Rev. Teresa L. Fry Brown, PhD is the fourteenth Historiographer of the African Methodist Episcopal (2012). She serves as the editor of the A.ME. Review and is the Executive Director of Research and Scholarship for the A.M.E. Church. She holds the Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and is the first tenured Black female Candler School of Theology and the third Black female full professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Fry Brown served as Director of Black Church Studies at Candler 2007-2015. Dr. Fry Brown obtained a Doctorate of Philosophy in Religious and Theological Studies from the Iliff School of Theology and the University of Denver, with an emphasis in Religion and Social Transformation (1996). She earned a Master of Divinity from Iliff School of Theology (1988), a Master of Science degree (1975) and a Bachelor of Science degree (1973) in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri.
Dr. Fry Brown has extensive teaching and preaching experience in national, international academic and ecumenical settings. A prolific author, Dr. Fry Brown’s books include, but are not limited to, Delivering the Sermon: Voice, Body and Animation in Proclamation, (Fortress Press 2008); Can A Sister Get a Little Help: Advice and Encouragement for Black Women in Ministry, (Pilgrim Press 2008); God Don’t Like Ugly: African American Women Handing on Spiritual Values (Abingdon Press 2000); Weary Throats and New Song: Black Women Proclaiming God’s Word (Abingdon Press 2003) and The 2006 African American History Devotional, (Abingdon Press 2006).
Dr. Fry Brown is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Society for the Study of Black Religion, and the Academy of Homiletics. She was honored for her academic life achievements at the Eighteenth Annual Black Religious Scholar Group Consultation at the American Academy of Religion Meeting held in Atlanta (2015). She is Co-Chair of the Womanist Approaches to Religion Group of the American Academy of Religion. She is an ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and an Associate Minister at New Bethel A.M.E. Church, Lithonia, Georgia.
Dr. Fry Browns’ life is governed by the words of the Prophet Isaiah “Those whose hope is in the Lord gain new strength” and the words of Mohandas Gandhi, “We must be the change we want to see in the world”.