"Let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time, if we will not give up." Galatians 6:9

Valerie Miles-Tribble, Assistant Professor of Ministerial Leadership and Functional Theology

Valerie Miles-Tribble

Assistant Professor of Ministerial Leadership and Functional Theology

Contact Valerie Miles-Tribble

B.S., Hampton University

M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley

M. Div., American Baptist Seminary of the West

Certification, Community Economic Dev. (SLI), Harvard Divinity School

D. Min., San Francisco Theological Seminary

Ph.D., Candidate - Walden University 

I currently teach in the MDiv, MCL, and DMin curriculum. At ABSW, my emphasis is to integrate a Womanist theological method and constructive theological lens for practical application to leadership ethics and organizational development, social justice advocacy, and community development. A spiritual vision and passion is to engage and train clergy and lay leaders as spiritual change agents. In today’s world, discipleship and social change go hand-in-hand when we strive to transform and revitalize hope in communities along side the disenfranchised. Graduates now consider ministry enacted in varied forms at faith-based or secular venues; ABSW is tasked to prepare students for the complexities of leadership. With a multidisciplinary background in business, church, academy, and non-profit services, I encourage students to dare to be “contextually creative” and “prophetically transformative” in any role they pursue.  


For 11 years, Rev. Dr. Miles-Tribble served the Assistant Minister in pastoral ministry at Imani Community Church in Oakland with responsibility for programmatic and worship duties; she trained ministry leaders and coordinated strategic planning and community outreach ministries. As an adjunct professor in the GTU, she taught at ABSW for six prior years of team-teaching at ABSW Jr. Colloquium, and at SFTS for three years in the D.Min program. She returned to ABSW in 2009. A Philadelphia native, Rev. Dr. Miles-Tribble resides in the Bay Area and is proud mother of son, Timothy, attending college in Atlanta. Above all, she counts it a joy and humble privilege to serve the Lord in prophetic ministry of preaching, teaching, and laboring in God’s vineyard. (Isaiah 58:1-12; Matt. 25:31-41)


Rev. Dr. Miles-Tribble holds membership in the American Academy of Religion and is a consulting leader in the PICO National Prophetic Clergy-Women Network. She is an active community organizing leader and former board member in Oakland Community Organizations (OCO) – a federation of more than 40 ecumenical and culturally diverse congregations working toward positive change for marginalized families and neighborhoods. 




Invited contributor in Crouch, W. & Gregory, J. (2010). What We Love About the Black Church. Valley Forge: Judson Press. ISBN-9780817016449 


Invited contributor in The Forum (2008): Are Strategies of care different when fear is all around us? Reflective practice: formation and supervision in ministry. Journal of Supervision and Training in Ministry, 28, 149. Online: journals:sfu.ca/rpfs/index.php/rpfs/article/view/36/37