Rev. Dr. Eleanor Moody-Shepherd

Professor of Women’s Studies

Office phone: 212-870-1215

Educational Background

  • BA Vassar College
  • MS Long Island University
  • MDiv New York Theological Seminary
  • EdD Teachers College, Columbia University

Religious Affiliation

  • Presbyterian Church, USA

Eleanor Moody-Shepherd is the Dean of Students and Professor of Women Studies at New York Theological Seminary.  Her areas of research and teaching include domestic violence, women in the Bible, and women in leadership.  She is also involved regularly in leading international study seminars to the Holy Land, Africa and other parts of the world. She co-leads an annual trip to the south to study the history of the Civil Rights Movement and Southern Religion. She also serves the churches and local organizations as an educational consultant, preacher and motivational speaker.

She most recently co-authored with Martha Jacobs and Rebeca Radillo “Bringing the City to Light: Pastoral Formation in a Multicultural Urban Context,” published in Equipping the Saints: Best Practices in Contextual Education, Pilgrim Press (2009), and contributed a chapter titled “In Our Own Voices: Loud and Clear” in the anthology New Feminist Christianity: Many Voices, Many Views, forthcoming from Skylight Paths in 2010.

Dr. Moody-Shepherd grew up in Alabama and learned to appreciate the power of living and struggling on the margin. She gained insight, strength, sensitivity and experience through her participation in the Civil Rights Movement in the Deep South during the 1950s and 1960s.  This tumultuous period helped her to develop the passion that motivates her to use justice as a guiding principle in her life’s work.

In addition to the experiential education of being a woman of African descent in America, she attended Tuskegee University and Alabama State University, and earned degrees from the State University of New York (AAS, 1971), Vassar College (BA, 1974), Long Island University (MS, 1981), New York Theological Seminary (MDiv, 1992), and Teachers College Columbia University (EdD, 2000).

Dr. Moody-Shepherd is an ordained Minster of word and sacrament in the Presbyterian Church, USA, and serves in the Presbytery of Hudson River.


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