Ezra E.H. Griffith is Deputy Chairman for Clinical Affairs, Department of Psychiatry, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Department of African-American Studies, Yale University. He has broad consultation experience in mental health service systems and has published extensively in the areas of cultural and forensic psychiatry. A former president of the Connecticut Psychiatric Society, Dr Griffith chairs that society's Ethics Committee, as well as the Ethics Committee of the Connecticut Mental Health Center. He has had a sustained interest in psychiatry and religion for many years. He has been a student of the Barbados Spiritual Baptist Church for over two decades and has published several papers on that faith group and other religious matters.
"This book is a detailed study of the Spiritual Baptist tradition in Barbados and its development under the leadership of Patriarch Granville Williams. Using a multidisciplinary approach drawing on historical, anthropological and sociological perspectives and an ethnographic research methodology, the author has crafted a detailed account of the emergence of the traditions from its Trinidadian roots to its specifically Barbadian context." - Carol B. Duncan, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Religion and Culture, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada