She completed her undergraduate studies at Columbia College of Chicago, a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary, and her Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2011. Her professional paper thesis, “Bridging the Gap: Biblical Interpretation from the Academy to the African American Church” analyzes the implications of critical biblical interpretation for liberation and justice in the African American community.
Dr. Atiba currently serves as adjunct faculty in the Philosophy department at Triton College in River Grove, IL, teaching Ethics, Intro to Philosophy, and World Religions. She joined SCUPE’s Center for African American Theological Studies’ teaching staff in 2006, teaching such courses as Egypt and the Bible, and Critical Bible for Faith and Practice. She currently serves on OMNIA Institute for Contextual Leadership’s advisory board. Afri has a passion for teaching, and as an ordained minister in the Pentecostal tradition; she has served and taught in every area of the church.
“I teach Disruptive Bible study, where I give scholarly critical interpretive tools to parishioners, allowing them to take agency in biblical interpretation. Hoping that this agency will lead to the mitigation of sacred text being used to exclude, oppress, and harm others, while leading the way to possibilities for interpretations of inclusion, and love.”