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School of Theology

Welcome to the School of Theology

Welcome to the Oakwood University School of Theology, where God, knowledge and ministry intersect to fulfill Jesus’ mission of hope an wholeness to all the world. We invite you to:

  • Experience a welcoming and diverse community.
  • Explore the path of purpose and service,
  • Expand your horizons as you deepen your faith

-DEAN, R. Clifford Jones



Undergraduate Department

Gregory Allen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of
New Testament

Manuel Moral
Ph.D., D.Min.
Associate Professor of Practical &
Pastoral Theology

Cory Rowe, D.Min
Assistant Professor of Pastoral
Care & Chaplaincy (CPE)

Graduate Department


Agniel Samson, Th.D.
Professor of New Testament and
World Religions


Finbar Benjamin D.Min
Associate Professor of Practical &
Pastoral Theology


Carlton P. Byrd, D.Min
Associate Professor of Preaching
and Evangelism

Trevor Fraser, D.Min
Associate Professor of Pastoral
Theology and Counseling

Ifeoma Kwesi, D.Min
Associate Professor of Christian Formation
and African American Studies

Tarsee Li, Ph.D
Professor of Old Testament and
Semitic Linguistics

Gilbert Okuro Ojwang, Ph.D
Professor of Old Testament and
Semitic Languages

Leslie N. Pollard, Ph.D, D.Min, MBA
Professor of New Testament
Language and Literature

Jesse Wilson, D.Min
Associate Professor of Practical Theology
& Evangelism/Urban Ministry


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Distinguished Alumni

Dr. Barry C. Black  was elected the 62nd Chaplain of the United States Senate in 2003, the first African American and the first Seventh-day Adventist to hold this office. Prior to Capitol Hill, Chaplain Black served in the U.S. Navy for over 27 years, ending his distinguished career as the Chief of Navy Chaplains. Chaplain Black is an alumnus of Oakwood College, and has earned Master of Arts degrees in Divinity, Counseling, and Management, and he has received a doctoral degree in Ministry and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychology. In 2006 he authored his autobiography entitled, From the Hood to the Hill and in 2011 The Blessing of Adversity.