• Shonda nicole gladden


    THIS founder of Good to the SOUL, is committed to living life doing good in the "spirit of universal living"(SOUL). A Washington, DC native, Shonda and her post-millennial daughter, currently reside in the Midwest. As a mother, philosophical theologian and scholar practitioner, helping people flourish is her passion. Through the primary work of cultivating spaces where human flourishing is central and individuals are invited to attend to the healing and well-being of their souls, She consults with various think tanks and organizations to produce theologically informed and creative resources, influencing organizational, individual, and cultural change.




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    WHO I AM...

    I name, nurture and cultivate good everywhere.


    I am a philosophical theologian/scholar practitioner, who is both an innovative and creative visionary who conceptualizes, assesses and develops content and copy to effectively market ideas. I am an empathic and active listener with a high ability to help individuals and organizations think strategically and act decisively.


    I work as an independent researcher and consultant for research projects, many of which have been funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc. and other philanthropic foundations, through various institutions including Princeton Theological Seminary, Columbia University, Vibrant Faith and The Forum for Theological Exploration.


    I help people find their way to good; more specifically, I help high capacity, emerging adults, who have experienced social, economic, or other marginalization due to gender, sexual identity, economic status, trauma or other life event that has resulted in real or perceived diminished esteem, altered capacity and/or acquiescence to mediocrity, as well as the organizations who serve, support or otherwise engage this demographic.


    I have earned four degrees: a B.A. in Philosophy from Morgan State University, both an M.Div. and an M.T.S. from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, and an M.T.S. from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary on the campus of Northwestern University.


    I have taught courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level in the areas of Philosophy, Church History and Systematic Theology at various institutions including Morgan State University and Wesley Theological Seminary.


    I maintain a relationship with the American Academy of Religion, where I have presented papers and led round-table sessions and am the immediate past co-convener of the Women's Caucus.


    As a classically trained vocalist I studied with the late Dr. Nathan M. Carter, performing on some of the world’s most reknown concert stages, including Carnegie Hall under the baton of the late Robert Shaw in commemoration of Marian Anderson’s 100th Birthday.

    I am occasionally invited to communicate the cultural stories of sun-kissed people through artistic renderings of spirituals, stories and poems.


    I am an ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and have served as a lead pastor of three churches since 2012. I currently serve as the Lead Pastor of St. Paul AME Church in Indianapolis.

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    good words

    Whether you need a compelling speaker for a stadium or a seminar, or another set of eyes before launching a good idea, I inspire and help people craft and communicate good words. With more than twenty years of public speaking experience, I have given talks and guidance on subjects ranging from race, diversity and inclusion to cultivating core competencies for success.

    good direction

    Parker Palmer, in "Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation" writes “before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.” I help people discern good directions for living faithfully into their best selves by providing one-on-one and group consultations in person, by phone and virtually.

    good Strategies

    According to Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, “There are two ways to extend a business. Take inventory of what you’re good at and extend out from your skills. Or determine what your customers need and work backward, even if it requires learning new skills.” 


    I help individuals and organizations assess current practices and help them discern and implement good strategies to ensure growth, sustainability, or when necessary- a strategic exit.

    good research

    I enjoy and do good research. I am skilled in qualitative research approaches (esp. ethnography, portraiture, phenomenology) and am available to perform data collection and/or consult on a limited number of funded research projects particularly in the areas of religion, culture, identity, and emerging media.


    Curriculum vitae available here
    Limited research portfolio available here.

    Limited past projects include:

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    Dr. lee p. Washington

    “Our congregation is so much stronger because of her willingness to offer herself as a servant for the kingdom of GOD.”

    Nancy childress

    Rabun Manor

    She is awesome, genuine and a Godly woman and yet, so approachable and attentive.
    She is destined to honor God in great ways.


    View my academic writings and vitae

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