Dr. Frederick Streets

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Dr. Frederick Streets is the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor in Pastoral Counseling at Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. Frederick J. “Jerry” Streets earned his bachelor of arts degree in sociology and psychology in 1972 from Ottawa (Kansas) University. While an undergraduate, he conducted independent research at the Institute on Race Relations in London. He is a graduate of the Yale Divinity School, holds a master of social work degree from Yeshiva University, certificates from Harvard University’s Program on Professional Education and The Staff College of the National Institutes of Mental Health, and a doctorate in social welfare from Yeshiva University. Ottawa University has also honored him with the Doctor of Divinity degree and an outstanding achievement alumni award. Dr. Streets was a 2008 Fulbright Scholar at the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa. He conducted research on the impact of HIV and AIDS on children and families and the role of faith-based institutions in partnership with secular organizations in response to AIDS.

The Reverend Doctor Streets served 17 years (1975-1992) as the Senior Pastor of the Mount Aery Baptist Church in Bridgeport, CT. He developed a number of significant programs there addressing the mission of the church in an urban context. His efforts included an AIDS Ministry, a Latch Key After School Program, and a Health and Social Service Education and Referral Service for low-income and elderly people, as well as programs to develop affordable housing, minority male mentoring, outreach to the elderly, scholarships for youth, commodities distribution for the needy, and many more. He led in 1978 and 1979 a group of African American and Jewish religious and civic leaders to Israel as a part of a larger effort and dialogue to foster a better relationship among members of the African American and Jewish communities.

He has served as a psychiatric social work associate at the Greater Bridgeport Community Mental Health Center and the Child Guidance Center of Bridgeport, and as a research associate and faculty member at the Hartford Seminary.

In 1992, Reverend Streets was appointed Chaplain of Yale University and Senior Pastor of the University Church. The oldest college church in America, founded by Yale in 1757, the University Church formerly affiliated with the United Church of Christ, is a nondenominational ecumenical Yale University Christian church. He is the first African-American and the first Baptist minister to serve in Yale’s chaplaincy, a position whose deeply-rooted tradition grows from the 18th century. He is also an adjunct member of the faculty at Yale Divinity School. He is a former member of the Clinical Social Faculty of the Yale Child Student Center. His research and teaching interests are in pastoral theology, institutional leadership and development, law and religion, and social welfare. Under his leadership the Chaplaincy at Yale is considered a model of what Chaplaincy is today in a complex and diverse institution of higher education.

Reverend Streets has made several visits to Bosnia as a senior consultant with the Harvard University Program in Refugee Trauma. There he met with refugees, physicians, and educational, religious and civic leaders to implement a model of psychiatric and pastoral care for those traumatized by war. He continues as a consultant/faculty member of HPRT to train mental health professionals from around the world to address the spiritual aspects of those coping with traumatic experiences.

Sample Titles

  • Trauma and Pastoral Care
  • Pastoral Care After War
  • The Road of Ministry
  • A Dream for the Millennium
  • Welfare Reform: A Theological Perspective
  • Self-Esteem and Spirituality
  • Equipping Faith Communities for a Changing World
  • Faith and Hope: Fashioning a Vision of Community in American Society
  • The Partnership of Ministry and Medicine: Hope in Urban America
  • A Ministry of Hope


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