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Dr. Turman earned the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Phi Sigma Tau) from Fordham University, Lincoln Center, NYC in May 2002. She was awarded the Master of Divinity Degree in Social Ethics (2005), the Master of Philosophy Degree in African American Religion & Social Ethics (2008), and the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Social Ethics from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. Dr. Turman is the youngest woman to be licensed and ordained to the Gospel Ministry by the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York (2005 and 2007, respectively). In 2004, Dr. Turman began serving at Abyssinian as Intern Minister for Christian Education & Youth under the tutelage of Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III. Shortly thereafter she joined the ministerial staff as Assistant Minister for Youth and became the second and youngest woman to preside over the ordinances in Abyssinian’s 204-year history. Prior to joining Abyssinian’s ministerial staff, Dr. Turman served as Intern Minister at Union Baptist Church in Montclair, NJ (2003-04) under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Walter L. Parrish, III. Dr. Turman is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. In March 2012, Dr. Turman was featured in a segment entitled “The Gender Gap in Christian Leadership” on Odyssey Networks. In 2011, she was also featured speaking about Christian marriage on a 2011 PBS segment of “Need to Know.” Dr. Turman was awarded the 2010 Rebirth Renaissance Award by the New York Urban League Young Professionals. In 2009, she was named one of The Network Journal’s “40 Under Forty” for her outstanding leadership in the African American community. She was also featured in EBONY Magazine’s April 2009 Issue as one among Young Leaders under 30 Serving God and the community. Dr. Turman was a 2009-10 Dissertation Fellow for the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) and was the recipient of the 2007-08 and 2008-09 North American Doctoral Fellowships for FTE, as well. Rev. Dr. Turman is a native New Yorker and currently resides in both Manhattan and Durham with her husband, Rossie E. Turman, III, Esq.

Rosetta Ross Professor of Religion, Spelman College Atlanta, GA rros@spelman.edu

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