Eboni Marshall Turman

The Reverend Eboni Marshall Turman, Ph.D., is Assistant Research Professor of Black Church Studies and Director of the Office of Black Church Studies at Duke University, The Divinity School. She also currently serves as an assistant minister of The Abyssinian Baptist Church, Harlem. Dr. Turman has taught theology and ethics at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (2010-12) and Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, NC (2012-13). She is the author of Toward a Womanist Ethic of Incarnation: Black Bodies, the Black Church, and the Council of Chalcedon (Palgrave Macmillan).

Dr. Turman earned the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Phi Sigma Tau) from Fordham University, Lincoln Center, NYC in May 2002. She immediately pursued graduate study at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York and The Institute for Research in African American Studies, Columbia University School of Continuing Education. She was awarded the Master of Divinity Degree in Social Ethics (2005), the Master of Philosophy Degree in African American Religion and Social Ethics (2008), and the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Social Ethics from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.

Dr. Turman is a member of a number of professional societies, including the American Academy of Religion, the Society for Christian Ethics, and the Society for the Study of Black Religion. She is the co-founder of the Society for Black Critical Thought & Empowerment, and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Dr. Turman is the youngest woman to be licensed and ordained to the Gospel Ministry by the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York (2005 and 2007, respectively), the first woman to be named as the Assistant Minister of the church, and the second and youngest woman to preside over the ordinances in Abyssinian’s 205-year history. She has served as the Assistant Minister of Christian Education and the Assistant Minister for Youth, as well.

Dr. Turman is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. She is regularly called upon to preach and teach from pulpits across the nation and throughout the world.