Brad R. Braxton

Professor, Southern Methodist University; Pastor, The Open Church, Baltimore, MD

Dr. Brad R. Braxton is an ordained Baptist minister and a respected voice among today’s progressive religious leaders. His speaking engagements have included appearances at institutions such as Yale University, Princeton University, Duke University, Emory University, and Morehouse College. In March 2007, Dr. Braxton preached at Westminster Abbey in London, England, joining a select group of American preachers to stand in that historic pulpit. He also has preached in Canada, Ghana, and South Africa.

Dr. Braxton holds a Ph.D. in New Testament studies from Emory University, a Master’s degree in theology from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a B.A. degree in religious studies from the University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson Scholar.

His publications include three books: Preaching Paul (2004); No Longer Slaves: Galatians and African American Experience (2002); and The Tyranny of Resolution: I Corinthians 7:17-24 (2000), as well as numerous essays and sermons. He is a member of a team of scholars who have created The African American Lectionary, the first online, ecumenical African American preaching and worship lectionary.

Dr. Braxton’s previous positions include professorships at Vanderbilt University and Wake Forest University and pastorates at the Riverside Church in New York City and Douglas Memorial Community Church in Baltimore, Maryland.

His wife, Lazetta, is a Certified Financial PlannerTM and CEO of her own financial planning firm. They have one daughter, Karis.