David Emmanuel Goatley

President, Fuller Theological Seminary

David Emmanuel Goatley is president of Fuller Theological Seminary. Prior to that, he served as served Duke Divinity School as the associate dean for academic and vocational formation, Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Jr. Research Professor of Theology and Christian Ministry, and director of the Office of Black Church Studies.

He is a constructive theologian whose scholarship and practice is at the intersection of missiology, Black Theology, and leadership strategy. A globally recognized missiologist, he emphasizes cross-cultural experiential learning with indigenous communities to deepen understanding, broaden horizons, and strengthen Christian discipleship and leadership formation.

He is ordained in the National Baptist Convention, USA, and serves in leadership capacities with the NAACP, Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Society, and the Baptist World Alliance and the World Council of Churches.

In addition to articles, essays, and book chapters, Goatley is editor of "Black Religion, Black Theology: Collected Essays of J. Deotis Roberts" (2003) and authored "Were You There? Godforsakenness in Slave Religion" (1996, 2007), "A Divine Assignment: The Missiology of Wendell Clay Somerville" (2010), and "Missions Is Essential" (2011). His current research projects include leadership development informed by liberation theology, contemporary missiology and strength-based organizational theory, Black Baptist missiology, and African-American pneumatology.


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