Adjunct Bios

Wilton E. Blake, D.Min.

Conflict Management
B.A., Edward Waters College; MBA, University of Florida; M.Div., Payne Theological Seminary; D.Div., Temple Bible College and Seminary, D.Min.; Family Bible College and Seminary.


Gerald A. Cooper, J.D.

A.M.E. Polity and Practice, and A.M.E. History

B.A., The College of Wooster, 1989; M.Div., Payne Theological Seminary, 2000; J.D., Capital University Law School, 1994; Adjunct Professor, Payne Theological Seminary, 2005–Present; Practicing Law, 1999–Present; Assistant Director of Admissions, The College of Wooster, 1990-1991; Pastor in the AME Church, 1996–Present.


Oveta Fuller

The Biology of HIV/AIDS

B.A.. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1977, PhD, 1983; University of Chicago, postdoctoral study, 1983-1987.  DeVeras Inc., consultant, 1987-1989, University of Chicago, post-doctoral research fellow, 1983-1987.  Instructor, 1984-1986. Research Associate, 1987-1988. University of Michigan Medical School, department of Immunology, research assistant, professor, associate, 1988-present.


Gregory Groover, Sr. M.Div and M.S.W.

Church Administration

B.A., Morehouse College..  MDiv., Union Theological Seminary, M.S.W., Columbia School of Social Work.  DMin., New York Theological Seminary. Board President, Black Ministerial Alliance. Board President, Roxbury Renaissance Center. Board Member, Boston Plan for Excellence.


Dr. Marvin McMickle

Transformational Leadership

B.A. Aurora College, Illinois, 1970 (D.D. in 1991; Master of Divinity, Union Theological Seminary NYC, 1973; Graduate Study, Columbia University, NYC, 1973-1975; Doctor of Ministry, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1983; Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Case Western Reserve University, 1998.


John Piippo, Ph.D.

Philosophical Theology

A.A., Music Theory, Kishwaukee Community College, 1975; B.A., Philosophy, Northern Illinois University, 1974; M.Div., Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1977; Ph.D, Northwestern University, Religious and Theological Studies (Philosophical Theology), 1986.



J.T. Roberson, Ph.D.

Doctor of Ministry Mentor

Fordham University, NYC, PhD, Graduate School of Education 1988-1993.  Administration and Supervision/Church Leadership New York Theological Seminary, NYC, MDiv, 1985-1988. New York University, NYC, MS Math/Computer Science  1970-1973.  Millsaps College, Jackson, MS., BA Mathematics, 1966-1968.  Jackson State University,  Jackson,  MS., 1966.


Anne Holmes Redding, Ph.D.

Sacred Word and Beloved

Ph.D. in New Testament, May 1999, Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York.  Dissertation title: “Together, Not Equal: The Rhetoric of Unity and Headship in the Letter to the Ephesians.”  Dissertation advisor: Robin Scroggs.  M.Phil., May 1992, Union Theological Seminary. M.Div., May 1983, General Theological Seminary, New York, New York. A.B., June 1976, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. American Civilization major with special emphasis on African American culture.  Student taught at secondary level in African American literature and history.


Harold Trulear, Ph.D.

Worship and Liturgy

B.A., Morehouse College, 1975; M.Phil., Drew University, 1979; Ph.D. Drew University, 1983; Associate Professor of Applied Theology, Howard University; President, G.L.O.B.E. Ministries; Consultant, Faith and Families, Annie E. Casey Foundation; Fellow, Center of Public Justice.


James A. Williams, L.L.D.

History of Music

B.A. Allen University, 1960; M.S. University of Illinois, 1964; D.Litt., Alma College, 2003; Chairman, Department of Fine Arts, Stillman College,1969-1994; Associate Professor of Music, Wilberforce University, 1994-2001; Adjunct Professor at the following schools; University of Dayton, 2004, Central State University, 1995-2004, Payne Theological Seminary, 1998- Present; Visiting Professor at the following schools: United Theological Seminary, 2000, Morris College (SC), 1965-1968.


William D. Watley, PhD

Pulpit Communications

Bachelor of Arts in Theology, St. Louis University; Master of Divinity from Interdenominational Theological Center; Master of Philosophy, Ethics from Columbia University; Doctor of Divinity from Payne Theological Seminary.  Post Doctorial work at the Ecumenical Institute in Celigny, Switzerland and Harvard’s Institute for Education Management.



Frederick A. Wright, D.Min.

Pulpit Communications

M.Div., Interdenominational Theological Center; D.Min., United Theological Seminary. Itinerant Elder, African Methodist Episcopal Church. Member, General Board of the A.M.E. Church.