Dr. Cory J. May is originally from Jersey City, New Jersey. He joined ORU in the Fall of 2021 as an adjunct instructor within the Graduate School of Theology and Ministry. Dr. May became an assistant professor of theological and historical studies within the department beginning the Fall semester of 2022.
Dr. May earned an Associate degree (2005) and Bachelor's degree (2006) in theology at Escondido Bible College, Escondido, California. He completed a Master of Divinity (2010) at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. The Lord continued to bless Dr. May, and he continued his education, completing a Master's degree in Theology and Religious Studies (2012) and a Doctorate (2018) from the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Dr. May's passion and primary research interest are studying colonial African American Christianity and theology. He aims to contribute to the theologically conservative African American Evangelical scholarship, which presents a scriptural-centered and historically accurate interpretation of African American Slave Christianity. However, his academic interest also extends to the theology of Reinhold Niebuhr and Martin Luther King, Jr., the Civil Rights Movement, Black Theology, the African American slave narratives, and African American literature and politics.