Director of the Mapping the Future of Black Methodism Project

Payne Theological Seminary invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the Mapping the Future of Black Methodism Project. The project is funded by the Lilly Endowment and will be housed in Payne’s Bishop Vinton R. Anderson Ecumenical Institute. The successful candidate will also serve on the faculty of the Seminary at a rank and salary commensurate with experience.

The Director manages and administers all activities involved in the Mapping project, covering the three major Black Methodist traditions--African Methodist Episcopal, African Methodist Episcopal Zion, and Christian Methodist Episcopal. These responsibilities include: (1) engaging Black Methodist congregations as learning communities, creating valuable educational experiences, (2) offering an informed picture of the current state of Black Methodist congregational life, (3) collaborating with congregations and denominations on strategic plans for missional growth and opportunity, and (4) developing theological, as well as institutional resources, for cultivating the Black Methodist tradition.

The Director will also teach in Payne’s degree programs. Payne requires that all faculty members be proficient in online distance education. The Seminary seeks creative, adaptable faculty and staff who enjoy working in a seminary climate that promotes cultural diversity and multicultural understanding. Consistent with our commitment to women, diversity, social justice, and an Africentric perspective, the successful candidate will manifest these themes in their teaching, research, and service.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Ph.D. degree in an appropriate discipline
  • Experience in program administration
  • Experience teaching distance education courses
  • Member of the Black Methodist tradition
  • Interdisciplinary penchant for the sociological and scientific student of the religious experience of persons and institutions

Payne Theological Seminary is an equal opportunity employer. Payne provides a learning and working environment that is enriched by the diversity of all our members. Individuals of religious, racial, ethnic, gender identity, nation of origin, or disability groups that have traditionally had less representation in higher education are encouraged to apply.  The matter of relocating in the first year is open for negotiation as a way to manage various travel restrictions regarding the pandemic.

Applicants should submit a current curriculum vitae, a personal statement on meeting the qualifications, and a letter of interest to They must also provide the name and email addresses of three individuals prepared to speak to the candidate’s professional qualifications for this position. Written inquiries can be sent to or:


Rev. Dr. Betty W. Holley, Academic Dean

Payne Theological Seminary

1230 Wilberforce Clifton Road

P.O. Box 474

Wilberforce, OH 45384-0474


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.