S. Emmanuel Epps, a native of Chicago, Illinois, following in the steps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., matriculated at Morehouse College. He studied at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, an affiliate of Columbia University, under world-renowned theologian James Cone. Speaking with audiences in storefront churches to National Public Radio, from Princeton University to the Junior League of New York, Epps is an ardent supporter of the community development through spiritual empowerment. He has worked with a number of organizations, from People from the American Way Foundation to the U.S. Department of Treasury to Trans Africa. Epps is a former Adjunct Instructor in Philosophy and Religious Studies for the City University of New York. He has authored several articles and publications focusing on the sociology and political implications of political theology and existential ethics. Epps also served as a Higher Education Officer at Medgar Evers College, coordinating programming to recruit, retain, and graduate African-American males at the Male Development and Empowerment Center.
Currently, Epps servers as Executive Vice President for Business & Community Relations at Robateau & Associates, a neuroscience-based speech-language pathology practice focusing on cognitive and language development. As Chairman of the Robateau-Epps Fund, Epps and his wife, have awarded over $70,000. Dollars for scholarships and educational development for students and programs that promote minority participation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Epps is a member of the Morehouse National Alumni Association, Boyer Lodge (Prince Hall Affiliation), the American Jewish Committee, Citizens Union, the Union League Clug of Chicago and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. Epps is the proud father of two daughters, Addison Epps and Emerson Epps, and is happily married to Lisa Robateau of Belize, Central America.
Epps is pleased to continue his work of enlightenment and empowerment with the Ifa Foundation as Babalawo Ifasunlade, as well as his new role as Chair of Theological Studies, tasked with exploration and understanding of Ifa in today’s world.