The Reverend Marlon Hall
Marlon F. Hall is a curator of human potential who has worked to curate multiple social innovations in the cities of Houston, TX; Detroit, MI; and Nairobi, Kenya. Trained in Anthropology, he has gone from irritation to intrigue to innovation to curate projects like The Eat Gallery (the only restaurant / culinary art gallery in the world that incubated seven culinary artists and restaurants) to Folklore Films (a film project commissioned by the mayor of the city of Houston to tell better stories to Houston about Houston, one folkloric character at a time). Marlon was the 2016 Betsey Stockton Lecturer on the Theology of Leadership. Short Course Faculty
The Reverend Aqueelah Ligonde
Rev. Aqueelah Ligonde is an enthusiastic speaker and leader with a passion for today’s generation of youth, women, and leaders. She has worked with organizations such as: The Princeton Theological Seminary Institute for Youth Ministry’s Certificate in Youth and Theology Program, DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative, and Youth Specialties. She serves on the Executive Board of GenOn/Logos Ministries. She is an ordained Teaching Elder with PCUSA and a Staff Consultant with Ministry Architects. Currently, she is pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree from Louisville Theological Seminary. Aqueelah served, for over a decade, as the Youth Minister and Associate Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, Queens,NY. Preacher – Thursday, July 19
Dr. Tony McNeill
Tony McNeill currently serves as Interim Choral Director at Texas Southern University (TSU). Prior to coming to TSU in 2017, Dr. McNeill served almost five years as the Director of Worship and the Arts at Atlanta’s Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, “America’s Freedom Church.” In addition to his work at TSU, Dr. McNeill is a member of the staff of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary (JCSTS), based in Atlanta, where he serves as Program Director for the JCSTS Certificate in Worship Leadership. Dr. McNeill also renders his gifts as a Visiting Artist at the Park Avenue Christian Church of New York City. Dr. McNeill earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Appalachian State University, with an emphasis in piano and choral music, a Master’s degree in choral conducting from Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL), and a Doctorate of Worship Studies from the Robert Webber Institute for Worship Studies (Jacksonville, FL). Dr. McNeille has served as BTLI’s Artist-in-Residence for five years and was an Inaugural Fellow. Artist-in-Residence
The Reverend Kermit Moss
Kermit Cornell Moss, Sr. is a Ph.D. student in the area of Practical Theology (Christian Education and Formation), and the interim Director for the Center for Black Church Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary and has research interests in the intersection of theology, identity, spirituality, pneumatology, urban youth and hip-hop/ pop culture. Prior to matriculating to the Ph.D program, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Long Island University-Brooklyn campus, where with a B.A. in Political Science and also graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity. Kermit has served on pastoral staff in congregations in Virginia, and New Jersey, and served as senior pastor in a congregation in the South Bronx New York. Kermit has also spent six months in the Philippines as a missionary. He is married to Antoinette Gaboton-Moss and they have three wonderful children: Kermit Jr., Sebastian, and Chloe. Preacher – Wednesday, July 18
The Reverend Dr. Theresa S. Thames
Theresa S. Thames is the Associate Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel at Princeton University. As an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, Dean Thames served as a local pastor in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area for nine years before joining the ORL staff. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.A. in Human Communication Studies, received her M.Div. with a concentration in Gender Studies from Duke Divinity School and her Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Seminary. Dean Thames is passionate about the intersections of theology, community, and social justice. Preacher – Friday, July 20
The Reverend Yvette R. Blair-Lavallais
A womanist preacher who understands what it’s like to navigate liminal spaces and to use her prophetic voice as a form of resistance to liberate women from marginalized and oppressive spaces, Yvette cultivated, co-founded and serves as Co-Pastor alongside two other womanist clergywomen in a new worshipping community in Dallas called The Gathering – A Womanist Church. Through her social justice ministry work, Yvette is interested in how famines, food apartheid and gentrification affect the vulnerable. She is an elder in The United Methodist Church, holds a BA in Journalism from the University of North Texas, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Master of Theological Studies from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree in Land, Food and Faith Formation at Memphis Theological Seminary. Theologian-in-Residence
The Reverend William E. Coleman, Jr.
