Professor of the Practice of Ministry
Director of the Kelly Miller Smith Institute on Black Church Studies
On leave Fall 2022 and Spring 2023
Dr. Forrest E. Harris, Sr. was appointed President of American Baptist College in Nashville, Tennessee in 1999. He is the Director of the Kelly Miller Smith Institute on Black Church Studies that has a 1.2 million dollar endowment for the perpetuation of theological study and dialogue in African American congregations, and Assistant Dean for Black Church Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Dr. Harris holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from Knoxville College, a Bachelor of Theology (Th.B.) degree from American Baptist College, Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degrees from Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Dr. Harris has published three books: What Does It Mean To Be Black and Christian: The Pulpit, Pew and the Academy in Dialogue (Townsend Press); and Ministry for Social Crisis: Theology and Praxis in the Black Church Tradition (Mercer University Press), and What Does It Mean To Be Black and Christian: The Meaning of the African American Church.