David Emmanuel Goatley

Associate Dean for Academic and Vocational Formation; Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Jr. Research Professor of Theology and Christian Ministry; Director of Office of Black Church Studies
109 Gray
(919) 613-5365
  • B.S., University of Louisville
  • M.Div., Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Professor Goatley is a constructive theologian whose scholarship and practice is at the intersection of missiology, theology, and leadership. A globally recognized missiologist, he emphasizes cross-cultural experiential learning with indigenous communities to build understanding, broaden horizons, and deepen impact for leaders and churches. He is ordained in the National Baptist Convention, USA, and serves in leadership capacities justice advocacy, Christian missions, and global ecumenism. In addition to articles, essays, and book chapters, Goatley is editor of Black Religion, Black Theology: Collected Essays of J. Deotis Roberts (2003) and authored Were You There? Godforsakenness in Slave Religion, and A Divine Assignment: The Missiology of Wendell Clay Somerville. His current research projects focus on flourishing in ministry and thriving congregations.