Donald M. Chinula

Associate Professor of Religion and Theology
127A Wynn Humanities & Fine Arts Center
(205) 366-8933


Dr. Donald M. Chinula is originally from the Republic of Malawi, Central Africa. He graduated from Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, with the Batchelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Economics and International Relations, from the University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, with the Juris Doctor degree in law, from Columbia University School of Law, New York City, with Master of Laws degree in Corporate Law, from the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia, with the Master of Divinity degree in Theology and Personality [Psychology], from the Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, California, and with the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Theology and  Personality [Psychology]. Before coming to Stillman, Dr. Chinula had been a college officer, was in the private and public practice of law, and served in the ministry of the Presbyterian Church (USA). He has been at Stillman since 1994. He teaches classes in Religion and Theology. He has been in higher education since 1982.

Research Interests

  • The intersection of theological and personality development.
  • The religious relevance and power of the historical Jesus.
  • How the “underside” theologies of the global oppressed humanity redeem theological orthodoxies.
  • The oppressive social syndromes of “isms” such as racism, sexism, classicism, and homophobia distort the creative advance. Pastoral, political, and economic theology.
  • The real but un-won wars of the United States.
  • The little or unstudied holocausts of the world.
  • The United States as a failed state.
  • Educating for transformation and transcendence.


  • Book Chapter, Oppression Sensitive Pastoral Care & Counseling, in “Injustice & the Cure of Souls,” Cheryl Sajuto, et al, Eds. Paulist Press, New York, 2009
  • Book, Building King’s Beloved Community: Foundations for Care and Counseling with the Oppressed. Revised and Expanded Edition, Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2010.
  • Book, Building King’s Beloved Community: Foundations for Pastoral Care & Counseling of the Oppressed. Cleveland, Ohio: Pilgrim Press, 1997
  • Article, Jamaican Exorcism: Its Implications for a Pan-African Theology of National Redemption. The Caribbean Journal of Religious Studies, Vol. 6 No. 1, April, 1985
  • Article, Liberation, Praxis, and Psychotherapy. Apuntes: Theological Reflections of the Hispanic Margin. Year 5, No. 4, Winter 1992
  • Article, Of Happiness and Demons. Walnut, California: Focus Newsletter of the Walnut Valley Counseling Center


Ph.D. - Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA - Theology and Personality (Psychology)
M.A. - Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA - Theology and Personality (Psychology)
M.Div. - The Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, GA - Theology and Personality (Psychology)
LL.M. - Columbia University School of Law, New York City, NY - Corporate Law.
University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN - Law
Carleton College, Northfield, MN - Political Science & Economics.


Summa Cum Laude, Interdenominational Theological Center
Seminary Valedictorian
Summa Cum Laude, Claremont School of Theology
The National Dean’s List
Outstanding Youngman of America
Who’s Who in American Colleges & Universities
Who’s Who in America
Who’s Who in the World
Who’s Who in American Law
Who’s Who in American Education
Who’s Who in the South and Southwest

Courses Currently Taught

LOGIC 330: Critical Thinking
REL 131 Reading the Old Testament
REL 132 Reading the New Testament
REL/THL 230 Introductory Theologies
REL/THL 233 Theologies of Liberation
REL/THL History of Christianity
REL/THL 239 Dynamics of Identity and Faith Development
REL 336 Basic Christian Beliefs
REL 430 Sociology of Religion
REL/THL Christology/Life and Work of Christ
REL 434 Ethics
REL/THL Black Theology of Liberation
REL 438 Contemporary Theology
REL /THL 439 Spiritual Development in Middle Age and Late Adulthood