Bishop K. Edwin Bryant, PhD serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International (Atlanta, GA), leads the Mount Pisgah Church of Dayton, OH and is an adjunct professor of New Testament & Early Christianity. His exemplary academic credentials include an earned Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ancient History: New Testament and Early Christianity) from one of Australia’s leading research facilities, Macquarie University (Sydney, AUS).
Bishop Bryant’s recent book, Paul and the Rise of the Slave: Death and Resurrection of the Oppressed in the Epistle to the Romans (E.J. Brill: Leiden, 2016 www.paulandtheriseoftheslave.com) illuminates the ways in which the subjectivity of slaves was shaped by Roman power through a process of “interpellation.” The text also suggests a correlation between the rise of the oppressed slave in Roman society and the tumultuous state of contemporary race relations in the United States.
His Doctor of Philosophy degree was supervised by the world renown L. L. Welborn. Bishop Bryant is one of few scholars in the world to integrate and employ structural Marxism, the Life of Aesop, and the comic-philosophical tradition (the grotesque perspective) to interpret Paul’s description of himself as a Slave of Messiah Jesus in the Epistle to the Romans.
Bishop Bryant possesses one of the most original, refreshing, and urgent prophetic voices among the rising generation of New Testament scholars and Civic leaders today. His cultural consciousness and pursuit of justice for all makes him the ideal candidate to curate the conversations that are necessary to confront the numerous implications of collapsed race relations in America. He is supported in all of these endeavors by his loving wife Dwan, and their children: Kerissa, Kohl, Kaleb, and Kye.