William E. Coleman Jr. is an Associate Minister, Minister of Health at Shiloh Baptist Church, Trenton. Reverend Coleman is an Educator, Team Builder, Motivator, Author and Lecturer: “He tells it like it is.” He is the Author of “Community Renewal Thru Rejuvenation of the Soul.” He is a Retired NYC Police Detective Training Specialist, crisis counselor and conflict resolution specialist. He is an anti-gang, anti-bullying lecturer. Reverend William E Coleman Jr. served as an Associate Regional Pastor for Retired Clergy at American Baptist Churches of New Jersey (ABCNJ). William was a pulpit support Minister for ABCNJ and was an Interim Pastor at Second Baptist Church, Asbury Park, New Jersey. He was Interim Pastor at First Baptist Church of Long Branch, Long Branch, New Jersey from November 2010 until August 2012. He was a Deacon, licensed Minister and ordained at Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton, New Jersey. He was a Chaplain at St. Francis Hospital in Trenton, New Jersey. William is a Trustee at Mercer County Community College. He is a member of the Board of Directors of ACCT and President of the African American Community College Trustee Association.He has a Bachelors’ Degree in Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, A Master’s Degree from CUNY, Baruch College and a Master’s Degree from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Rev. Coleman is currently a doctoral student at Wesley Theological Seminary, ABD, Washington, DC, Graduation. 2019. He is married to Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman and they have 4 children. Theologian-in-Residence
The Reverend Maureen Gerald
Maureen Gerald is a Spiritual Director at Princeton Theological Seminary, Interfaith Advisor for the U.S. congressional 12th district of N.J. and business owner of Momentum, Counseling, Coaching, & Consulting LLC. She is a licensed clinical practitioner and ordained minister. Her expertise in training, teaching, and preaching personal and organizational growth solutions to multicultural communities has led her across the world. Her life’s work in getting people to move forward integrates her theological, contemplative and clinical social work training. One of her clients include Princeton Alliance Church, where she provides clinical counseling to their congregants who represent four continents across the globe. Rev. Gerald’s work with third-world countries includes serving survivors of catastrophic experiences. In 2010, Dateline NBC featured her own survival story during the historic Haiti earthquake. Maureen has received State Congressional commendations for her work nationally and abroad.
Rev. Gerald’s academic background includes the College of St. Elizabeth, Columbia University, Princeton Theological Seminary and Oasis Ministries.
Most importantly, Maureen is married to Kevin Gerald and holds immeasurable love for her beautifully blended family which keeps her grounded and grateful. Theologian-in-Residence
The Very Reverend Charles Fischer
A native of New Jersey, he grew up in an Episcopal family. His early childhood memories were going to church with his parents and siblings, participating in the life of their home parish. Rev. Fischer also cherishes the times he would travel to various parishes with his grandfather, the late Rev. Canon Isaiah G. Bell, also an Episcopal priest. Rev. Fischer received his undergraduate degree in finance from Morehouse College. After several years of working in New York City, he returned to his beloved alma mater, serving as the Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Programs (2001-2006). During his time at Morehouse, Rev. Fischer began to discern God’s call on his life under the tutelage of the rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the Very Rev. Robert C. Wright.
Rev. Fischer answered God’s call in 2006 and continued his studies at the Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) in Alexandria, VA, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree. During his course of study he was deeply committed to the life of the community, holding many leadership positions including Student Body President. Also during this time, he was a Canterbury Scholar at the Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, England.
Rev. Fischer is a fellow of the Black Theology and Leadership Institute at Princeton Theological Seminary. He has also studied at Wesley Theological Seminary, Howard University Divinity School, Columbia Theological Seminary and Princeton Theological Seminary. Theologian-in-Residence
Dr. Stephen I. Hithe, Jr.
Stephen I. Hithe, Jr. currently serves as President of the North Carolina State Council Brotherhood Auxiliary (Pentecostal Assemblies of the World). Additionally, he has served as an associate pastor for over four years in Durham. Dr. Hithe is a retired Navy combat veteran with 25 years of honorable service. He is a visiting representative of the Duke Black Alumni Association, periodically holding office hours and round table discussions on social issues with black undergraduate students. Dr. Hithe is a designated U.S. Naval Academy Blue & Gold Officer overseeing the application process in Raleigh, Durham and Fayetteville areas for high school seniors applying for appointments to U.S. service academies. He is a member of the admissions advisory committees for Duke University and the U.S. Naval Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Security & Management from the University of Phoenix, Master of Arts in Christian Studies from Duke Divinity School, and Doctorate in Christian Education with a focus in church leadership from North Carolina College of Theology. Dr. Hithe is a 2016 BTLI Fellow. Theologian-in-Residence
The Reverend Teddy Reeves
Teddy Reeves is the Curatorial Museum Specialist of Religion in the Center for the Study of African American Religious Life at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C. At the museum, Teddy is responsible for assisting in collecting religious artifacts, research, public programs, and faith based outreach. Teddy earned his B.A. in English from Hampton University, his Master of Divinity from Princeton Seminary, and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the department of Administration and Supervision at Fordham University, where he is exploring the impact of race, religion, and normal school education on the first African American ordained clergyman in the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, The Reverend Charles Uncles. He is married to the talented actress Mrs. Briana Gibson Reeves, MFA, and they are displaced North Carolinians, by way of Brooklyn and Jamaica Queens, NY. They currently reside in the Washington, D.C. area. Innovator-in-Residence