Rev. Dr. Yvette R. Blair
Pastor. Public Theologian.
Food Justice Scholar.
Writer. Editor. Author.
Reverend Yvette (pronounced “why”-vette) R. Blair is a licensed pastor and ordained elder in The Methodist Church. She has served in pastoral ministry for almost 15 years in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, including the honor of having served as the first woman in the role of senior pastor at First Christian Methodist Church in the Red Bird area of Dallas.
A womanist public theologian and food justice strategist, she earned a Doctor of Ministry from Memphis Theological Seminary, in May 2022. Her work focuses on the intersection of food insecurity, famines, displacement, and gentrification of Black, Latinx, and Indigenous peoples. Her doctoral research project is “Reframing the Narrative of Food Insecurity: Creating a Faith-Based Policy that Addresses Food Apartheid in the Red Bird Community of Dallas.”
An international speaker on food justice issues through a theological framework, Rev. Blair has been a featured panelist for Bread For The World’s Global Advocacy Summit, Conversation with the White House and she has presented her work on the systemic injustices of food insecurity at conferences including the Political Theology Network conference at Union Theological Seminary in New York, Rural Women’s Studies Kitchen Table Talk to Global Forum at the University of Guelph in Canada, and the Leadership Academy at Vanderbilt Divinity School. Her work has also been included in the UN Food Summit and Pan African Women of faith Ecumenical Empowerment Network.
An award-winning writer, Rev. Blair is a Public Voices Fellow of The Op Ed Project, a 2021 Engle Institute of Preaching fellow and a 2017 Black Theology and Leadership Institute fellow of Princeton Theological Seminary. She is also a 2018-2020 fellow of Vanderbilt Divinity School’s Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative cohort. She earned a Master of Theological Studies, and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2013 from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.
Rev. Yvette R. Blair is a native of Dallas, Texas and holds a BA in Journalism from the University of North Texas. She and her husband, the Rev. Carl M. Lavallais, live in Dallas.
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