Joerg Rieger, Founding Director

Distinguished Professor of Theology | Cal Turner Chancellor’s Chair of Wesleyan Studies
Founding Director of the Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice
Affiliate Faculty, Turner Family Center for Social Ventures, Owen Graduate School of Management

Rieger’s work brings together the study of theology and of the movements for liberation and justice that mark our age, exemplified by the following questions: Considering the multiple relations of religion and power, what difference does religion make, for good and for ill, and what might be the constructive contributions of theology? What are the implications of various embodiments of faith for politics, economics, and ecology? What options and alternatives can we envision and how might the tools of theology help us make appropriate choices? Rieger’s constructive work in theology draws on a wide range of historical and contemporary traditions, with a concern for the roles that images of the divine play in the pressures of everyday life, locally, nationally, and internationally.

Marcus Trammell, Associate Director

BA Social Science, Siena Heights University 2003

MTS Vanderbilt University Divinity School 2006

Marcus Trammell joined the Divinity School staff in 2019 he previously worked for the National AFL-CIO in the areas of politics, organizing, and administration. He earned an Master of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University Divinity School in 2006 and has spent over a decade working as a labor, community and political organizer throughout the United States, predominantly in the Midwest and South.

Program Committee

Divinity School

Ellen Armour

Stacey Floyd-Thomas

Forrest Harris

Trudy Stringer

emilie townes

Vanderbilt University

Lauren Rogal, Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of  theTurner Family Community Enterprise Law Clinic, Law School

Mario Avila, Director of the Turner Family Program for Social Ventures, Owen School of Management


Benny Overton, President UAW Local 737, Co-founder of the Southwest Center for Cooperative Development, Vice Chariman of NOAH Nashville

Vonda McDaniel, President, AFL-CIO Central Labor Council Nashville

Garrett Stark, Organizer, Iron Workers Union