Johnny B. Hill

 Johnny B. Hill
Address1044 Alta Vista Road
Louisville, KY 40205

Assistant Professor of Theology, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Assistant Professor of Theology, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Ph.D., Evanston,
M.Div., Morehouse College,
Th.M., Morehouse College,

A graduate of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Ph.D.) in Evanston, Ill., Dr. Hill also earned degrees from Duke Divinity School (M.Div.; Th.M.), and the Bachelor in Sociology from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.

A deep interest in the work of social justice and reconciliation has led Dr. Hill to participate in many projects aimed at fostering more intercultural and inter-religious conversation, community renewal and reform, and multicultural awareness. In addition to teaching, his work has included assisting and serving as acting director of the African American Student Affairs Program at Chicago’s Northwestern University, developing multicultural programs that promote academic excellence and community. He has worked with numerous community organizations in the Chicago area on issues of housing reform and gang violence. And over the years, he has participated in several international mission trips to Haiti, Mexico, Kenya, and Honduras, where he said he ” first learned the language of reconciliation and experienced first-hand the global situations that now compel seminaries to become more sensitized and aggressive in preparing men and women for ministries in multicultural communities.”

Dr. Hill has also served the church. An ordained American Baptist, from 2003 until 2006 he was an assistant pastor at Second Baptist Church, an urban congregation in the heart of Evanston, outside Chicago. He has also served churches in Durham, N.C., and Philadelphia. In addition, he serves on the Justice and Advocacy Commission of the National Council of Churches, USA, where he is involved with ecumenical and peace initiatives.

As a a professor of theology at Louisville Seminary since 2006, Dr. Hill hopes to help students seek to know God through others and in the context of community.

“I am thrilled to be come a part of this commitment. We understand more about God when we are in relationship with ‘the other,’ particularly those who are different. It is through understanding and embracing that difference that we can begin to understand and embrace the fullness of who God is.”

His recent publications include: The Theology of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Desmond Mpilo Tutu (Palgrave MacMillan, 2007) in the series on black Religion/womanist Thought/Social Justice and Multidimensional Ministry to Today’s Black Family (Judson Press, 2007). He is co-chair of the consultation for the Theology of Martin Luther King Jr. with the American Academy of Religion and co-founded the Foundation for Reconciliation and Dialogue ( with renowned theologian J. Deotis Roberts, who currently serves as president.

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