The Reverend Dr. Yolanda Pierce


Yolanda Pierce is the Elmer G. Homrighausen Associate Professor of Religion and Literature at Princeton Theological Seminary. She holds graduate degrees from Cornell University and an undergraduate degree from Princeton University. She teaches courses in African American religious history, feminist/womanist theology, and religion and literature. Pierce’s academic work focuses on the historical and contemporary significance of the African American religious tradition. Her books, critical essays, and numerous publications in academic journals consider the relationship between religious faith, race, and gender in the American context. In addition to her teaching and academic scholarship, Pierce is an ordained Christian minister, dedicated mentor, community activist, and board member of a foster care agency. She maintains a public intellectual presence through her blogs, frequent appearances on television and radio, and writings for magazines and newspapers. She believes that teaching and scholarship are meaningful only if they truly enhance people’s daily lives.

Rev Teddy R. Reeves

Program Administrator

Teddy R. Reeves is program administrator of the Center of Black Church Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and an undergraduate degree from Hampton University. Prior to coming to Princeton, Teddy Reeves served as a high school English teacher at two prestigious independent schools and, as a fundraising consultant for a large philanthropic firm. Reeves also serves as the executive pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Jamaica, NY. He is a mentor, community activist, church fundraising consultant, and advisory board member for the Trenton Special Parent Advocacy Group.