Samuel Feemster

Adjunct Professor, Spirituality & Law Enforcement; Director, Institute for Justice Formation


M.Div., John Leland Center for Theological Studies
J.D., Wake Forest University

Rev. Feemster is the Director of Leland’s Institute for Justice Formation and teaches courses relating to biblical justice as part of the Graduate Certificate in Justice Formation program. He brings to his teaching a background in both ministry and law enforcement. He serves as the pastor of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Arlington, VA. He also served as a Special Agent with the FBI for 28 years, and thus has a unique and informed perspective on the intersection of spirituality and law enforcement. While serving in the FBI, Rev. Feemster conducted a research project at the FBI Academy focused on officer wellness known as Project BeSTOW (Beyond Survival Toward Officer Wellness). He later created a course and annual symposium to assist police executives in connecting spirituality, faith, and work in order to sustain both officer wellness and community security. In recognition of this work, the University of Virginia presented him with a 2009 Jefferson Award. As a minister and professor, he continues to seek to bring together law enforcement and the church community. Under his leadership, Mount Vernon provides a respite and renewal center for the first responder community known as R.E.S.T. Stop East (Restoring Essential Servants Together). As Director of the Institute for Justice Formation, he leads efforts to investigate and promote the transformational character of biblical justice for leaders and communities through a holistic program of spiritual formation, education, and advocacy. The Institute pursues embodying the spirit of justice to inspire human flourishing.


Email: sfeemster@leland.edu

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