B.A., Grinnell College
M.Div., University of Chicago Divinity School
Ph.D. candidate, University of Chicago
The Reverend Paul Robeson Ford was born and raised in New York City, and grew up at the Riverside Church under the leadership of Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. He answered the call to ministry in 1997 and was licensed to preach the Gospel at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Des Moines, Iowa in 2002. He holds standing as an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and has twice been named a Fellow of the Fund for Theological Education.
Rev. Ford has an extended record of involvement in denominational and community organizations, including service as the General Secretary of the Cambridge Black Pastor’s Alliance and as President of the Chicago chapter of the Ministers for Racial, Social, and Economic Justice. He was Co-Chair of Committed Clergy in Action for the National Action Network – Chicago Chapter. He has been a featured guest on television and radio, including the International Sunday School Broadcast, Basic Black, and the Callie Crossley Show. He was as a panelist on the DVD companion to the book, Saving Our Sons. In 2012, he was ranked by the Linked In online professional network as one of the top 1% most endorsed for Preaching in the United States.
Rev. Ford is currently the Senior Pastor of the Union Baptist Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His leadership at Union is focused on stimulating growth and renewed mission at this historic congregation. His research interests focus on the intersection between prison ministry, mass incarceration, and theology that is centered on transformation and liberation.
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