for the challenges of ministry in the African American context as well as a commitment to engage theological education from a contextual standpoint,” says Brogdon.
In addition to his work at the Seminary, Brogdon served as a congregational minister for 19 years. His interest in the 21st century Black Church, trends in the American Church, and the crisis of pastoral leadership in America, in addition to his passion for spiritual renewal, leadership development, and biblical study informs his own pastoral ministry as he advises students and guides them through pastoral discernment.
Brogdon has written for various publications, including “Marty’s Sunday: Revelation 7:13-17” in African American Lectionary (2009), “The Decline of African American Theology? A Critical Response to Thabiti Anyabwile” with Amos Yong in Journal of Reformed Theology (2010); and a chapter on “African American Pentecostalism” in A Handbook of Pentecostal Christianity (Northern Illinois University Press, 2011). He has also published review essays on the Word of Faith Movement, the prosperity movement, and racism in American Protestantism in Pneuma: The Journal for Society of Pentecostal Studies.