Gay L. Byron is associate dean for academic affairs and professor of New Testament at the Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, DC. Before relocating to Howard, she was the Baptist Missionary Training School Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins and dean of the Program of Black Church Studies at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. She is the author of Symbolic Blackness and Ethnic Difference in Early Christian Literature (Routledge Press, 2002) and the recipient of a Luce Fellowship through ATS for her research, which identifies and examines ancient Ethiopic (Ge`ez) sources for the study of the New Testament and other early Christian writings. She has also received fellowships and grants from the Ford Foundation, Lilly Endowment Inc., and the Fund for Theological Education. An ordained minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Byron pastored a congregation in the Bronx, New York, for nearly three years before pursuing full-time faculty responsibilities. She holds an MBA from Clark Atlanta University and an MDiv and PhD from Union Theological Seminary.