BA Earlham College, 1987; MDiv Howard University School of Divinity, 1997; Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, Duke University, 2000; PhD in Hebrew Bible, Duke University, 2006.

The Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney is an Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School in Ft. Worth, TX where she teaches masters and doctoral students in initial and advanced degree programs including MDiv, ThM and PhD.

Dr. Gafney is the author of Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to the Women of the Torah and the Throne (available for pre-order at Westminster/John Knox)

Dr. Gafney, an Episcopal priest, remains a member of the historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia, PA as she is canonically resident in the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. Founded in 1792, it is the first Episcopal church in the U.S. founded by and for African Americans. She is a former member of the Dorshei Derekh Reconstructionist Minyan of the Germantown Jewish Centre, in Philadelphia. She remains actively engaged in inter-religious work and is particularly interested in how Jews and Christians interpret the texts they hold in common. She is also licensed in the Diocese of Fort Worth.

Dr. Gafney is a former US Army Reserve chaplain who served the Thompson Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church as pastor before joining the Episcopal Church.


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