Reverend Kirstin C. Boswell-Ford is the Associate University Chaplain for the Protestant Community at Brown University. Prior to her appointment at Brown she was the Protestant Chaplain at Bentley University and the Director of Operations for the International Association of Black Religions and Spiritualities, an international non-profit organization based at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Reverend Boswell-Ford has also served in congregational ministry for the last 10 years, and is currently on the pastoral staff of Union Baptist Church in Cambridge, MA.
Reverend Boswell-Ford is an American Baptist clergy-woman and holds a Master of Divinity from the University of Chicago Divinity School. She is currently completing a doctoral dissertation in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology of Religion at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Her writing focuses on analyzing the call narratives of African American clergywomen, and examining how they successfully or unsuccessfully navigate the societal and denominational barriers that impact their ability to feel as if they have been faithful to their vocational yearnings. Her additional written work includes:
• Boswell, G. H. & Boswell Ford, K. (2010). Testing a SEM model of two religious concepts and experiential spirituality. Journal of Religion and Health, 49 (2), 200- 211.
• Boswell Ford, K. (2009). Self and the home-place: Self-identity and God in African American Culture. D. Hopkins and M. Lewis (Eds.), Another World is Possible. (pp. 313-330). London: Equinox Publishing.
• Boswell Ford, K. (2007). Self-identity and African American Women. Paper presented at the Aboriginal Community Development Association, Adelaide, Australia.
Reverend Boswell-Ford is married to Reverend Paul Robeson Ford, Senior Pastor of Union Baptist Church and together they are raising their three children: Cheyenne, Ayanna, and William Jackson.