Rev. Raquel S. Lettsome, Ph.D.

Moving YOU Forward

Rev. Raquel S. Lettsome, Ph.D.

Affectionately known as "Rev. Raquel," the Reverend Raquel S. Lettsome, Ph.D. is the Founder & Senior Partner of RSL Ministries (a subsidiary of Raquel S. Lettsome, LLC) where she works with faith leaders and lay people to interpret Scripture more effectively for preaching, teaching, and living. With more than two decades of congregational ministry experience and extensive biblical and theological training, Dr. Lettsome 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. Her preaching distinctions include the Distinguished Preachers Series (Riverside Church, NY), and the George A. Crawley Women in Ministry Preacher (Hampton University Ministers’ Conference); national conferences including the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, the Festival of Homiletics, and The Craft of Preaching; and academic institutions including Yale and Duke Universities. Dr. Lettsome is a lecturer for seminary classes, conferences, and denominational

meetings. Her love for and commitment to teaching led her to create her online teaching platform, A.I.M. Academy ( Dr. Lettsome is also a published author in the fields of homiletics, biblical studies, womanist biblical interpretation and theology, and Christian spirituality. Her latest publication, Breakthrough You! 30 Daily Devotions to Move You Forward, was a #1 New Release in Religion & Spirituality Short Reads on

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).

Dr. Lettsome shares her life with her husband, Rev. Lydell C. Lettsome, M.D., and their 2 children, Tiffany and Luke. She and her family are active members of the Rockland Orange Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Incorporated.


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