Dr. Noel Erskine Retires

Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Noel Erskine

Prominent Atlanta Jamaican Dr. Noel Erskine has retired from Emory University.

Erskine began his teaching career at Emory in 1977, teaching courses at both Candler and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Erskine is the face of Jamaica in Atlanta. Because of his work at Emory University, the churches and community, consistently for over 40 years he is revered as our cultural ambassador.

He is an educator who always reminds students and audiences that education is for liberation and emancipation. With leadership, innovation and a spiritual center that serves as guide Erskine has advanced an educational and cultural project with Jamaica as center.

He has written many books and articles which include Decolonizing Theology: A Caribbean Perspective (Orbis Press, 1981); King Among the Theologians (Pilgrim Press, 1995); From Garvey to Marley: Rastafari Theology (University Press of Florida, 2005); Black Theology and Pedagogy (Macmillan, 2008); and Plantation Church: How African American Religion was Born in Caribbean Slavery (Oxford University Press, 2014). 

You can read more about his work at Emory University at:


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