Christians in the West Midlands are mourning the death of Reverend Lynnette Mullings, an ordained minister within the Wesleyan Holiness Church (WHC), who served as Leadership Development Officer for Minority Ethnic Anglicans and a Ministry Development Officer for Black Majority Churches in the UK.
Rev Mullings made history by becoming the youngest person to be ordained within the WHC at 23 years old. She was also one of the UK’s few Black British biblical scholars.
Rev Mullings’ research interests spanned New Testament Studies, Black Biblical Hermeneutics and Black/Womanist Theology. She was a member of the Editorial Board for Black Theology: An International Journal, and sat on the WHC District Board for Ministerial Development, where she was responsible for theological education and ministerial training.
She was just four weeks away from completing her PhD, ‘Jesus a run tings!’, at the University of Birmingham, which aimed to develop a Black biblical hermeneutic for the African Caribbean community in the UK, when she tragically died.
Lifelong friend and fellow academic, Dr Robert Beckford, stated, “Lynnette was a dynamic individual who will be sorely missed. She demonstrated brilliantly how to hold in tension a passion for God and a radical commitment to the Black Church. She was African-centred, but loved all peoples, and was faithful to her God without being discriminatory of other viewpoints. She will be sorely missed.”