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Author Courtney Pace

Courtney Pace, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Church History and Director of Admissions at Memphis Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee.

Prathia Hall said “living in the face of death” was “the most powerful expression of freedom-faith.” A new book tells how she followed God’s call to work for liberation for all people, even knowing the risks. […] Read More


I had mixed feelings as I entered the movie theater to see “Selma” as a scholar of the civil rights movement. On the one hand, I am thrilled that there have been so many movies about African-American history and civil rights released in the past four to five years, but I’m always concerned about whether […] Read More

I have been researching for the past six years the life and ministry of Prathia Hall (1940-2002), a civil rights activist, Baptist preacher and womanist scholar. Little did I know at the beginning of this journey that she would become a spiritual mother to me, continuing to inspire me about the real meaning of life […] Read More

The small but friendly community of First United Church of Christ occupies one of the oldest buildings in West, Texas. The church relies on supply preachers from nearby seminaries, including Truett Theological Seminary, Brite Divinity School and Southwestern Theological Seminary. I preached there on Easter Sunday of this year. Sitting in my living room on […] Read More