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Kenyatta R. Gilbert, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Homiletics
The Reverend Dr. Kenyatta R. Gilbert is Associate Professor of Homiletics at the Howard University School of Divinity. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from Baylor University and both his M.Div. and Ph.D. in Practical Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Dr. Gilbert specializes in the history, theory, and practice of African American preaching. His research focuses on the theology and rhetoric of prophetic preaching, African American religion, hermeneutical theory, and constructive practical theology. He is author of The Journey and Promise of African American Preaching (Fortress Press, 2011). His second book, which is in progress, is tentatively titled Cry Out! Preaching Justice, Practicing Hope.

During the 2009-2010 academic year, his research for Cry Out! was funded by a sabbatical grant from the Louisville Institute. Dr. Gilbert is the 2011 recipient of Howard University’s Emerging Scholar Award. He is also a member of the summer 2013 inaugural class of Andrew Mellon Summer Research Fellows at Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University.

Dr. Gilbert is an ordained Baptist minister and founder of The Preaching Project (www.thepreachingproject.org), a website ministry promoting the nurture of the preaching life of ministers serving African American churches and communities. Prior to joining the Divinity School’s faculty in 2006, he served congregations in Texas, New York, New Jersey, and Kenya.

Dr. Gilbert is married to Dr. Allison Blow Gilbert, a pediatrician. The Gilberts have three daughters: Olivia Copeland, Ella Jane, and Ava Sage.

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