Dean Laceye Warner announced today that Keith Daniel has been named interim director of the Office of Black Church Studies (OBCS) at Duke Divinity School. He steps into the role held by Dr. Joy Moore, who is leaving Duke Sept. 1 to join the faculty at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Daniel, a Duke alumnus and former football player, received a B.A. from Duke in 1990 and an M.Div. in 2005. He served previously as director of community and campus engagement for Duke Chapel and was recently named coordinator of the university-wide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the enrollment of African-American students at Duke, which will launch in 2013. Daniel has served as a spiritual formation leader at the Divinity School and is currently enrolled in the D.Min. program. In addition, Daniel is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Tradition and earned a master of higher education administration from North Carolina State University.
The OBCS contributes to the theological formation of seminarians by providing counseling to black seminarians and prospective students and by supporting the work of the faculty, especially those teaching and administering courses in black church studies. Additionally, the OBCS provides numerous educational opportunities for the community through events, lectures, and domestic and international field education. It also helps students of color gain the greatest value from their theological formation, while supporting all students in deepening communion across racial and cultural boundaries.
Daniel will join the Divinity School staff on Sept. 1. A search for permanent leadership of the OBCS will begin later this year.