Alexis Carter Thomas T’23 on Drew Theological School’s Women’s Religious Leadership DMin Cohort

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Alexis Carter Thomas T’23 on Drew Theological School’s Women’s Religious Leadership DMin Cohort

“It resonated with my soul”


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Rev. Alexis Carter Thomas T’23





May 2022 – When Alexis Carter Thomas T’23 was researching Doctor of Ministry (DMin) programs, she found herself drawn to Drew Theological School‘s Women’s Religious Leadership cohort.

The cohort, now offered as a specialization within the Courageous Leadership in a Changing Culture cohort, deepens women’s considerable gifts for leadership, engaging women-centered theories, wisdom, and practices, as well as Drew’s long tradition of feminist, womanist, and LGBTQ theology and theory.

Thomas is passionate about pastoral ministry, but found herself utilizing her pastoral skills in ways to help fellow pastors and faith leaders, particularly Black churchwomen, navigate challenges through theological reflection as a consultant for churches and faith-based organizations.

We recently sat down with Thomas to learn more about how the program is supporting her vocational goals.

Alexis Carter Thomas T’23
Doctor of Ministry, Women’s Religious Leadership Cohort
Consultant, Pastors for Normal People | Project Director The Vinery

What brought you to Drew Theological School?
In 2019, I was honored to be the recipient of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity’s Reflection Leadership Grant. My project was to conduct ethnographic research to explore the flourishing of Black clergywomen throughout the US It was incredible! I was deeply inspired by this work. I say that this was the year that “I met myself.” After this grant experience, I considered that someday I would return to research and study.

The experiences that the Reflective Leadership Grant afforded me led me to pursue a Doctor of Ministry. I considered a few programs. I knew that I did not want a preaching or general leadership concentration that many schools offer, but I wanted something that would expand my understanding of vocation and equip me to better serve Black churchwomen.

When I learned of the Drew DMin with the concentration in Women’s Religious Leadership, it resonated with my soul.



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Rev. Alexis Carter Thomas T’23





How is the Women’s Religious Leadership cohort preparing you to meet your vocational goals?
I ultimately chose the DMin program at Drew and Women’s Religious Leadership cohort because I needed to do deep work around how gender, race, and class affect the ways I live and lead in the world.

The Women’s Religious Leadership cohort has become the community that I have needed in this season of my lifee. It is so wild that this is the first time that each individual in the cohort has been able to immerse ourselves in theological study without regular attention to the male gaze. We will finish this degree having worked entirely with women professors. Yet, we have spent our lifetimes with men leaders, pastors, and professors.

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