Esther E. Acolatse, Ph. D.
Esther E. Acolatse, Ph. D., has served the global church in several capacities for many years both in her native Ghana and through her denomination the Presbyterian Church (USA). She is a preacher, prayer retreat leader/speaker and lecturer on the African expression of Christianity as a non western religion. A graduate of the University of Ghana (B.A. Hons.), Harvard University Divinity School (MTS), and Princeton Theological Seminary (Ph. D), she currently teaches Pastoral Theology and World Christianity at Duke University Divinity School. As a Duke Professor, her research has focused on integrating psychology and spirituality for human and institutional renewal and flourishing, issues of gender and familial and other social systems in faith and secular contexts, as well as health and end of life care. Her deep knowledge and networks in West Africa understand "unchangeable realities," and what can be done in a cross-cultural context to resolve some of life's toughest issues for women and children. She lives with her son Kodjo, a high school senior, who keeps her grounded and honest in her vocation and ministry.