Rev. Dr. Stephen G. Ray Jr.


Chicago Theological Seminary

Rev. Dr. Stephen G. Ray Jr. is the President of Chicago Theological Seminary (a seminary related to the United Church of Christ). Prior to taking this leadership role at CTS, he held the Neal F. and Ila A. Fisher Chair of Theology and was Professor of Systematic Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

He is the President of the Society for the Study of Black Religion. Having written and lectured broadly in the areas of Systematic Theology, African American religion, human rights and the intersection of religion, race and politics, Dr. Ray is the author of several works, as well as having co-authored and contributed to books and collections, and written many articles and reviews.

Prior to joining the faculty at Garrett-Evangelical he taught at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and lectured at Yale Divinity School and the Hartford Seminary.

Among his awards are the Hooker Fellowship for Excellence in Theological Studies; Charter Oak State College Distinguished Alumni Award; Kentuckiana Metroversity, Distinguished Teacher of Adult Learners; and the 2006 Associated Church Press Award of Excellence for Column.

He is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ and has served as the pastor of Imani Fellowship Community Church (UCC) in Hartford, The Black Church at Yale in New Haven, CT, Plymouth Congregational Church (UCC) in Louisville, Kentucky, and as assistant minister at Faith Congregational Church in Hartford, CT.

Stephen and his wife Susan are celebrating 33 years of marriage and have a wonderful daughter Kiara, who is 28 years old.

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