In Memoriam: Theological Leader

Cain Hope Felder

The Reverend Cain Hope Felder, Ph.D., established scholar, author, biblical commentator, professor, editor and preacher, has submitted his final earthly assignment. He passed in October at the age of 76. 

Rev. Felder graduated from Howard in 1966 with a degree in philosophy, Greek and Latin. Felder also held Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy degrees in biblical languages and literature from Columbia University in New York; a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York; and a Diploma of Theology from Mansfield College at the University of Oxford in England. 

Prior to his return to alma mater, he taught within the Department of Biblical Studies (1978–81) at Princeton Theological Seminary. It wasn’t until he began teaching at Princeton that he realized the uniqueness he possessed as a knowledgeable African American within his profession. From 1969 to 1972, Felder worked as the first executive director of Black Methodists for Church Renewal, the Black caucus of the United Methodist Church, which was headquartered in Atlanta. 

In 1990, he founded the Biblical Institute of Social Change (BISC), headquartered in Washington, D.C. From 1998 to 2001, Felder served as chair of the implementation panel for the National Center for African American Heritage and Culture at Howard University. 

The Reverend Dr. Cain Hope Felder laid a path of enlightenment, through his scholarship and preaching, that has made the steps of those who follow him lighter and fuller. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this time. 

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