Valerie Bridgeman

Rev. Valerie Bridgeman
Address555 West James Street
Lancaster, PA 17603

Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible/Homiletics and Worship Scholar of Theology and the Arts, Lancaster Theological Seminary
Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Homiletics, Memphis Theological Seminary

Ph.D., Baylor University, 2002

The Rev. Valerie Bridgeman comes to LTS after several years of teaching at Memphis Theological Seminary, where she was founding director of the Return Beat Theology & Arts Institute and its programs. She served as general editor and consultant for the United Methodist Church�s Africana Worship project, which yielded three worship resource books and a collection of scholarly essays on worship. In addition, she is an acclaimed published poet, with her latest poems appearing in a volume on which she shares the dust jacket with Maya Angelou, Risk, Courage, and Women: Contemporary Voices in Prose and Poetry (University of North Texas Press). As an interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Bridgeman is active in three professional guilds and has been inducted into the Society for the Study of Black Religion. She is the author or editor of numerous volumes, articles and essays on the Hebrew bible, worship, preaching and art.

Dr. Bridgeman is an ordained minister of the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.); she served as an associate pastor or pastor for more than 25 years. As a part of her ministry, she founded the �Tribe,� a collective of multi-media young artists who use art as a spiritual discipline in service to ending violence among young adults, especially gang members. Dr. Bridgeman is a peace activist and advocate for human rights.

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