Rev. Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley is the newly appointed Research Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies and Director of the Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School. Dr. Goatley is a constructive theologian whose scholarship and practice is at the intersection of ecclesiology, 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, the Baptist World Alliance, and the World Council of Churches. In addition to articles, essays, and book chapters, Dr. 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.
Rev. Dr. Goatley holds a Ph.D. in theology and an M.Div., both from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and a B.S. in guidance and counseling from the University of Louisville. He previously was an assistant professor of theology and African-American Studies at Memphis Theological Seminary in Tennessee, and an assistant professor of humanities and Pan African Studies at the University of Louisville. He also served as the pastor of First Baptist Church in Campbellsville, Ky. A member of the Baptist World Alliance General Council, Goatley is the chair of the Theological Reflection, Freedom, and Justice Commissions.