Frederick “Jerry” Streets, LICSW, is an adjunct Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Yale Divinity School, and a visiting professor in the Department of Social Work and Latino Community Practice at the University of Saint Joseph. He previously served as the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor in Pastoral Counseling at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University. From 1992-2007, he served as the Chaplain of Yale University and Senior Pastor of the University Church, in which role he established a model of multi-faith campus ministry. From 1975-2007, he served as Senior Pastor of the Mount Aery Baptist Church in Bridgeport, CT, in which role he led the congregation through significant growth, oversaw the building of a new church edifice, and developed social services and outreach ministries.
Dr. Streets is a member of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, through which he assists the training of mental health professionals to provide mental health services to those traumatized by war and natural disasters throughout the world. In 2008, Dr. Streets was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, where he studied the intersection of religious, social, and medical institutional outreach services to those affected by HIV/AIDS. He returned to South Africa in 2010 and 2012 as a Fulbright Specialist at the University of the Free State. Dr. Streets was also a 2009 Fellow of the Connecticut Health Foundation. He is the author of several publications and the recipient of several awards.
A Chicago native, Dr. Streets holds a BA from Ottawa University, an M.Div from Yale Divinity School, and an MSW and DSW from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University.