Vice-President, Academic Dean, and Professor of Biblical Studies at American Baptist College

Reverend Dr. Renita J. Weems is a biblical scholar, an academic administrator, a writer, an ordained minister, and a public intellectual whose scholarly insights into modern faith, biblical texts, and the role of spirituality in everyday lives make her a highly sought-after writer and speaker. She has numerous books, commentaries and articles on the Bible and prophetic religion to her credit

Ordained an elder in the AME Church since 1984, Dr. Weems is a former member of the faculty of Vanderbilt University Divinity School (1987-03), where she was the first African-American woman to be tenured. She is a former William & Camille Cosby Visiting Professor of Spelman College (2003-05). Dr. Weems is the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Old Testament (Princeton Theological Seminary, 1989). She received her M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary (1983) and B.A. from Wellesley College (1976). She was the first African-American woman to deliver the prestigious Lyman Beecher Lecture at Yale University (2008).


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