Ralph Basui Watkins
The Peachtree Associate Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth
Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur Georgia
AA, American River Junior College
BA, California State University at Sacramento
MA, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
MFA, Savannah College of Art and Design
DMin, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
PhD, University of Pittsburgh
Ralph Watkins is associate professor of evangelism and church growth. His work focuses on building bridges between young adults and the church in order to develop future leaders for the twenty-first century church.
With over 20 years of pastoral, teaching, and administrative experience, Watkins is an active teaching scholar with over 250 publications and conference presentations to his credit. He is the author of The Future of the African American Church (co-authored with Justin West) (2014), Hip-Hop Redemption: Finding God in the Rhythm and the Rhyme (2011), Leading Your African American Church Through Pastoral Transition (2010), From Jay-Z to Jesus: Reaching and Teaching Young Adults in the Black Church (co-authored with Benjamin Stephens) (2008), The Gospel Remix: Reaching the Hip Hop Generation (2007), and I Ain’t Afraid to Speak My Mind (2003). He is presently working on his next book with Eerdmans Press entitled Africana Theology: The Re-Radicalization of Black Theology. Watkins is an active blogger and his blog can be read at http://ralphbasuiwatkins.blogspot.com
Dr. Watkins is the host of the television show Conversation with Dr. Ralph Basui Watkins a that discusses issues of faith and social justice. His television show airs on the Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting Network. He is also the producer / director of two full length feature documentaries: She Is The Pastor (2012) and Our Journey to Palestine: A Story of the 43rd Delegation of Interfaith Peace Builders (2013). He is presently working on his new documentary Jazz as a Metaphor for Ministry.
In recent years, Watkins has received a Governor’s Teaching Fellowship, Lilly Teaching Fellowship, Fulbright Hayes Fellowship for study in Ghana, a Wabash Teaching Fellowship, and various awards and grants to study the African roots of African American theology in Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt, Ethiopia, Senegal, and Ghana.
Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching:
Evangelism, church growth, congregational formation, Africana theology / Black theology, hip-hop culture and visual storytelling
He has been married to Dr. Vanessa C. Watkins since June 21, 1982 and they have three adult children.
A Visionary Leader
Dr. Ralph Basui Watkins