United Theological Seminary

Assistant Professor, Pastoral And Spiritual Care and Counseling

Director, Interreligious chaplaincy Pamela Ayo Yetunde is Assistant Professor of Pastoral and Spiritual Care and Counseling at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. She came to United in 2017. She received her Th.D. from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA, where she specialized in pastoral counseling. Her research and scholarship focus on Object Relations Theory and psychotherapy, Buddhist psychology, Womanist Theology, Christian-Buddhist spiritual transitional stages, Black lesbian poet Audre Lorde as a spiritual and psychological resource, and chaplain formation. Yetunde has published a number of blog and magazine articles and has written journal articles (to be published in 2017). Yetunde lives in Minnesota with her spouse. She is an interfaith Buddhist practitioner. Education

  • Th.D. Columbia Theological Seminary
  • M.A. Holy Names University
  • J.D. Indiana University School of Law–Bloomington
  • B.A. Ball State University


  • “From Strong Black Woman to Remarkably Relationally Resilient Woman: Black Christian Women and Black Buddhist Lesbians in Dialogue,” Buddhist-Christian Studies, Vol. 37, 2017
  • “Black Lesbians to the Rescue! A Brief Correction with Implications for Womanist Christian Theology and Womanist Buddhology,” Religions 2017


  • Object Relations, Buddhism, and Womanist Practical Theology (forthcoming)


  • Post-doctoral research fellowship at Harvard Divinity School, Fall 2018