Greetings in the name of our savior Jesus Christ!
I would like to take this time to welcome you to the Black Church Studies program at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary-a program that is the realization of a decade of work. For the past three years, as Associate Director of Admissions, I have been reaching out to strengthen existing relationships and establish new relationships with presiding Bishops, denominational officials in various traditions, pastors, counselors, and lay leaders. These relationships have provided bridges for gifted and dedicated women and men an opportunity to prepare for ministry in the church. This work has been instrumental in establishing a base upon which a Black Church Studies program can be built. And so with a deep sense of gratitude and excitement, the program was launched.
The Black Church Studies Program 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. It is our hope 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. Through a challenging curriculum with courses like African American Hermeneutics, Black Theology, Black Preaching, and African American Worship, as well as Field Education, students are introduced to a different perspective on theological studies and furthermore, are invited to explore their calling to ministry with such contextual matters in mind. I trust that God’s Holy Spirit will inspire you and guide you as you explore this exciting program. I look forward to talking, meeting, and serving you in any way possible. May the blessings of the Lord Jesus Christ be upon you.
Rev. Lewis Brogdon Jr., PhD
Director, Black Church Studies Program
Assistant Professor of New Testament and Black Church Studies