Dr. Estrelda Alexander
Estrelda Alexander is president of William Seymour College as well as an ordained minister in the Church of God. Prior to founding the college, she served as professor of theology at Regent University School of Divinity and as associate dean for community at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. After serving as a pastor and church planter, she has more recently focused on providing theological education for underserved communities.
Dr. Alexander is a leading scholar of Black Pentecostalism and the author of numerous books, essays, and journal articles. Her published books include Black Fire Reader, Black Fire: 100 Years of African American Pentecostalism, Limited Liberty: The Ministry and Legacy of Four Pentecostal Women Pioneers, and The Women of Azusa Street. She also coedited two books with Amos Yong, Phillip’s Daughters: Women in Pentecostal-Charismatic Leadership and Afro-Pentecostalism: Black Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in History and Culture. Her current project is a multivolume Dictionary of Pan African Pentecostalism
Dr. Alexander has lectured and preached across the United States and has served as president of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. The society honored her book Black Fire: 100 Years of African American Pentecostalism with their Pneuma Book of the Year Award in 2012 and granted her its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. Dr. Alexander holds a PhD from the Catholic University of America Theology, an MDiv from Wesley Theological Seminary, an MA in Sociology from Columbia University, and a BA in Sociology from Howard University.