Affectionately known as "Rev. Raquel," the Reverend Raquel S. Lettsome, Ph.D.has more than two decades of congregational ministry experience and extensive biblical and theological training. She knows how to integrate the highest levels of academic biblical scholarship, life giving ministry practices, and the discernment of the Holy Spirit to equip and empower believers. Dr. Lettsome is a nationally recognized preacher, teacher, and scholar, as well as a published author. Dr. Lettsome holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies (Yale University), a Master of Divinity (Princeton Theological Seminary) and is the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Princeton Theological Seminary (2005).