Dr. Paual L. McGee (1994 ITC Grad)

B.A., University of Michigan in Flint M.Div., Interdenominational Theological Center M.A. Vanderbilt University Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University Paula McGee joined the faculty of Memphis Theological Seminary in 2016. She grew up in Flint, Michigan and is often recognized for her achievements in women’s basketball. She is a member of the 1983-84 women’s basketball championship teams, and has a retired jersey that hangs in the Galen Center. Ordained as a Missionary Baptist preacher, Dr. McGee started Paula McGee Ministries, a non-profit whose mission is to empower others to “accept their greatness.” After being invited to preach at several prosperity supermegachurches, she returned to Southern California to pursue a doctorate degree and study black megachurches and theologies of prosperity. In 2009, she was awarded the Fund for Theological Education Dissertation Fellowship for her dissertation entitled: The Wal-Martization of African American Religion: T.D. Jakes and Woman Thou Art Loosed, to be released by Orbis Press in Spring, 2017. Dr. McGee describes herself as a public theologian, because she believes that most social justice issues end up as questions of “ultimate concern.” She raises critical questions about these New Black churches and their celebrity pastors.

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