Date of Award


Degree Name

M.A. in Theological Studies


Department of Religious Studies


The African Methodist Episcopal Church gave rise to one of the pioneer educators of the nineteenth century-Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne. Utilizing accepted theological currents of nineteenth century American Christianity, Bishop Payne constructed a theology which offered support for ministerial education and rejected prevailing anti-intellectualism. While Payne experienced resistance to higher education within the A.M.E. Church, he rose to the position of bishop. A life-long advocate of education, Payne integrally shaped the foundation and early years of Wilberforce University.

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