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Pamela Lightsey

Pamela Lightsey is vice president of academic and student affairs and associate professor of constructive theology at Meadville Lombard Theological School. Prior to her appointment, she served as associate dean of community life and lifelong learning, and as clinical assistant professor of contextual theology and practice at Boston University School of Theology. An ordained elder in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church, she served first as a United Methodist congregational pastor and then as a theological school educator, scholar, and administrator. Throughout her vocational life, she has been a leading social justice activist, working with local, national, and international organizations focusing primarily on the causes of peacemaking, racial justice, and LGBTQ rights. Her publications include the book, Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology (Wipf and Stock), "He Is Black and We are Queer" in Albert Cleage Jr. and the Black Madonna and Child (New York: Palgrave Macmillan), “Reconciliation” in Prophetic Evangelicals: Envisioning a Just and Peaceable Kingdom (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company), and "If There Should Come a Word” in Black United Methodists Preach! (Abingdon Press). Following service in the US Army and work as a civil servant, she received her MDiv at the Interdenominational Theological Center and her PhD at Garrett-Evangelical Theological School.