Valerie Bridgeman is Associate Professor of Homiletics and Hebrew Bible at Methodist Theological School of Ohio. She also is founding president and CEO of WomanPreach! Inc. —the premiere non-profit organization that brings preachers to full prophetic voice. Dr. Bridgeman has lectured or taught in some of the nation’s premier seminaries and divinity schools. She has been in ordained ministry for more than 38 years.
As an interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Bridgeman is active in several professional guilds and has been inducted into the Society for the Study of Black Religion. She also sits on several boards, including the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference. She is the author or editor of several articles and essays on the Hebrew bible, worship, preaching, and art.
She served as general editor and consultant for the United Methodist Church’s Africana Worship project and has published extensively, which includes her role as associate editor and author for The Africana Bible: Reading Israel’s Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora, Norton’s Anthology of African American Preaching, and co-editor of Those Preaching Women: A Multi-Cultural Collection.
Dr. Bridgeman graduated from Baylor University with a Ph.D. in biblical studies (Hebrew Bible concentration) and secondary studies in ethics. She received her Masters of Divinity from Austin Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas and a Bachelors of Art degree with a double major of Communication and Religion from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
She is a peace activist and advocate for human rights, and was inducted into the 2010 class of Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegium of Scholars and Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.