Cynthia James, Ph.D, D.Min., D.D.

Cynthia James, Ph.D., D.Min., D.D.

Senior Advisor, Academic Affairs


Dr. James has served over 2,000 congregations nationally and internationally, providing applied theological training and support in leadership development and congregational health.  She has served as a national & international speaker in Finland, Estonia, several cities in South Africa, Istanbul, as well as numerous locations in the Caribbean and Virgin Islands.

She has been instrumental in the planting of churches and providing pastoral care to pastors throughout the Western Region of the U.S, including HI and Guam, as well as serving missionaries in 94 countries.

Dr. James has held full-time and adjunct faculty positions at Rutgers University, The University of Pittsburgh, California State University East Bay, Simpson College, and Allegheny Community College.

Additionally, she has been the recipient of numerous awards, which include: Woman of the Year (UMC, Pgh. PA.), National Science Fellowship, Danforth Scholar, Educational Testing Service Intern, and the coveted United States President’s Volunteer Action Award.

Among her favored recognitions are a former board member for the Family Research Council,  Earl Lecturer for the Graduate Theological Union, Guest  Graduate Lecturer for Princeton University Seminary, and papers presented at Boston University and the University of Maryland. Dr. James was highly honored to receive recognition as an Honorary Member of the United States Army 3rd Brigade, 91st Division (Training Support). She also treasures repeated opportunities to have served as preacher and lecturer at the Hampton Minister’s Conference and expert consultant for several educational and faith-based television and movie productions. Dr. James was previously featured in a 26-week preaching series on Christian Television and hosted two radio broadcasts. (The current broadcast recently completed a six-year run.)

Among the positions she is most honored to have held are:

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