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2019 Festival of Homiletics - Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"



Speaker Profile: Joy J. Moore


Assistant Professor of Preaching, Fuller Theological Seminary and academic liaison to the William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies.

Undeniably Female, Unapologetically Black, Unashamedly Christian

      Serving as assistant professor of Preaching at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA., and academic liaison to the William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies, Joy J. Moore, PhD (Brunel University/London School of Theology) teaches in the area of homiletics and the practice of ministry, An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Dr. Joy seeks to encourage theologically framed, biblically attentive, and socially compelling interpretations of familiar passages in order to understand the critical issues influencing community formation in contemporary culture.  (all that means is she tells Bible stories!)

Moore came to Fuller Theological Seminary in 2012 providing the vision to establish the William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies after fours years at Duke University Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina, where she had served as Associate Dean for Black Church Studies and Church Relations and Visiting Professor of Preaching. Upon launching the Pannell Center in January 2015, she returned to research the impact of various media forms on how we assimilate information and what it does to our religious imagination. Examining these interests in biblical studies, practical theology, homiletics, narrative hermeneutics and social media, she is known for loving to tell stories with a theological twist!

Previously an assistant professor of Preaching at Asbury Theological Seminary and chaplain and director of Church Relations at Adrian College, she has held pastorates in the Michigan Area of the United Methodist Church. Her chapter in Andrew C. Thompson’s Generation Rising: A Future with Hope for the United Methodist Church (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2011), calls for preaching that takes seriously the story of Scripture over the moralisms we choose to impose on its stories. She also contributed to the books Essential Truths and Unity, Liberty, and Charity and has written for Sojourners magazine,Christian Century, WorkingPreacher.org and Good Newsmagazine.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Moore's desire to teach led her to earn a BA in Education and Mathematics from National-Louis University in Evanston, Illinois; a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Seminary, also in Evanston; and a PhD in practical theology from London School of Theology/Brunel University, London, England.

An ordained elder in the West Michigan Conference in the United Methodist Church, Moore has focused on cross-racial ministry in urban, rural, and suburban congregations. As a pastor, she has called local congregations to recognize their vocation of glorifying God as a peaceable community—practicing hope, hospitality, and honesty. She has also served the United Methodist denomination at the general, jurisdictional, and annual conference level.

She became a John Wesley Fellow in 2001, and is a member of the National Association of United Methodist Evangelists, the Academy of Homiletics, the Society for Biblical Literature, and the American Academy of Religion, where she is co-chair of the Evangelical Studies Group. She also is a participant in theTheological Engagement with California Culture (TECC) Project.

Moore serves on the board of directors for ZOE Ministries, an empowerment program that provides a comprehensive approach to transforming the lives of African children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, war, disease, famine and other causes. An often featured preacher, Bible study leader and teacher at workshops, conferences, and worship services around the country. Dr. Joy is an avid fan of books by David Baldacci and John Hart, and, when she is not teaching enjoys traveling, watching reruns of Babylon 5, and reading. Currently, she is reading the works of Octavia E. Butler, and rereading the works of John Wesley. Eventually, she intends to blog at www.joyjmoore.com.

Festival Schedule

May 19th - 9:35am - Buckhead Theater - Lecture

May 19th - 1:30pm - Buckhead Theater - Sermon in worship

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