Melva L. Sampson

Assistant Professor of Preaching and Practical Theology

BA, Virginia Union; MDiv, Emory; MA, Howard; PhD, Emory

Sampson is a practical theologian and ordained minister. Her research interests include Black preaching women’s embodiment, African heritage spiritual traditions, Black girls’ ritual performance, and the relationship between digital proclamation and spiritual formation.  She is the creator and curator of Pink Robe Chronicles ™ and Raising Womanish Girls ™, both digital platforms used to elucidate the role of sacred memory and ritual in the collective healing of marginalized communities.

Religious Affiliation

Baptist – Progressive

Ruling Elder, Presbyterian Church (USA)

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Homiletics and Worship
  • Womanist Proclamation
  • Spiritual Formation and Digital Proclamation
  • African American Preaching Tradition
  • Preaching from the Margins
  • Introduction to African Heritage Religions
  • Art of Ministry

Select Journal Articles, Book Chapters, Book Reviews

  • “No Redemptive Quality: Black Women’s Bodies, Black Church and the Business of Shame,”  www.thefeministwire.com. February 14, 2017.
  • “Hell No!” Those Preaching Women: A Multicultural Collection, eds., Ella Pearson Mitchell and Valerie Bridgeman Davis (Valley Forge: Judson, 2008) 27-31.
  • “After Katrina and Rita: What Must I do to be Saved?” The Sky is Crying: Race, Class and Natural Disaster,ed. Cheryl Kirk-Duggan (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2006). 188-196.

Select Academic Lectures

  • Reclaiming Sacred Memory as Rituals and Liturgies for Healing,  Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Richmond, VA, 2017.
  • Holla if Ya Hear Me!: Hip Hop and Religion IV, Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, GA, 2014.
  • African Roots: Christianity and the Black Church in North America, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2013.
  • Dream a Bigger Dream: A Legacy of Women in Transformational Ministry, Sisters Chapel WISDOM Center Conference on Vocation and Discernment, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA, 2013.
  • Sankofan Preaching: Looking Back, Speaking Forward, Copher Lecture (Respondent) Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, GA, 2012.
  • Raising Womanish Girls!: The Implications of Womanist Posturing and the Performance of Mothering, American Academy of Religion, San Francisco, CA, 2012.

Select Sermons, Educational Series, and Church Presentations

  • “Assume the Position,” Midway Missionary Baptist Church, June 2017.
  • “Giving Up, Holding On: Lenten Season Meditation,” www.facebook/pinkrobechronicles.com, February – April, 2017.
  • “No Justice, No Peace,” Wake Forest University School of Divinity Community Worship, September 2016.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Religion

 

[photo by Leslie Bray]