The Reverend Porsha Williams Gates is a public theologian, multi-dimensional spiritual practitioner, digital content creator, consultant, writer, and preacher. She is the Founder and CEO of Porshanality Media, LLC, a podcast production house for the amplified sound of humanity. She holds degrees from the illustrious Spelman College and Yale Divinity School, and she is currently pursuing her Doctor of Ministry Degree at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Hailing from Bridgeport, CT, Rev. Porsha self-identifies as an Afro-Christian futurist and womanist in living and praxis. She is both licensed (2012) and ordained (2015) into the Progressive Baptist Church by her Pastor, Rev. Dr. Anthony L. Bennett (Mount Aery Baptist Church). Rev. Porsha served as the FTE Transition into Ministry Pastoral Resident at the Mount Aery Baptist Church of Bridgeport, CT. Rev. Porsha has also served as the Pastor to Youth and Children of the Bethany Baptist Church of Newark, NJ (Rev. Timothy L. Adkins-Jones, PhD) and the Assistant Pastor at the St. Paul Community Baptist Church of Brooklyn, NY (Rev. Dr. David K. Brawley). She also has served as an intern at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, The Marquand Chapel of Yale Divinity School, and the Children’s Defense Fund.
In addition to her Afro-Christian roots, Rev. Porsha's spiritual formation is also accredited to her studies as a member of the Lightworker Incubator Spring 21 Cohort led by Jynnette Lewis of Inner Sun Alchemy. Her training as a Level II Reiki practitioner has come through Reiki Master Shayla Edmonds.
Rev. Porsha has served as a community organizer in the areas of youth incarceration,
reproductive justice, and affordable housing with the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, East Brooklyn Congregations, and Congregations Organized For A New Connecticut.
In addition to congregational ministry, Rev. Porsha has done extensive work in curating digital sacred space as the CEO of Porshanality Media. In 2022, Rev. Porsha was recognized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation as a faith leader creating change in the digital space. She is the 2022 Winner of the Do Good X Award for her entrepreneurial work with the 19th and Junior Podcast Network. She is also a member of ForbesBLK, a professional network for Black Entrepenuers and Creatives.
She is the host of the award-nominated Porshanality Podcast, Amplify Humanity Podcast, Doing It Different Podcast, Just2Pearls Podcast, and God’s Got Jokes TV on YouTube. Rev. Porsha is a podcast consultant for Hearst Media, Inc., and has worked across brands, including Oprah Daily, Women's Health, Men's Health, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Town & Country, just to name a few. She is also a contributing writer for Urban Ministries Incorporated, the Millennial Womanism Project, Fidelia Magazine of Young Clergy Women International, and WomanPreach!, Inc. She has also been featured in The Root, and has appeared on Preaching and Preachers, Afros & Audio Live.
Rev. Porsha is a 2020 graduate of the founding class of the RISE Together National Mentorship Network for Women of Color in Ministry, in partnership with Union Theological Seminary. She is an inaugural member of the Prophetic Preaching Cohort of Auburn Seminary, founded by Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III. In January of 2019, Rev. Porsha was inducted into the Academy of Preachers at the National Festival of Young Preachers. She is also a founding board member for the Circle of Scared Fire, Kairos Circle, a preaching intensive for women of color in ministry. Rev. Porsha is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Also, she enjoys reading books, watching movies, traveling, and spending time with her wonderful husband, Mr. Jamal R. Gates.
Doctor of Ministry
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
In 2024, I am expected to graduate from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry Degree. My concentration is in Creative Writing and Public Theology. My thesis engages the work of Fred Rogers, digital sacred space, and podcasting as an alternative pulpit. My final creative project is a podcast examining African-American Millennials' inner child work.
Master of Divinity
In 2015, I graduated from Yale Divinity School with a Master of Divinity Degree. Achievements include Class Marshall, Merrit Scholar, and the Henry Hallam Tweedy Prize Winner.
Bachelors of Arts
In 2012, I graduated from Spelman College with a BA in English and a minor in Creative Writing. Achievements include the Dean's List and the Honor Roll.