Lecturer in Pastoral Theology
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B.A., Alma College, Alma, Michigan
M.Div., Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge Massachusetts
D.Min., Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge Massachusetts>
Curriculum Vitae


The Rev. Dr. Kwasi A. Thornell, was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church on May 31, 1972. He has served his ministry in urban settings in Detroit, New York City, St. Louis, Washington, DC, Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio, and Oakland, California. He was canon missioner at the Washington National Cathedral, canon vicar at Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati and served the national church on the Executive Council for six years. He has also served as national president and vice president of the Union of Black Episcopalians. In 2007, he and others founded the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys, a diocesan boys school in Washington, DC, where he served as administrator and chaplain. Retiring to California, Canon Thornell worked at the Next Step Learning Center in Oakland as a tutor and mentor to young persons who are seeking to obtain their GEDs. He was interim rector of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Oakland until May 2017. Canon Thornell is married to Jacquelyn Love Marshall. They have three children and six grand children.   

Why I Teach: 

I have been a priest for 45 years, nearly all in parish ministry. I believe that the major focus of a successful ministry is pastoral care in its many forms. I feel that it is very important that those preparing for a career in parish ministry understand that they must have a foundation in ministering to the needs of members and the community, and that this can be accomplished in many ways. I am thankful for the opportunity to share my knowledge and to direct students to the resources that will prepare them for ministry.

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Pastoral Theology