Sankofa CPE Manager

Rev. Malu Fairley-Collins

Rev. Malu Fairley-Collins, B.C.C., C.E. (they/them) is the CPE Program Manager at Sankofa CPE Center. Malu entered the ACPE Certification process in 2012 and began facilitating units in 2013. She became an ACPE Certified Educator CPE Educator in 2018. Malu has over five years of CPE leadership with major accomplishments such as creating the inaugural residency program at CaroMont Health, co-chairing the Atrium Health Palliative Care & Bereavement Committee, and facilitating an enterprise-wide implementation of an Initial Bereavement Care process for inpatient adult populations. They have also led several units of Palliative care focused CPE group with mutiple site placements. Formerly Malu was the Endorser for the Alliance of Baptists where they created an Endorsement Taskforce, facilitated the creation of an Endorsement manual, and oversaw the Endorsement Interview Process. Malu has held various volunteer leadership positions including the ACPE Anti-Bias Task Force member and Vice President of the Board of the Alliance of Baptists.

Malu currently lives in Charlotte, NC, although they spent their childhood “up-top” (Washington Heights, NY). They are a proud graduate of Spelman College (‘02) and Candler School of Theology (‘09). Malu is married to Ezra (he/him) and together they have three children. They are an avid reader, aspiring homesteader, and a sci-fi enthusiast.

Board of Directors / Professional Advisory Group

Rev. Ardella M. Gibson, Chair
Serenity CPE Center for Experiential Learning
Elgin, Illinois

Rev. Kim Shelton
Good News Community Church – UCC
Chicago, Illinois

Rev. Dr. William Marcus Small
New Calvary Baptist Church & Virginia Union University
Norfolk, Virginia

Rev. Myra Taylor
New Hope – UCC
Phoenix, Arizona

Rev. David Watkins
Greater Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church & McCormick Theological Seminary
Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Lee H. Butler, Jr.
Iliff School of Theology
Denver, Colorado

Rev. Malu F. Fairley-Collins
Sankofa CPE of Baptists
Raleigh, North Carolina


Dr. Sonja B. Williams
Eden Theological Seminary
Webster Groves, Missouri

Rev. Cierra Bates-Chamberlain
LiveFree Illinois – Social Service Organization
Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Sharon Ellis-Davis
McCormick Theological Seminary
Chicago, Illinois

Rev. Veronica Johnson
Hyde Park Union Church – American Baptist/UCC &
Faith In Place
Chicago, Illinois

Rev. Marilyn Pagan-Banks
A Just Harvest Community Soup Kitchen
Chicago, Illinois

Rev. Jeremy Gilmore
ACPE Certified Educator
Director, Spiritual Care Services
WakeMed Health & Hospitals
Raleigh, NC