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Leslie Callahan

professor, religion, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Callahan, was a member of the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania as assistant professor of religious studies. She has also served as the Assistant Professor of Modern Church History and African American Studies at New York Theological Seminary. A native of Gary, West Virginia, she experienced her first Christian education and formation at Apostolic Temple Church where she developed an enduring love for Jesus Christ and for Christ's body, the Church. Having experienced her call to ministry at an early age, Callahan began the public proclamation of the gospel at age 19. Her formal education includes the Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Harvard/Radcliffe and the Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Religion from Princeton University. Her research interests include religious history in the United States, particularly independent African American Christianity and Pentecostal studies.