Gaynor Yancey

DSW, The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work
MSW, Temple University
MRE, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
BA, East Texas Baptist College (now University)
Full Curriculum Vita
Research Interests
  • Congregational and Community Health
  • Congregational Social Services
  • Congregational-based Community Organizing & Community Development
  • Social Welfare Policy
Selected Publications

Harris, H., Yancey, G., & Myers, D. (2019). Social work field education in and with congregations and religiously-affiliated organizations in a Christian context. In Jay Poole and Bob Wineburg (Eds). Religion, welfare and social service provision: Common ground (pp. 159-176).  Basel: MDPI.

Harris, H., & Yancey, G. (2017). Values, dissonance, and rainbows: Practice tips for Christian social workers in a polarized world. Social Work & Christianity: An International Journal, 44(1 & 2), 123-142.

Harris, H., Yancey, G., & Myers, D., Deimler, J., Walden, D. (2017). Ethical integration of faith and practice in social work field education: A multi-year exploration in one program. Religions, 8(9), 177. DOI: 10.3390/rel/8090177.

Harris, H., Yancey, G., & Myers, D. (2016). Social work field education in and with congregations and religiously-affiliated organizations in a Christian context. Religions, 7(52). DOI-10.3290

Harris, H., Ellor, J. W., & Yancey, G. I. (2016). DSM-5: The intersectionality of spirituality, culture, & aging.  Journal of Religion, Spirituality &Aging, DOI: 10.1080/15528030.2016.1243502

Yancey, G. I., & Garland, D. R. (2014). Christian congregations as contexts for social work practice.  Social Work & Christianity, 41(4), 279-307. Garland, D. R., & Yancey, G. I. (2014). Congregational social work.  Botsford, CT: North American Association of Christians in Social Work.

Harr, C., & Yancey, G. (2014). Social work collaboration with faith leaders and faith groups serving families in rural areas. Journal of Religion and Spirituality: Social Thought 33, 148-162.

Yancey, G., & Garland, D. R. (2013).  Congregational social work. Encyclopedia of Social Work Online ( DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.882

Garland, D., & Yancey, G. (2012). Moving mountains: Congregations as settings for social work practice.  In Scales, T. L., & Kelly, M. Christianity and social work (4th ed.).  Botsford, CT: North American Association of Christians in Social Work. 331-336.

Yancey, G., Kilpatrick, B., & Stutts, K. (2010).  Confidentiality in the church. Family and Community Ministry, 23(4), 61-69.

Martinez, R., Rogers, R., Yancey, G., & Singletary, J. (2010). Spiritual capital in modern organizations. Journal of Biblical Integration in Business, 13, 158-174.

Yancey, G., Rogers, R., Singletary, J., & Sherr, M. E. (2009). A national study of administrative practices in religious organizations. Social Work & Christianity, 36(2), 127-141

Yancey, G. (2006). Yes: Is federal government support of faith-based social service agencies consistent with social work values?  In Karger, H. J., & Kindle, P. A. (Eds.). Contemporary Issues in Social Policy.  NY:  Allyn and Bacon, 173-188.

Netting, F. E., O’Connor, M. K., & Yancey, G. (2006).  Belief systems in faith-based human service programs.  Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work (Social Thought), 25(3/4), 261-286.

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).


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.

In 2016, Dr. Yancey was named a Baylor Master Teacher, and in 2017, she was appointed as a Faculty Regent on Baylor's Board of Regents.