Donyelle McCray, M.Div.

Donyelle McCray joined the Virginia Theological Seminary faculty as Instructor of Homiletics and Director of the Office of Multicultural Ministries in July 2013.

She is currently completing her dissertation as part of the Th.D. program at Duke Divinity School. Her primary research interests include 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, Trinity Volunteer Corps, and St. Elizabeth’s Mental Hospital from 2004-2008. She was also an attorney with Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan law firm from 1999-2003.  In 2012 Donyelle served as the Martha J. Horne Visiting Professor prior to joining the seminary full time.

Her published works and presentations include When Illness Calls: Insights from Julian of Norwich’s Call to Frailty (AAR/Academy of Homiletics, Fall 2010), Guest Cultural Resource Commentator, The African American Lectionary (March 2012), and Spirituality of the Black Prophetic Tradition: Examining Sermonic Space (Duke Divinity School, March 2012).