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Rev. Valerie Miles-Tribble, PhD DMin


(510) 841-1905 ext. 235
(510) 418-2694


Valerie engages liberation theology as a womanist scholar, practical theologian, and community activist pastor to raise critical awareness of systemic oppressions. As the 2021 GTU Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, Valerie holds dual GTU department alignment in Theology & Ethics and Religion & Practice to integrate theoethics with intersections of social justice praxis in church and society for restorative public approaches. She currently chairs the GTU-Religion & Practice Department and serves as Core Doctoral Faculty. She authored the monograph, Change Agent Church in Black Lives Matter Times: Urgency for Action (Lanham: Lexington/Fortress Academic-Rowman & Littlefield, 2020. Paperback release 2021)


My pedagogical approach in the MDiv, MCL, DMin and PhD curricula integrates a womanist theoethical and practical theological lens. My research focus in leadership theory, adaptive change theory, and organizational development examines behavioral ethics and justice dynamics in churches, communities, and society. I view public theology to be an essential component of practical theology as burgeoning fields of interdisciplinary scholarship and praxis. I develop courses in leadership theory, behavioral ethics, adaptive change and systems theory as well as ethical approaches to intersectional social justice issues. In this complex world, discipleship and positive social change must be viewed as interconnected. Prophetic ministry extends beyond the pulpit to revitalize hope in communities, challenge injustice, and help folks move from disenfranchised to empowered. Using extensive marketing / multidisciplinary background in business, church, academy, and community activism, I encourage practitioners to be contextually creative and prophetically transformative in any leadership role they pursue. “Coming of age in the Civil Rights movement and, as a mother of a millennial generation son, I am keenly aware that systemic and structural challenges to freedom have not changed much. Prophetic ministry in the 21st century critically must grapple the issues and stand to support millennial activists with intergenerational voices proclaiming


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