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CS251 History and Theology of the African American Church

CS251 History and Theology of the African American Church

Carl F. Ellis Jr.

| Lexham Press | 2017


The African-American church arose in a unique context. History and Theology of the African American Church (CS251) examines that context, taking into account the impact of the Civil War, the African-American missions movement of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the challenges that the African-American church faced in the twentieth century. An encouraging part of the course is seeing how the theology of the African-American church provided the foundation for the civil rights movement. The course concludes with a discussion of current challenges within the African-American church and the need for new models to meet those challenges.

Author Bio

Dr. Carl Ellis is the assistant professor of practical theology at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas, and the associate pastor for cultural apologetics at New City Fellowship.

In 1969, Dr. Carl Ellis began his ministry as a senior campus minister with the Tom Skinner Associates in New York. From 1979 to 1989, Dr. Ellis served as the assistant pastor of Forest Park Community Church in Baltimore, Maryland, served on the faculty at Chesapeake Theological Seminary, and as seminary instructor for Prison Fellowship, where he developed and taught “in-prison” and “in-community” seminars for inmates and community volunteers.

Between 1986 and 2009, Dr. Ellis served as an adjunct faculty member at the Center for Urban Theological Studies (CUTS), and as dean of intercultural studies at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Ellis studied under Francis Schaeffer at L’Abri in Hermoz sur Ollon, Switzerland, completed his Masters in Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, and holds a DPhil from Oxford Graduate School.