William H. Myers, PhD

Professor of New Testament and Black Church Studies; Director of Black Church Studies Program

Having spent a large part of his life in the field of finance and investment, Dr. Myers left the lucrative, financial world in pursuit of his call as a professor. He has now spent over 30 years teaching and preparing others to answer their own call to ministry.

Dr. Myers is a scholar of the New Testament, with his specialty being Pauline studies. He is also one of the leading innovators in Black Church studies programs. His Doctor of Ministry work at Ashland Theological Seminary is what brought about the founding of the Black Church studies program at ATS, as well as the McCreary Center for African American Religious Studies in Cleveland.

The partnership between ATS and the McCreary Center brings the world’s most renowned African-American theological educators to Cleveland’s inner city context to teach courses. This model is unparalleled anywhere else in America and has been a source of inspirational education and encouragement to students.

Dr. Myers is also a pastor at New Mount Zion Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio. He has served as pastor for the last 15 years but has been a member for over five decades! The McCreary Center is located on the same campus as New Mount Zion, allowing the academy and church to intersect in an effort to reach marginalized people. It is a place where both teaching and praxis bring forth justice, liberation, and refreshment for the soul.

Contact wmmhmyers@aol.com 216-431-5468
Denomination Baptist
Education PhDUniversity of Pittsburgh DMinAshland Theological Seminary MDivAshland Theological Seminary MAAshland Theological Seminary MBACleveland State University BBA FinanceCleveland State University
Current Classes BCS 5511 Black Theology BCS 7700 Internship in Black Church Studies 1 BCS/BSG 5515 African American Biblical Interpretation DMB 9900 What Is Black Church Studies?
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William's Published Books

"The Hermeneutical Dilemma of the African American Student” in Stony the Road We Trod: African American Biblical Interpretation ISBN: 978-0800625016 View on Amazon
“A Hope that Does Not Disappoint: An Obama Presidency and Romans 5:5” in Audacity of Faith: Christian Leaders Reflect on the Election of Barack Obama ISBN: 978-0817015541 View on Amazon
“Call, Calling, Call Stories” in The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volume 1: A-C ISBN: 978-0687054275 View on Amazon
“Disentangling the Call to Preach: Ambiguity, Certainty and Mystery” in Sharing Heaven’s Music: The Heart of Christian Preaching ISBN: 978-0687011087 View on Amazon
God's Yes Was Louder Than My No: Rethinking the African American Call to Ministry ISBN: 978-0865434271 View on Amazon
The Irresistible Urge to Preach: A Collection of African American "Call" Stories ISBN: 978-0942683240 View on Amazon