Ben Sanders III

Ben Sanders III

Hope College, B.A., 2005
Union Theological Seminary, M.Div., 2008
University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology, Ph.D. 2018
Joined Eden faculty, 2015

Phone: 314-918-2575
Email: [email protected]
Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Ben Sanders 

“I am committed to transformative, justice-centered theological education and this commitment is at the center of my academic research, pedagogy, and ministry.”

Dr. Sanders comes to Eden Seminary after serving as adjunct professor at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado, where he taught, “African American Social Ethics,” “African American Religious History,” and “African American Identity, Power and Difference.” He also served for three years as Associate Minister for New Hope Baptist Church in Denver and is a candidate for ordination in the Baptist church.

He is A.B.D. in the joint Ph.D. program at University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology in Christian Theology and Sociology. The working title of his dissertation is “Traditioning Blackness: Theo-ethical Analysis of Black Identity in Black Theological Discourse.” Dr. Sanders says his dissertation’s intended outcome is to help reestablish black theology as a resource for contemporary churches in need of a robust theological approach to race and racism. His research in black theology, constructive theology, social ethics, African American religious history, and critical race theory has allowed him to make contributions to social and religious ethics, 19th century theology, and African American history.

Dr. Sanders is the author of, “Walter Rauschenbusch on Society” in Floyd-Thomas, S.M. & DeLaTorre, M.A. (Eds.) (2011), Beyond the Pale: Reading Ethics from the Margins, Louisville, KY, Westminster John Knox Press, 2011.

Dr. Sanders is a member of the Steering Committee of the Black Theology Group, American Academy of Religion, and a board member of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America. He has also been invited to give numerous lectures on topics such as faith-based activism and racism.

Growing up in Evanston, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, coming to St. Louis is a return to Dr. Sanders’ Midwestern roots. He enjoys playing and following basketball as well as spending time outdoors hiking. Music is very important to Dr. Sanders, and he especially enjoys hip hop, jazz, and the blues.