Virginia Baptist Historical Society Dinner & Annual Meeting at River Road Church, Baptist
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
6:00 p.m., Dinner in the Fellowship Hall
7:15 p.m., Meeting in the Sanctuary


Dinner is open to all by pre-registration only, at the cost of $23.50 per person. RSVP by May 6, 2019. There is no RSVP required for those attending the annual meeting only. RSVP online or by mailing a check to the address below.

Please mail checks to:
Virginia Baptist Historical Society
PO Box 34
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Dinner Menu: Braised beef short ribs, roasted Atlantic salmon, roasted vegetable medley, scalloped potatoes, pear & walnut salad, beverages, dessert (gluten-free options available).

Contact by phone: (804) 289-8434


Annual Meeting: News of the Society, special music by Robert Gallagher and Victoria Jackson, and keynote address by Corey D. B. Walker, Ph.D.

“Desegregating God: Toward a Theology of Freedom”
by Corey D. B. Walker, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor, University of Richmond
Senior Fellow, Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute

A scholar committed to a broad vision of human flourishing and planetary possibility, Dr. Corey D. B. Walker, is Visiting Professor at the University of Richmond where he teaches in the areas of religion, philosophy, politics, and leadership studies and collaborates with campus and community partners on research, teaching, and public programming on the University’s recently acquired Wyatt Tee Walker collection. He is also Senior Fellow in Religious Freedom at the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute in Washington, DC and Distinguished Research Fellow at the Global Center for Advanced Studies in Dublin, Ireland.

Dr. Walker has held faculty and academic leadership appointments at Brown University, University of Virginia, Virginia Union University, and Winston-Salem State University and was a visiting professor at the Historisches Institut at Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena in Germany. He is the author of A Noble Fight: African American Freemasonry and the Struggle for Democracy in America (University of Illinois Press) and has completed the manuscript for his next book entitled Between Transcendence and History: An Essay on Religion and the Future of Democracy in America. He is editor of the special issue of the journal Political Theologyon the theme “Theology and Democratic Futures” and Associate Editor of the award-winning SAGE Encyclopedia of Identity. He has published over fifty articles, reviews, book chapters, and essays appearing in wide range of scholarly journals and co-directed and co-produced the documentary film fifeville with acclaimed artist and filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson. Dr. Walker has also served as Book Review Editor and Associate Editor of The Journal of the American Academy of Religion, generally considered the top academic journal in the field.

An ordained American Baptist clergy person, Dr. Walker earned a bachelor’s degree from Norfolk State University, M.Div. from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, M.T.S. from Harvard University, and Ph.D. in American studies from The College of William and Mary. He also holds a M.A., ad eundem, from Brown University.

Dr. Walker is currently at work on his next project exploring the ongoing American saga of race, tentatively titled Desegregating God: Toward a Theology of Freedom.