teddy's current research: 

faith and millennials 

Black religion

digital humanities 

historically Black colleges & universities (hbcus) 

educational leadership 


museums and cultural institutions 


currently, teddy serves as the specialist of religion at the smithsonian national museum of african-american history and culture (nmaahc) in washington, d.c. he earned his b.a. from hampton university, m.div. from princeton seminary, and he is currently a ph.d. candidate at fordham university.


in 2018, teddy created a national multi-city program entitled, "gOD-talk: a black millennials and faith conversation series," which explores the dynamic ways Black millennials are engaging with faith in the 21st century. the program continues to garner critical acclaim; having received nine Telly Awards (2019 and 2020) and an Audience Honor award at the 2020 Shorty Awards.

professionally, teddy has served as an english instructor at two prestigious independent schools, as the inaugural program coordinator for the center for Black church studies at princeton seminary, as the executive pastor at calvary baptist church, teaching assistant at princeton university pace center for civic engagement, and as an associate director at community counseling services, where he worked on a $65 million dollar capital campaign. in 2014, he launched the reeves group, a boutique fundraising consultant firm helping educational and faith-based non-profit organizations achieve their organizational goals. teddy's passion for learning, commitment to economic and social justice, and love of fund-raising took him to kigali, rwanda, where he consulted with a local non-profit to enhance their fundraising capacities and organizational structure. 


in 2015, teddy co-curated his first exhibition, "touching the sacred," which explored the scared objects of the Black church tradition. most recently, he assisted in organizing the #blacklivesmatter ride to ferguson in the wake of mike brown’s tragic murder. 


teddy is a sought-after public speaker, teacher, facilitator, and preacher. when he is not researching, speaking, collecting artifacts, cultivating strategic partnerships, producing innovative programs, traveling, or fund-raising, he can be found spending time with his wife briana and tending to their beloved plant children.   

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