Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes

Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

Chanequa Walker-BarnesBorn and raised in Atlanta, Rev. Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes received Bachelor of Arts degrees in psychology and African-American/African studies from Emory University (1994), Master of Science (1996) and Doctor of Philosophy (2000) degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Miami, and a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University (2007).

Prior to coming to McAfee, Dr. Walker-Barnes taught at Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh, North Carolina, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Florida.

Dr. Walker-Barnes utilizes an interdisciplinary approach in her teaching and research, drawing upon pastoral theology, womanist/feminist theology, cultural studies, and the social sciences. Her current interests include racial and gender issues in pastoral care, clergy self-care, Christian spirituality, and reconciliation. Her book, Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength, seeks to heighten pastoral awareness about the inordinate burden that the demand for strength places upon women of African descent and to provide a framework for liberative pastoral care with African-American women. Dr. Walker-Barnes is a recipient of the Louisville Institute First Book Grant for Minority Scholars.

Dr. Walker-Barnes is an ordained minister and lives with her husband, Delwin, and son, Micah.


  • M.Div., Duke University Divinity School, 2007
  • Ph.D., University of Miami, 2000
  • M.S., University of Miami, 1996
  • B.A., Emory University, 1994

Contact Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes

(678) 547-6442