We teach, research, publish, and create experiences to nurture effective leaders for the church, the academy, and the world.


OBCS Celebrates 50 Years!


Gardner C. Taylor Lecture Series

Tuesday, Sept 13, 2022
11:45AM & 3:30PM

Pilgrimages of
Striving & Thriving

A New Podcast
Exploring how Black pastoral leaders in the United States flourish in their various ministerial contexts.

At the Office of Black Church Studies, we seek to enrich the work and witness of Duke Divinity School—with both theological and spiritual resources from Black Church contexts.

We draw from intellectual and empirical resources of Africa and the African Diaspora, and strengthen the mission and vocation of the school to impact congregations, organizations, and societies locally and globally.

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We help to form good and faithful leaders through curricula, lectures, and relationships and networks.


Unique Course Offerings

Our course offerings increase theological and ministerial capacities of Divinity School and University students.


Certificate in Black Church Studies

Offering the opportunity for reflection, dialogue, and practice for students who are interested in the intersection of race and faith, particularly in the tradition of Black churches.


Black Pastoral Leadership Collaboration

This initiative draws on original research from the Black church for the whole church — focusing on research, teaching, and convening.


Lectures & Events

Networking and conversation help service learning and relationship cultivation, while exploring approaches to transform churches, organizations and communities.

“Studying at Duke Divinity has helped me to foster a particular fortitude, as my convictions, formed out of the Black church tradition, are brought into the discussion of the broader theological conversation.”

Orlander Thomas, M.Div. ’20