Union Theological Seminary Academics


Derrick McQueen

Derrick McQueen

Homiletics and New Testament
Practical Theology Consortium


3041 Broadway
New York, NY




M. Div., Union Theological Seminary, 2009
Concentration:  Theology and the Arts
Thesis:  And Once They Came Together:  A Comparative Analysis of Esau and Jacob and Minister Malcolm X and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

B.A. Drew University, 1987
Major:  Theatre Arts


Derrick McQueen is a Ph.D. student in Homiletics and New Testament.  He is entering his fourth year in the Ph.D. program after completing his M.Div. with a focus on Theology and the Arts, also at Union.  He earned his B.A. in Theatre Arts at Drew University in 1987.  Derrick’s interests include practical theology; integrating current academic theologies and empire-critical biblical studies into congregational and community life; classical dramatic structures and their influence on Christianity; and early Christian community models of social justice and their modern applications on issues such as poverty, sexuality, race and gender.  Derrick has worked as a community activist and social worker, and is currently a Poverty Scholar with Union’s Poverty Initiative, where he focuses on the intersection of arts and movement building as well as preaching from a poverty perspective.  Derrick is also a spiritual multi-media artist.

Advisors:  Barbara Lundblad and Hal Taussig


Consultant, Roundtable on the Sexual Politics of Black Churches, at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University

Consultant, Liturgical Trainer for The Mission of the Office of Black Ministry, Archdiocese of New York

Caucus Chair, Fierce the Caucus for Queer People of Color

Member, Black Caucus

Poverty Initiative, Poverty Scholar

Workshop Facilitator - The Spirituals, The Songs of the Civil Rights Era, Vocal Movement, and Vocal Group Improvisation, Reading the Bible with the Poor


Student Life Assistant, Office of Student Life - 2007-2010

Worship Office - Worship planning, Communications, Worship - 2007-2009

Poverty Initiative - Arts and Culture Programming/Facilitation - 2007-2009


B. Altman’s Minority Scholarship - 2010-2011

The Maxwell Fellowship, established at Auburn Theological Seminary in 1911, is awarded to teh graduating senior who shows the most promise of excellence for future service in parish ministry. 2009

Rhinesmith Prize, a preaching prize awarded to a second or third year student with outstanding promise in preaching.  2008

The Hudnut Award, The Hudnut Award, honoring William H. Hudnut of the Class of 1890, is awarded to one or two middlers judged by the faculty as having made the best preparation for the preaching ministry.  2008

Church Life

Elder Member St James Presbyterian Church of Harlem

Moderator of Committee on Music and Worship, St. James PC of Harlem

Candidate for Ordination as Teaching Elder of Word and Sacrament, New York City Presbytery, Presbyterian Church U.S.A.

Presbyterian Welcome, Board Member and UTS Representative

That All May Freely Serve, Board Member

2008 General Assembly Theological School Advisory Delegate for Auburn Seminary

Courses Taught

Union Theological Seminary

Preaching and Worship - 2011-2012

Introduction to New Testament - 2010-2011

Integrated Field Based Education - 2009-2011 


“Worship and the Arts”, Union Now

"Greco Roman Meals", Henoch Journal.

Terrorism, Religion and Global Peace:  From Concepts to Practice. Chapter Contributor, "An Unfamiliar Peace."

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