Donyelle McCray, J.D., Th.D.

Donyelle McCray joined the Virginia Theological Seminary faculty as Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Director of Multicultural Ministries in July 2013. In 2015 she became the Associate Director of the preaching program, “Deep Calls to Deep.”

She completed her dissertation as part of the Th.D. program at Duke Divinity School. Her primary research interests included homiletics, spirituality, Christian mysticism and ecclesiology. She is the recipient of the Bell-Woolfall and the James H. Costen North American Doctoral Fellowships. She received her M.Div. from VTS in 2006, J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1999, and B.A. from Spelman College in 1996.

Before joining VTS, Donyelle served as a chaplain for the Washington Home and Community Hospices and later for the Trinity Volunteer Corps. In 2012-13, Donyelle served as the Martha J. Horne Visiting Professor.

Her dissertation is entitled The Censored Pulpit: Julian of Norwich as Preacher. She also presented When Illness Calls: Insights from Julian of Norwich’s Call to Frailty at the 2010 joint meeting of AAR and the Academy of Homiletics.