Love L. Sechrest

Associate Professor of New TestamentSchool of Theology

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BS, Duke University
MS, Villanova University
MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
PhD, Duke University

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 served two terms as 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, African American and Womanist biblical interpretation, and critical race theory and ethics. She is currently working on a book entitled Privilege: Race Relations and the New Testament (Eerdmans). Other projects include co-editing and contributing to two upcoming volumes: The Word Made Flesh: Biblical Rhetoric in the Speeches and Sermons of Martin Luther King, Jr.; and Race, Theology and Mission (IVP Academic). Sechrest also serves on the board of directors for Faith & Learning, International, a Christian mission and social entrepreneurship business incubator.

Courses Taught

  • BI500: Interpretive Practices
  • NE527: New Testament Exegesis: 2 Corinthians
  • NE527: New Testament Exegesis: Philippians and Philemon
  • NE527: New Testament Exegesis: Galatians
  • NE527: New Testament Exegesis: Ephesians
  • NS567: New Testament Exegesis: Revelation
  • NS563: Race and Christian Identity in the New Testament
  • NE578: Paul and His Letters

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

NT hermeneutics including African American and womanist hermeneutics and cultural studies, theological ethics, racial and ethnic studies, Pauline theology



  • A Former Jew: Paul and the Dialectics of Race. T & T Clark, 2009.


  • “Anti-types, Stereotypes, and Ante-types: Jezebel, the Sun Woman, and contemporary Black Women” in Womanist Biblical Interpretation: Expanding the Discourse, Gay L. Byron and Vanessa Lovelace, editors (Society of Biblical Literature; Semeia Studies 85, 2016), 113-137.
  • “Enemies, Romans, Pigs, and Dogs: Loving the Other in the Gospel of Matthew,” Ex Auditu: An International Journal of Theological Interpretation of Scripture, Volume 31 (2015), 71-105.
  • “Race, Ethnicity and Biblical Criticism,” in The Oxford Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation
  • , Stephen McKenzie, et al. eds. (London: Oxford Press, 2013).
  • “Educating the Church for the World: New Models for Theological Education,” in Theology News and Notes, Fall 2013. Online access at
  • “Identity and the Embodiment of Privilege in Corinth” in 1 and 2 Corinthians: Texts @ Contexts, ed. Yung Suk Kim (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2013), 9-30.
  • “1 Thessalonians,” and “2 Thessalonians,” in The CEB Study Bible, ed. Joel B. Green et al. (Louisville: Westminster-John Knox Press, 2013).
  • “Antinomianism,” “Prejudice,” “Racism,” in The Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics, ed. Joel B. Green et al. (Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2011).
  • “Racial Reconciliation in the Church,” Catalyst 36/3 (March 2010): 1-3.
  • “‘Who Is My Brother?’ Response to Richard Gray’s Assessment of the African American Evangelical’s Duty,” The Journal of African American Christian Thought 1/1 (Spring 2009) 46-49.

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