Eden’s New Director of Contextual Education and Visiting Professor

Rev. Dr. Dietra Wise Baker will be joining Eden’s faculty this fall as visiting Professor of Contextual Education and Community Engagement. She will also be taking on the role of Director of Contextual Education.

Dr. Baker, who is as Eden alum (MDiv), has been teaching with the Eden faculty as an adjunct  colleague for the last 14 years. She has taught in Preaching and Worship, Social Justice Ministries, and Community Organizing.

She has served, and is continuing to serve, as an organizer for Metropolitan Congregations United and has served as the chaplain for the Episcopal City Mission. Dr. Baker has also served as the founding pastor of Liberation Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Dr. Baker brings a passion for social justice work, and deep experience in interfaith and ecumenical collaboration for community engagement and transformation. As the lead organizer for MCU’s Break the Pipeline campaign she has worked to develop leaders and hold systems accountable for how they demean and destroy children, particularly Black and Brown children and their families.

This experience and capacity will strengthen Eden’s ability to form leaders with a theological imagination for collaborative ministries of social transformation, and with the capacity to do that collaboratively with people of different faith traditions.