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The Reverend Raquel St. Clair Lettsome is an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church with 20 years of congregational ministry experience that transcends denominational lines. For 16 years, she served as the first female Executive Minister of the historic 4000 member St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Newark, NJ. In 2012, Dr. Lettsome parlayed her parish ministry experience into a consulting business to assist pastors and ministers with ministry organization, professional planning, preaching, and teaching. She is currently an Associate Minister at Union A.M.E. Church in Warwick, NY where she teaches a weekly Bible Study.

Rev. Lettsome is a published author whose books include The African Presence in the Bible: Gospel Sermons Rooted in History (co-authored with Dr. William D. Watley) and Call and Consequences: A Womanist Reading of Mark’s Gospel. Dr. Lettsome’s article, “Womanist Biblical Interpretation” is included in True to Our Native Land, the first New Testament commentary written exclusively by African Americans with earned Ph.D.’s. She also has articles in The African American Pulpit, More Power in the Pulpit, New Interpreters Bible Handbook on Preaching, Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology, Doing Church, Vol. 2 and The African American Lectionary. She has written the commentary essay on Mark’s Gospel for Fortress Press’ one volume Commentary on the New Testament and the 3 pastoral essays for Westminster John Knox’ Feasting on the Gospels commentary series.

Dr. Lettsome holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Yale University and a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She is the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary (2005). She was awarded the Presidential Doctoral Fellowship (the highest award given to incoming Ph.D. students), the New Testament Fellowship, and the Expository Preaching Prize. Dr. Lettsome has served as a Teaching Fellow for graduate courses and as a Teaching Assistant for New Testament Greek. She is also proficient in the Biblical languages of Hebrew and Aramaic. Dr. Lettsome lectures in the areas of New Testament exegesis, theology, and history; Womanist theology and Biblical interpretation; and homiletics. She has served as a Field Education Supervisor for Princeton, New Brunswick, and Drew Theological Seminaries and on the advisory board of The African American Pulpit.

Dr. Lettsome’s preaching distinctions include the 2011 Distinguished Preachers Series at Riverside Church, NY, the 2011 George A. Crawley Women in Ministry Preacher at the Hampton University Ministers’ Conference, and a conference preacher for the 2012 Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference.

Raquel Lettsome is the proud wife of the Rev. Lydell C. Lettsome, M.D. Together they parent their niece, Tiffany Simone, and son, Luke Charles.