FAME Church honors
Reverend Dr. Ralph C. Watkins
for his service to the FAME Congregation.

Dr. Ralph is moving to Atlanta, Georgia where he will take on new leadership responsibilities. The Board of Trustees of Columbia Theological Seminary has approved the appointment of Ralph C. Basui Watkins as associate professor of evangelism and church growth. He will join the Columbia faculty in the summer of 2011 and begin teaching during the fall term.

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Images of Dr. Ralph Leading and Serving


Images from June 26th, 2011 Services



Photos:: Clayton Everett, FAME Photographer



Rev. Dr. Ralph C. Watkins, Executive Pastor with wife Vanessa Watkins.

Rev. Dr. Ralph C. Watkins, Executive Pastor
Dr. Watkins holds a DMin degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and the PhD degree from the University of Pittsburgh.  In addition to serving as the executive minister, under Pastor John, he is also the assistant dean of African-American Church Studies and associate professor of Society, Religion and Africana Studies in the School of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary.  His work is focused on building bridges between urban youth / young adults and the Church while mentoring future leaders for the African-American church.

With over 20 years of pastoral, teaching, and administrative experience, Watkins is an active teaching scholar and has over 250 publications and conference presentations to his credit.  His chapter Rap, Religion and New Realities: The Emergence of a Religious Discourse in Rap Music in the book Noise and Spirit: The Religious Sensibilities of Rap Music is considered an outstanding treatment of hip hop and theology.   He is author of the book I Ain’t Afraid to Speak my Mind , The Gospel Remix: Reaching the Hip Hop Generation  and co-author of the book Jay Z to Jesus: Reaching and Teaching Young Adults in the Black Church.

In recent years, Watkins has received a Governor’s Teaching Fellowship, Lilly Teaching Fellowship, Fulbright Hayes Fellowship for a study in Ghana, a Wabash Teaching Fellowship, and various awards in the University System of Georgia and Fuller Theological Seminary.  Dr. Watkins is married to Dr. Vanessa Watkins and they have three children: Nastasia, Nicole and Ralph III.