Betsey Stockton Center for Black Church Studies


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Rev. Dr. David Latimore

Rev. Dr. David Latimore
Director, Betsey Stockton Center for Black Church Studies

Rev. Dr. David Latimore is the director of the Betsey Stockton Center for Black Church Studies.

Dr. Latimore brings to our community both pastoral experience and scholarly insight. His teaching and research interests focus on the intersection of religion, race, and economic justice through the examination of how economic ideological pre-suppositions underlie many of the disparities and inequalities witnessed in African American communities and their impact on the theology of the Black church.

Latimore comes to Princeton Seminary from Tennessee, where he served as senior pastor at Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church in Nashville, taught at Belmont University, acted as a minority student mentor, and was associate director for the Academy of Preachers. He earned his PhD from the University of Chicago, his DMin from McCormick Theological Seminary, his MDiv from Duke Divinity School, and his AB from Harvard University. He has served as pastor at three other congregations, Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Joliet, Illinois; Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Gainesville, Florida; and Southern Union Baptist Church in St. Louis, Missouri. Before attending seminary, Latimore had a successful career in investment management and economic development.

In his role as director of the Center, Latimore will provide leadership for academic programming, direct research initiatives pertaining to the history of enslavement in the U.S. and its ongoing implications, mentor and provide vocational and pastoral care for Princeton Seminary students, and cultivate strategic relationships and partnerships with the African American community.

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Author, Speaker, Ordained Minister

Danielle Shroyer, Class of 1999

“To be in a community where I got to hear so many different perspectives—that was profound for me. I’m grateful for the curiosity, for the practice of learning that was cultivated for me at Seminary.”