Kenyatta R. Gilbert

Dr. Kenyatta R. Gilbert
AddressHoward University School of Divinity
1400 Shepherd Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017

Homiletics, Howard University School of Divinity

Dr. Kenyatta R. Gilbert is assistant professor of Homiletics at the Howard University School of Divinity and associate faculty at the Cathedral College of Preachers. He earned both his M.Div. and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary where he was awarded several scholarships and grants.

He received the Jagow Scholarship in Preaching, Jagow Prize in Homiletics and Speech, David B. Watermulder Prize in Church Leadership, American Baptist Churches of New Jersey’s Doctoral Grant, and Princeton’s Doctoral Fellowship in Practical Theology. He was also a recipient of The Fund for Theological Education’s Dissertation Fellowship.

An ordained Baptist minister with 15 years of parish and non-parish pastoral experience, prior to joining the Divinity School’s faculty, he served congregations in Texas, New York, New Jersey, and Kenya. Dr. Gilbert specializes in the history, theory and practice of African American preaching. His research focuses on the theology and rhetoric of prophetic preaching in African American churches and communities, African American religion, hermeneutical theory and constructive practical theology.

His publications include sermons, “A Date with Destiny” and “The Giving Tree;” articles, “The Prophetic and the Priestly: Reclaiming Preaching as Practical Theology,” and “Suspicion,” in Abingdon Press’s New Interpreter’s Bible Handbook of Preaching. He is also a contributor to The African American Pulpit Lectionary and the forthcoming Feasting on the Word: Lectionary Commentary Series, Volume VI. Dr. Gilbert is currently working on two books, tentatively titled, “Cry Out!: Prophetic Word and African American Preaching” and “The Unrolled Scroll: The Journey and Promise of African American Preaching.”

Dr. Gilbert is married to Dr. Allison Blow Gilbert, a board certified pediatrician. The Gilberts have two daughters, Olivia Copeland and Ella Jane, and anticipate the birth of their third child in June 2009.

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