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Gaynor Yancey

Gaynor Yancey Professor
Phone: 254-710-6424

"Social work, with its roots in the church and in communities, is the perfect fit for me. I believe that helping others in generalist and advanced practice includes the skills of working with individuals and groups and the skills of working with organizations and communities. Through the years, my work has included assessing communities, developing and supporting new agencies, and preparing students for work in policy, administration, and advocacy. I am committed to addressing poverty and its causes and helping to create a more just world. Coming alongside in the helping process with those who are economically poor energizes me!"

"It is very important to me to mentor students who share in that same calling of helping those who are poor, both locally and globally. I love teaching students skills in community development and community organizing by working with the community as our classroom and not teaching within the traditional four walls of a room in a building."

"My research agenda includes the integration of faith and practice and the importance of policy and advocacy and the alleviation of poverty. As Professor of Church and Community, I also am privileged to teach seminary students many of the social work skills and understandings that the social work students are being taught. It is a real joy to see students discover their passion for this work and complete their preparation for the profession and ministry to which God has called them."


D.S.W., The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work
M.S.W., Temple University
M.R.E., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
B.A., East Texas Baptist College (now University)
Full Curriculum Vita

Selected Publications

  • Yancey, G. (2005). Recovery: An alternative to sterilization of chemically dependent women. Journal of African American Studies, Summer 2005, 9(1), 43-56.
  • Netting, F. E., O'Connor, M. K., Thomas, M. L., & Yancey, G. (2005). Mixing & phasing of roles among volunteers, staff, & participants in faith-based programs. NVSQ
  • Rogers, R., Yancey, G., & Singletary, J. (2005). Methodological challenges in identifying effective practices in urban faith-based social service programs. Social Work & Christianity,32(3).

Research Interests

  • Church and Community Ministries
  • Congregational Social Work
  • Community Organizing and Development
  • Religiously Affiliated Organizations
  • Social Welfare History & Policy
  • Organizational Administration, Organization, and Development
  • Poverty


In addition to her responsibilities as professor, Dr. Yancey is one of the principal investigators of a $1.1 million, three-year grant to strengthen congregational community ministries. This work builds on her 25 years of ministering to congregations in inner-city Philadelphia helping them create and implement programs and services to address the needs within their neighborhoods. In addition, she served as executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank, a nonprofit organization that focused on the distribution of food and human services to 1,000 charitable agencies that served marginalized and at-risk populations.

Dr. Yancey served as assistant professor of social work for five years at Eastern University in St. Davids, Penn., before coming to Baylor in 1999. Previous to the congregational community ministries project, she served as the associate director of the research component of the Faith and Service Technical Education Network, a $6 million initiative funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts that gathered data on effective practices in faith-based service delivery.

Her area of expertise is social welfare policy, congregational and community-based organization and development, poverty and congregation-based delivery of social services to those populations who are marginalized and at-risk.