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Dr. Emmett G. Price III

Professor of Worship, Church and Culture, Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience

Dr. Emmett G. Price IIIEmail: [email protected]
First Year at Gordon-Conwell:
Expertise: Christian Worship, The Black Church, Liturgical Arts, Christianity in the African Diaspora, Pastoral Ministry & Reconciliation

Emmett G. Price III is one of the nation’s leading experts on Music of the African Diaspora, Christian Worship and the Black Christian Experience. A well-regarded scholar, educator and public theologian, Dr. Price has the unique ability to capture the hearts and minds of the most diverse and versatile audiences with his compassionate sense of humor, his amicable intellect and his quick wit. He is a noted print and broadcast media expert, as well as a widely sought after keynote speaker and preacher.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Dr. Price received a B.A. in music from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned both his M.A. and Ph.D. in music (ethnomusicology) from the University of Pittsburgh. He also obtained an M.A. in urban ministry leadership from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Currently, he serves as Professor of Worship, Church & Culture and Founding Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience (ISBCE) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. From 2016-2020 he served as the Dean of Chapel for the Hamilton Campus. Prior to his current post, Dr. Price served on the faculty of Northeastern University (2001-2016) as associate professor of Music and chair of the Department of African American Studies (2008-2012).

He has served as visiting professor at Boston University’s School of Music, Berklee College of Music, Andover Newton Theological School and Brandeis University. He is a former research fellow of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University and Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society, where he served as the lead scholar on the Rhythm & Flow Initiative – a research project studying the various intersections of music and sport.

Dr. Price is founding Pastor of Community of Love Christian Fellowship in the Allston neighborhood of Boston, MA and is a weekly contributor on WGBH’s (Boston NPR) “Boston Public Radio” show (89.7 FM). He is also an executive producer and co-host of the “All Rev’d Up” podcast.


  • B.A. (University of California, Berkeley)
  • M.A. (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh)
  • MAUML (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)

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