Faith and Culture Conversations | Dr. Leonard Edloe

Event Information

February 9th, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Online (ZOOM)

Join facilitators Dr. Christine Luckritz Marquis and Dr. David Coogan on Wednesday, February 9th at 7:00 pm on Zoom for an engaging conversation with Dr. Leonard Edloe on Faith, Culture and COVID.



Leonard L. Edloe is the retired CEO and Pharmacist of Edloe’s Professional Pharmacies, which were located in Richmond, Virginia, the Pastor of New Hope Fellowship in Hartfield, Virginia, and a consultant at Westwood Pharmacy.

Upon graduation in 1970 from the Howard University College of Pharmacy, Dr. Edloe joined his father, a 1934 graduate of the College, in the practice of pharmacy. He has distinguished himself as both a professional and a community leader. Not only did he grow the practice from one location to four., Dr. Edloe was always on the cutting edge in his profession.

Since the day he entered practice, Dr. Edloe took a special interest in minority students who wanted to enter the profession. Many of the African American pharmacists in the Richmond area were mentored by him or trained in his pharmacy. His interest in students and the quality of service he provided to his patients resulted in him being appointed to the clinical faculties of the Howard University, College of Pharmacy; the Hampton University, School of Pharmacy; the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, and the University of South Carolina School of Pharmacy.

Dr. Edloe is the author of numerous articles on patient care and is a speaker to pharmacy groups at the local, state, and national levels. He was one of the youngest pharmacists elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Pharmacists Association. He served as President of the American Pharmacists Association Foundation. He also served as a member of the Virginia Pharmacists Association Research and Educational Foundation and has served as President of the Richmond Pharmacists Association. Presently he is President-Elect of the Virginia Pharmacists Association. He is currently serving as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the Howard University College of Pharmacy.

For 13 years, Dr. Edloe served as Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Susan, Virginia. Since 2010, he has led New Hope Fellowship. After only two years of existence, the church purchased a 7,200-square-foot educational and worship center on 10 acres of land.

For nine years, Dr. Edloe hosted a weekly radio show on health, religion and politics. Explaining to many their medications and the complicated health system in our nation.

Dr. Edloe also serves as Adjunct Professor of Christian Ethics at the John Leland Theological Center School of Ministry.

In addition to his B.S in pharmacy from Howard University, Dr. Edloe earned a Master of Divinity from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University and a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Florida School of Pharmacy and a Master of Theology from Union Presbyterian Seminary. He is an alumni Fellow in the Clergy in Rural and Underserved Areas at The Center for Church and Community of Campbell University.

Dr. Edloe resides in Mechanicsville, Virginia, with his wife Serita, and is the father of one daughter, Leonard Lenisse Edloe.

More details about this series:

In the Bible, faith “is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) Culture, by contrast, is known in what we can see: the customs, arts, institutions and other achievements of a particular group, nation, or people. Clearly, faith and culture intersect. But how? Toward what end? Can multiple faiths and cultures exist side by side in a public life in which everyone can flourish?

These sessions will be in a Zoom webinar format.

Learn more about the co-facilitators:

David Coogan is an associate professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University specializing in rhetoric, the teaching of writing, and prison literature. He is the author of Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail, and The Public Work of Rhetoric: Citizen-Scholars and Civic Engagement. And he is the founder and co-director of Open Minds, a program that brings service-learning classes into the Richmond City Justice Center, and the director of Write Your Way Out: A Criminal Justice Diversion Program, which enables low-level offenders in Richmond to avoid incarceration by coming to VCU to write their ways out of the narratives that lead to incarceration. Coogan hosts a podcast, Writing Our Way Out, based on the book by the same name and featuring the co-authors he met in the Richmond City Jail. You can learn more at

Dr. Christine Luckritz Marquis, Associate Professor of Church History and Master of Theology Program Director at Union Presbyterian Seminary. She received her M.A.R. from Yale Divinity School, Luckritz Marquis earned her Ph.D. in Early Christian Studies from Duke University. She has been teaching at Union since 2013. Her teaching and research expertise explore early Christian communities and their practices, especially late ancient communities in Egypt, Syria, Ethiopia, and the Arabian Peninsula. Her interests include memory and spatial practices, the role of violence in identity formation, material culture, and Christian interactions with neighboring Christians as well as non-Christians, especially Jews and Muslims. Her first book, Death of the Desert, explores how memory and spatial practices were transformed by acts of violence among Egyptian ascetics (UPenn Press, 2022). When she’s not teaching or writing, she enjoys baking, gardening, and spending time with her family.