Research

American Christianity

I am interested in the formation of African American evangelicalism and its interaction with (white) American Evangelicalism after the Civil War. My dissertation examines the development of black evangelicalism after African Americans gained access to conservative theological schools at a time when white fundamentalists were erecting conservative seminaries and bible institutes in their reaction to theological modernism.

I argue that black pastors and theologians joined white efforts to push against theological modernism but found a focal point amongst the African American community with the rise of black liberation theology. While these colored graduates, surely, pushed back on the racism and discrimination of white evangelicals, they criticized the black church for its wide reception of James Cone and the ascendancy of Black Theology.

South Asian Christianity

I am also interested in the impact of American missionaries to South India. How did U.S. missionaries deal with the caste system? Why was black theology, over evangelical missionaries, received among the lowest caste community? Why do Indian evangelicals reject Indian culture and traditions?

Sample Works

The State of the Evangelical Mind: Reflections on the Past, Prospects for the Future by Todd C. Ream, Jerry Pattengale, and Christopher J. Devers, eds.

My review of State of the Evangelical Mind for the Gospel Coalition’s journal, Themelios, reveals how evangelicals are continuing to respond to Mark Noll’s clarion call in 1994.

American Religious History: Belief and Society Through Time Edited by Gary Scott Smith

My contributions to this volume include entries such as the “Civil Rights Movement” and “Tony Evans.”

“Meditating on Human Depravity” Lenten Devotional, 2021

This lenten entry I wrote explains my personal reactions when I learned of the process of desegregation at my alma mater, Dallas Theological Seminary.