Associate Professor of Church History & Director of Admissions
B.S.C.S.E, with Honors, University of Texas at Arlington
M.Div., George W. Truett Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Baylor University
Courtney Pace joined the faculty of Memphis Theological Seminary in Fall 2015. Her research interests include race and gender, Baptist history, the Civil Rights Movement, and social justice in American religion. Her first book, Freedom Faith: The Womanist Vision of Prathia Hall, will be published by University of Georgia Press in 2019. Dr. Pace has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, encyclopedia articles, and blog articles. She also regularly presents her research at academic conferences.
Dr. Pace is ordained through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and also works closely with the Alliance of Baptists and Baptist Women in Ministry. She is a board member of Equity for Women in the Church, a non-profit organization that promotes the acceptance and placement of women in ministry as well as interracial and ecumenical cooperation, and she is the founder and chair of the Clergy Advocacy Board for Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi. She is frequently invited as guest preacher to churches across the country. She created popular podcast “Stole Sisters,” which features women preachers representing multiple denominations, races, and regions.
Before joining the faculty of Memphis Theological Seminary, Dr. Pace taught Religion at Baylor University, where she also served as Assistant Director of Student Success, co-managing the Paul L. Foster Success Center and overseeing New Student Experience, Academic Excellence Opportunities, and First Generation College Student Support. At Baylor, Dr. Pace earned the nickname “Dr. Success.”
Dr. Pace has trained as a figure skater since 1992. Though she has not regularly competed since 1999, she won the gold medal in the 2012 ISI Adult World Championships, held in her hometown of Dallas, Texas.