Sabrina E. Dent (she/her/hers) a native of Petersburg, VA is a life-long advocate for human rights and social justice. She developed a strong passion for religious freedom in 2015 when she became a Fellow with the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC). Her public scholarship emphasizes using an intersectional approach to raising the visibility of church-state issues that impact racial, religious minority, and nonreligious communities.
Previously, Sabrina served as the Senior Faith Adviser for Americans United for Separation of Church and State. She actively engaged and mobilized religious leaders to amplify faith voices on legislative issues such as the Equality Act to ensure and expand federal legal protections for LGBTQ+ individuals, people of color, women, and religious minority groups. Sabrina has presented at numerous programs and events including Faithful Democracy’s Moral Prelude to the March On Washington, and Melissa Rogers’ “Faith In American Public Life” book launch on CSPAN Book TV. In April 2021, her faith outreach and advocacy efforts were recognized by the Center for American Progress when she was named one of the 21 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2021. Sabrina is most proud of her work on the three-year project with the Freedom Forum funded by the Henry Luce Foundation titled “Religious Freedom: African American Perspectives.”, which resulted in the co-edited and co-authored book, “African Americans and Religious Freedom: New Perspectives for Congregations and Communities.”
Sabrina, a proud mother, earned her Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech, and her Masters and Doctorate of Ministry degrees from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. Her doctoral project title was “Bridging the Gap of Race and Interfaith Relations: Connecting Humanity with Our Stories.”