Christena Cleveland

Director, Center for Reconciliation

Christena Cleveland is passionate about helping the people of God find the power of unity. She uses social psychological insights, biblical principles, and practical application to equip people to do the work of unity and reconciliation in the Church.

Christena is the author of Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart. She’s currently writing The Priesthood of the Privileged, which examines power and inequality in the Church.

She earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. An award-winning researcher and gifted teacher, she is an associate professor of the practice of reconciliation and Director of the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. She was previously an associate professor of reconciliation studies at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Beyond academic experience, Christena brings organizational experience to her efforts to build unity. She coaches pastors and leaders on multicultural issues and speaks regularly.