Dr. Velma Love, currently the Project Director of the Equipping the Saints Project, joined HUSD in 2012. She was formerly the Assistant Professor of Religion at Florida A&M University, where she joined the faculty in 2005. She received the M. Div. from Union Theological Seminary in 1999 and the Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University in 2006.
Prior to her professorial appointment, she served as Assistant Director of the Institute for Signifying Scriptures housed at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA for three years, and as Research Assistant with the African Americans and Bible National Research Project at Union Theological Seminary in New York City for five years.
Her research interests include sacred texts and society, religious autobiography, the Ifa/Orisha tradition, as well as other expressions of African and African American religions, and the New Thought/Ancient Wisdom Movement. She also served as Research Director of the African American component of the Ethnology of Scriptures Project, a national research project housed at the Institute for Signifying Scriptures at Claremont Graduate University.
Love’s publications include: “The Bible and Contemporary African American Culture: Hermeneutical Forays, Observations, and Impressions” in African Americans and the Bible: Sacred Texts and Social Textures, ed. Vincent L. Wimbush New York: Continuum, 2000; “African Americans and the Bible: a Multi-Disciplinary Conference,” in Religious Studies News, Fall, 1999; “Making and Re-Making Worlds: African Americans and the Bible,” Union Seminary Quarterly Review, Spring, 2003;“Awakening to Self,” Well Springs: A Journal for United Methodist Clergywomen Winter, 2003.
A native South Carolinian and second career academician, Love has extensive experience in non-profit management, cultural work, youth development, and community service.