Dr. Gaynor I. Yancey serves as professor, Master Teacher, and director of the Center for Church and Community Impact in the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University. She also is the Lake Family Foundation Endowed Chair for Congregational and Community Health for the Garland School of Social Work and Truett Seminary.
A 1967 graduate of East Texas Baptist University, Dr. Yancey also holds degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MRE, ’70), Temple University (MSW, ’87), and the University of Pennsylvania (DSW, ’98). Her areas of expertise are congregational and community health, congregational and community-based organization and development, congregation-based delivery of social services to those populations who are marginalized and under-resourced, poverty, and social welfare policy.
Before coming to Baylor in 1999, she served as assistant professor of social work for five years at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, and worked for more than 25 years as a congregational community ministries director in inner-city Philadelphia and for four years as the executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank. During her time at Baylor, Dr. Yancey has received more than $3.5 million in research and program grants with a focus on church and community collaboration on issues of social justice. She has co-authored a number of scholarly articles and has received a number of awards during her career, including the Marie Mathis Award for Outstanding Life Achievement in Lay Ministry from the Baptist General Convention of Texas and Baylor and the Cornelia Marschall Smith Award as Professor of the Year at Baylor.
Dr. Yancey is a member of First Baptist Church of Woodway, where she serves as Bible study teacher for adult women.