Professor of religion; Methodist clergyman. Born– May 19, 1938, Gadsden, Ala. Parents–Frank Bural and Malinda Williams McClain. Married– Jo Ann Mattos. Children– Two. Education– A.B., Clark College, 1960; M. Divinity, Boston University School of Theology, 1962; D. Ministry, Boston University, 1977. Employed as minister, Haven United Methodist Church, Anniston, Ala., 1962-1964; pastor, Union United Methodist Church, Boston, Mass., 1968-1978; executive director, Urban Training Center, Boston, 1966-1979; executive director, Multi-Ethnic Center for Ministry, Drew University, 1978; Professor of Homiletics and Worship, Wesley Theological Seminary, 1980-. Chairman, New England Black Methodists for Church Renewal, 1968-1971; member, NAACP, Society for Study of Black Religion, Academy of Homiletics, American Academy of Religion. Consultant, Lily Foundation, Board of Global Ministries, United Methodist Church. Active as lecturer, preacher, and consultant; author of articles in professional and religious journals.
Who’s Who Among Black Americans, 1980-81.
Black People in the Methodist Church; Whither Thou Goest? Cambridge, Mass.; Schenkman Publishing Co., 1984.
The Black Worship Experience in America. Boston; Project Report (D. Min)–Boston University, 1977.
The Soul of Black Worship. Madison, N.J.; Multi-Ethnic Center for Ministry, Drew University, 1980.
Strangers at Home. Madison, N.J.; Multi-Ethnic Center for Ministry, Wesley House, Drew University, [between 1978 and 1981].
Traveling Light; Christian Perspectives on Pilgrimage and Pluralism. New York; Friendship Press, 1981.