Felicia Howell LaBoy also serves as the Assistant Professor of Black Church Studies. A scholar, teacher, pastor, and community developer, LaBoy believes that the ultimate goal of theological education is to always educate, equip and empower leaders to respond to and transform creatively the church and world, while equipping others to do the same. She is often described as one who moves from the “seminary to the street, from the pulpit to the pavement.” LaBoy interweaves her academic, pastoral and business education and experience to bring together diverse groups to develop shared vision and work in concert to achieve better churches, communities and organizations.
An Elder in Full Connection with the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church, LaBoy has 14 years of urban and multicultural pastoral ministry. Most recently, she served as the Assistant Professor of Evangelization in the Heisel Chair at United Theological Seminary. In this capacity, she taught in the areas of evangelism, church renewal, black church, urban and women’s studies. Her forthcoming book Table Matters: The Sacraments, Evangelism and Social Justice, published by Wipf and Stock, will be released in 2016.
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