Emanuel Cleaver, III

Dr. Emanuel Cleaver, III

Address6601 Monticello Road
Shawnee, KS

Instructor in Christian Witness, Central Baptist Theological Seminary

Ph.D., Saint Paul School of Theology, 2007
M.Div., Methodist Theological School in Ohio, 1999
B.A., Philander Smith College, 1993

Dr. Emanuel Cleaver, III is the oldest of four children born to Dianne and Reverend Emanuel Cleaver, II. The accomplished graduate of Philander Smith College received his B.A. in political science; accepted his calling into the ministry in 1995; and is now an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. After completing the Master of Divinity degree at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio in May of 1999, Cleaver served as pastor of Longview for three years and was then appointed to St. Andrew, both United Methodist Churches in Kansas City. In 2004 Dr. Cleaver became the proud pastor of Centennial United Methodist Church. During his tenure at this great congregation, he received his doctorate of ministry from Saint Paul School of Theology. Under his leadership this great church, located in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District of Kansas City, Missouri, made renovations to its facility, including the installation of an elevator and started a weekly Saturday evening hip hop worship celebration. On July 1, 2008 Dr. Cleaver joined his father as the co-pastor of the 2,500 member St. James UMC in Kansas City.

The dynamic clergyman is involved in several organizations and has served on numerous boards in Kansas City including the Methodist Minister’s Fellowship, and the Concerned Clergy Coalition where he currently serves as vice-president. Furthermore, Dr. Cleaver is a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry for the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church. Cleaver is also a part of the Course of Study faculty at Saint Paul School of Theology and an adjunct professor at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to frequent preaching, teaching, and lecturing engagements he has also had several works published in Unity and Circuit Rider Magazines as well as the Wesley Study Bible.

Dr. Cleaver is married to Sharon and they are the proud parents of two boys and one girl, Emanuel IV, Isaac and Alayna. He is dedicated to spreading the “Good News” of love, hope, and justice found in the liberating power of Jesus Christ.

Areas of Interest

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