The Rev. Raquel S. Lettsome, Ph.D.  is the  Founder & President of RSL Ministries (, a 501(c)3 organization, where she works with faith leaders and lay people to interpret Scripture more effectively for preaching, teaching, and living.  Affectionately known as "Rev. Raquel," the Reverend Raquel S. Lettsome, Ph.D. is committed to excellence and loves to help people move forward in their lives and ministries.  Her ministry flows from a faith commitment that values scholarship, integrity, and authenticity.  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 nationally recognized for informing and inspiring congregants and classes through her preaching, teaching, writing, and online course and webinar experiences.  She is a sought after preacher whose 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 currently the Distinguished Visiting Scholar of the New Testament at Eden Theological Seminary (St. Louis, MO) and has been an invited lecturer and instructor for classes at Princeton Theological, Payne Theological, United Lutheran seminaries as well as national conferences, and denominational meetings. She 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 is  an effective ministry consultant who uses her gifts and experience to help pastors develop their ministerial staffs, coordinate their ministry operations, and train Christian education leaders. 

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.

National Conference Preacher

Hampton University Ministers' Conference (Women in Ministry)

Distinguished Preachers Series, Riverside Church, NY, NY

Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference

Festival of Homiletics

The Craft of Preaching

Preacher-in-Residence, Joe R. Engle Institute of Preaching, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ

International Council of Community Churches

Preacher for Seminaries and Universities

Battell Chapel, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Duke University Chapel, Durham, NC

Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ

Hallelujah Service, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Union Presbyterial Seminary, Richmond, VA

Drew School of Theology, Madison, NJ

New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Brunswick, NJ

North Park University, Chicago, IL

National Conference Presenter

Charles E. Booth Preaching Conference at United Theological Seminary, Columbus, OH

Festival of Homiletics

The Craft of Preaching

Joe R. Engle Institute of Preaching, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ

Medical Humanities Retreat, Baylor University, Waco, TX

Woman in Ministry Conference, Atlanta, GA

Herbster Alumni/ae Conference, Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO