Love Sechrest joined the School of Theology faculty in 2006, after having taught courses in New Testament at Duke Divinity School and courses in Christian Leadership at the Graduate School at Trinity International University. Prior to earning her MDiv and PhD, she pursued a career in the aerospace industry at General Electric, managing over 300 engineers and a $50 million technology and software development budget, and eventually functioning as chief information officer of an $800 million company within Lockheed Martin. Over the years she has won numerous industry and academic honors and fellowships including those from the American Jewish Committee/Shalom Hartman Institute, the Kern Foundation, the Wabash Institute, Duke University, the Fund for Theological Education, the National Institutes of Science/Ford Foundation, the Lockheed Martin President’s Award, and the GE Aerospace General Manager’s Award.
Sechrest is co-chair of the African American Biblical Hermeneutics section in the Society of Biblical Literature, and gives presentations on race, ethnicity, and Christian thought in a variety of academic, business, and church contexts. She is the author of A Former Jew: Paul and the Dialectics of Race
(2009, T&T Clark) and other articles and book chapters in NT studies, critical race theory and ethics, and is currently working on a book entitled Race Relations and the New Testament
(Eerdmans), as well as a commentary on Second Corinthians (Regula Fidei, Zondervan). She is also involved in projects to nurture preaching and ministry locally and across the globe.
Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching:
Pauline theology, second temple Judaism, theological ethics, racial and ethnic studies, cultural hermeneutics, Christian and Jewish interfaith dialogue