Unveiling Salvation's Story
Dr. Lahronda Little is an interdisciplinary and
transdisciplinary spiritual guide and scholar with expertise in soteriology -
salvation with respect to public health, religion, and spiritual practice. She
is a mystic, healer, teacher, and pastor who draws from her rich cultural
and spiritual heritage to nurture and guide others back to wellness and
wholeness. Many of her lessons are from the gardens of her Grandparents,
informing her commitment to womanist discourse. Her academic background and
focus are Wesleyan theology, Africana religious studies, spirituality, and
interreligious and intercultural encounters.
Scholar and Pastor
It was in the church that Dr. Little became an influencer on women’s health and well-being. Deeply concerned by the intersectional challenges of socioeconomics, race, gender, politics, and the environment, she explores these challenges through critical reflections on faith and health. Her explorations have been demonstrated through extensive teaching experience at Emory University, where she has taught courses on spirituality and health, womanist discourse, pastoral theology, practical theology, and vocational discernment. She is currently the Director of the Women in Theology and Ministry Certificate Program at Candler School of Theology and an Assistant Professor in the Practice of Spirituality and Health. Dr. Little also serves as a Safeguarding Commission Committee member with L’Arche USA, and she is a member of the American Academy of Religion (AAR).
In addition to her teaching, Dr. Little is the Lead Pastor at Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Conyers, GA, living out her faith to promote healing and wholeness in the lives of individuals and communities. She is a sought-after speaker and workshop leader for churches, universities, and small groups on spirituality, health, and social justice issues. She has been a lecturer and presenter to diverse groups, including as a Howard Thurman Lecturer at Morehouse College, presenting for the Association of Practical Theology. She has also presented at the AAR on the topic “Burning Incense to the Queen of Heaven: A Practical Theological Exploration of Womanist Spirituality and Resistance.”
Dr. Little received her Ph.D. in Spiritual Care and Pastoral
Theology from Emory University in 2022, where she teaches Spirituality and Health, Vocational Discernment, and Womanist Perspectives on Salvation. She also holds an MDiv from Candler School
of Theology at Emory University and a B.S. in Integrative Studies in Religion
and Health from Clayton State University. Her dissertation grew into her first
publication, A Womanist Holistic
Soteriology: Stitching Fabrics with Fine Threads, now available for purchase here.