Harold Dean Trulear is Director of the Healing Communities Prison Ministry and Prisoner Reentry Project of the Philadelphia Leadership Foundation. Designed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Healing Communities has been implemented in over 20 sites nationally, in partnership with such organizations as the Progressive National Baptist Convention, the Christian Association for Prisoner Aftercare and the National Women’s Prison Project. Dr. Trulear is an ordained American Baptist minister and serves as Associate Professor of Applied Theology and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Howard University, where he is also president of the Gamma of DC chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. He is on the pastoral staff of Praise and Glory Tabernacle in Southwest Philadelphia. He also serves as a Fellow at the Center for Public Justice in Annapolis, MD. He has taught religion, public policy and community studies in several institutions, including Yale University, the University of Southern California, Hartford Seminary, Eastern University and Vanderbilt University. His research interests include religion and culture, the church and domestic violence, and religion and criminal justice. From 1998-2001 he served as vice president of faith based initiatives at Public/Private Ventures, in Philadelphia, having come to P/PV from New York Theological Seminary, where he served six years as dean for first professional studies.
A graduate of Morehouse College (BA) and Drew University (PhD), Dr. Trulear has authored over seventy published monographs, articles, essays, sermons and reviews, including African American Churches and Welfare Reform (Center for Public Justice) and Faith Based Initiatives with High Risk Youth (P/PV. His edited volume, George Kelsey: Unsung Hero was published by the Andover Newton Theological Seminary in honor of their storied alumnus who was Martin Luther King’s mentor and academic advisor at Morehouse, and he has co-edited Ministry with Prisoners and Their Families: The Way Forward, with W. Wilson Goode and Charles E. Lewis. His writings on religion, culture and political afairs have appeared in PBS’ Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, the Center for Public Justice’ Capital Commentary and Prism: America’s Alternative Evangelical Voice.
Dr. Trulear has served as a consultant to a number of organizations concerning faith based community development and outreach, including AEL Laboratories (Charleston W. VA), the Leadership Center of Morehouse College, Mahoning Valley (Ohio) Council of Churches, Churches Active In Northside (Cincinnati, OH), the University of Delaware, Tuskegee University, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, the Pew Forum and Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio. He is a member of the Society for the Study of Black Religion, the American Academy of Religion, the Christian Association for Prisoner Aftercare, the Correctional Chaplains and Ministries Association, and the Faith and Spiritual Afairs Advisory Board of the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disabilities Services.