Horace Griffin

Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology

Academic Credentials: 
BA, Morehouse College, 1983; MDiv, Boston University School of Theology, 1988; MA, Vanderbilt University, 1993; PhD, Vanderbilt University, 1995.
"In the global 21st century, we are seeking to become more inclusive of religious, racial, gender, and sexual difference than ever before in history. The world desperately needs moral guidance in this effort, and pastoral theological education must be committed to making this work inextricable with God’s call. As a pastoral theologian, I invite students into theological reflection that considers justice for the other as fundamental to the Gospel, Christian ministry, and pastoral leadership. In such an engagement, we find fresh, creative ways to honor PSR’s prophetic tradition of boldness; and in so doing, we honor God."

 Dr. Horace Griffin came to PSR from General Theological Seminary in New York City, where he served as director of field education and adjunct professor of pastoral theology from 2005 to 2009. Dr. Griffin is the author of Their Own Receive Them Not: African American Lesbians and Gays in Black Churches (Pilgrim Press, 2006). His book, which won the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT studies, provides a historical overview and critical analysis of the black church and its current engagement with lesbian and gay Christians.