From the desk of Rev. Angela D. Sims, Ph.D., CRCDS President

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kishundra King as Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Director of Black Religious Thought and Life at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (CRCDS). Dr. King successfully defended her dissertation in March and looks forward to the formal conferral of her Ph.D. in Religion, Psychology, and Culture from Vanderbilt University where she was a Theology and Practice Program fellow and recipient of a doctoral fellowship from the Forum for Theological Exploration. She earned an M.Div. from Yale University Divinity School; an M.S. in Counseling from Creighton University; and a BS in Biology with a minor in Theology from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH.

Dr. King’s research focuses on Womanist pastoral theology grounded in Black girlhood experiences. She draws on her clinical counseling experiences and employs a Womanist approach to ethnography. In her classroom, Dr. King aims to create a formative learning environment where students develop their own pastoral identity and practice. A member of several professional guilds, she serves on the steering committee of the Childhood Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion and has served as a co-convener and conference planner in various academic settings.

Dr. King joins the CRCDS Community on July 1, 2021. Please help me and our Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Deborah J. Rogers, welcome Dr. King to the community!