Derek S. Hicks

Dr. Derek S. Hicks
Address555 West James Street
Lancaster, PA 17603

Assistant Professor of Religion and Culture, Lancaster Theological Seminary

Ph.D., Rice University, 2009
M.A., Dallas Theological Seminary, 2003
B.A., Grambling State University, 1993

Dr. Derek Hicks’ research approach is interdisciplinary, examining the intersections of religion and culture in the United States. His major area of study is African American religion with a primary research interest in the function of religion among racially oppressed peoples. His dissertation, entitled “Making the Wounded Whole: An Investigation of Healing and Identity in African American Religious Life and Thought,” uncovers notions of healing and wholeness through efforts to transform social and racial reality within the antebellum black Christian experience. Accordingly, Dr. Hicks’ work identifies religious practices that engage culture—in relation to bodily, political, spiritual, and social restoration—while forming a theological thrust that fuels black Christianity. He has received fellowship support for his research from The Ford Foundation and The Fund for Theological Education. Dr. Hicks is an ordained minister in the National Baptist Convention of America.

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