Belva _Jordan

Rev. Belva Brown Jordan

Ordained, Disciples of Christ; Dean for Student Life, Harvard Divinity School, Rev. Belva Brown Jordan is the newly appointed Dean for Admissions and Student Services at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ordained with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1986, Reverend Jordan has served as Dean for Student Life at Harvard University Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, since July, 2000, after eight years on the faculty of Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. While at Lancaster Seminary she served as Associate Professor of Field Education and Director of Ministry Consultations for the Alliance for the Renewal of Ministry, focusing on the interpretation of theological education, practice of ministry, spirituality, and theo-musicology. She also served as Acting Dean of the Seminary for one year. Celebrated for her spiritually moving a capella singing and lovely voice, Rev. Jordan possesses a remarkable expertise in the field of theo-musicology, the study of the intersection of theology and music, with special interest in spirituals, gospel, blues and jazz, and their relationship to each other. She is uniquely gifted in showing how these musical genres have influenced, supported, encouraged, and reflected the heart and soul of America in its earliest development through today, and how Negro Spirituals, gospel music, blues, and jazz as folk music (musical expressions of the folk) have reflected people's lives in particular contexts.