Watkins, Ralph

Dr. Ralph C. Watkins

Dr. Ralph C. Watkins

The Peachtree Associate Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth

Phone: 404-687-4536

Fax: 404-377-9696

Email: WatkinsR@CTSnet.edu

Office: E309 BLC / Box 32F

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Dr. Watkin’s work and research centers around building 21st-century churches. His writing and research is done with congregations as they partner to be faithful to the call of being the Body of Christ. He is presently working on ways the Church can use multi-media approaches and web 2.0 strategies to be effective at evangelism and discipleship.

Education:

  • PhD, The University of Pittsburgh
  • DMin, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
  • MFA, Savannah College of Art and Design
  • MA, The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
  • BA, California State University, Sacramento

Denomination:  African Methodist Episcopal

Publications

Hip-Hop Redemption: Finding God in the Music and the Message. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011, book
Leading Your African American Church Through Pastoral Transition. Valley Forge: Judson Press, 2010, book
From Jay-Z to Jesus: Reaching and Teaching Young Adults in the Black Church, 2009, book
The Gospel Remix: Reaching the Hip Hop Generation. Valley Forge: Judson Press, 2007, book
I Ain't Afraid to Speak Mind: Old School Meets New School. Augusta, GA: Unity Council Inc. Press, 2003, book
The Future of the African American Church: An Invitation to Dialogue. Valley Forge: Judson Press, Co-author with Justin West, 2013, book
Hip-Hop Redemption: Finding God in the Music and the Message. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013, book
“The Hip Hop Church Ain’t Big Mamma’s Church: The Faith Remixed” In The Future of the Faith. Edited by Ryan Bolger. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012, book
“From Black Theology and Black Power to Afrocentric Theology and Hip Hop Power: An Extension and Socio-re-theological-conceptualization of Cone’s Theology in Conversation with the Hip Hop Generation.” Black Theology: An International Journal, Fall, 2010, book
Leading Your African American Church Through Pastoral Transition. Valley Forge: Judson Press, 2010, book
Co-author with Benjamin Stephens. Jay Z to Jesus: Reaching and Teaching Young Adults in the African American Church. Valley Forge: Judson Press, 2009, book
I Ain’t Afraid to Speak Mind: Old School Meets New School. Augusta, GA: Unity Council Inc. Press, 2003, book
“The African American Churches Challenge to Evangelicalism.” In Aliens in the Promised Land. Edited by Anthony Bradley. Phillipsburg: P & R Publishers, 2012, chapter
“Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It: What’s Really Going On?” In I Know a Place. Edited by Anthony Bradley. Wheaton: Good News Publishers, 2012, chapter
“The Re-Radicalization of Black Theology: From Cone to Kemet.” The A.M.E. Church Review 124, no. 416, pp. 43-58, 2009, article
“From a Firm Foundation to a Settled Future: The Bishops’ Council and the Role of Education 1880-1908, Part III.” The A.M.E. Church Review 124, no. 405, pp. 41-71, 2007, chapter
“Nimrod and Dead Prez: Walking Like a Warrior.” In African American Religious Life and the Story of Nimrod. Edited by Anthony Pinn and Allen Callahan. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, chapter
“Building a Firm Foundation: Complexity in Search of Security and Establishment of the AME Church, 1860-1872, Part II.” The A.M.E. Church Review 133, no. 404, pp. 29-49, 2006, article
“Loss of African Centeredness in the African Methodist Episcopal Church: Leaders, Leadership, Transition and Loss: The Next Generation of AMEC Leaders 1839-1860.” The A.M.E. Church Review 122, no. 401, pp. 12-37, 2006, article
“Teaching African American Religions at a Traditionally White Institution in the South.” In Mining the African American Motherlode: Teaching African American Religions. Edited by Theodore Trost and Carolyn M. Jones. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005, article
“Rap, Religion and New Realities: The Emergence of a Religious Discourse in Rap Music.” in Noise and Spirit: The Religious Sensibilities of Rap Music. Edited by Anthony Pinn. New York: NYU Press, 2004, article
“The Demise of Rap Music: From Resistance to Rhetoric.” In Ideaz: An Interdisciplinary Social Science and Humanities Journal 12, no 1, 2002: 17-37., 2002, article
“Bringing Africa Black to Augusta: A Public Diary of a Private Journey.” In The Augusta Focus 21, no. 1065, pp.1-6, 2002, article
“White Men, Power, Privilege and the Disrespect of Black Women.” LA Focus 11, Issue 4, May, 2006, article
“Truth or Tradition: Pastoring in the 21st Century Church.” The Christian Recorder (Nashville, TN), 1996, article
“All I Wanted Was Two Black Baby Dolls.” The Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA), 1990, article
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