Charles W. Powell, a practical theologian, earned his Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry degree at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He specializes in interreligious dialogue between Christians and Muslims. Powell travels extensively throughout the Middle East and Europe engaging in conversations with Muslim scholars and practitioners of Islam in order to have a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Islamic milieu. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford, UK. Additionally, Powell serves as an adjunct professor of Muslim-Christian Dialogue at Holy Cross College. His recent book project, Empathizing with Muslims: A Path to Dialogue for Southern Baptists, tackles the issues of religious literacy and narrative empathy for Islam and Muslim that are often lacking in the Southern Baptist denomination.