Harold Trulear, Ph.D.


Harold Dean Trulear, Ph.D. has served as Associate Professor of Applied Theology at Howard University School of Divinity since 2003. He currently teaches Prophetic Ministry, Ethics and Politics, Ministry and Criminal Justice, and Church and Community Studies. Dr. Trulear directs a national research and demonstration project called Healing Communities which mobilizes congregations to support those returning from incarceration through the establishment of family and social support networks. 

With Charles Lewis and W. Wilson Goode, Dr. Trulear is co-editor of the book “Ministry with Prisoners and Families: The Way Forward” (Judson Press 2011). He also served as pastor of churches in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and he is currently a pastoral associate at Praise and Glory Tabernacle in Philadelphia. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College (1975), he completed his Ph.D. with distinction at Drew University (1983). 

Dr. Trulear is the author of over 100 articles, book chapters, essays and published sermons. His important monographs include “Faith Based Initiatives with High Risk Youth,” “The African American Church and Welfare Reform,” and “George Kelsey: Unsung Hero.” He writes a weekly reentry column for DonDivaMag.com called “Welcome Home” and is a regular contributor to The Capital Commentary on criminal justice reform.