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Kenyatta R. Gilbert

Professor of Homiletics, Howard University

The Reverend Dr. Kenyatta R. Gilbert is 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 2011); A Pursued Justice: Black Preaching from the Great Migration to Civil Rights (Baylor 2016); and, Exodus Preaching: Crafting Sermons about Justice and Hope (Abingdon 2018).

Dr. Gilbert is the recipient of Louisville Institute's First Book Grant for Minority Scholars, Howard University's Emerging Scholar Award, and Moorland-Spingarn Research Center's Andrew Mellon Summer Fellowship. He is a columnist for Sojourners magazine and has served as faculty collaborator for HUSD's Equipping the Saints: Promising Practices in Black Congregational Life research project, a three-year national study funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Dr. Gilbert is an ordained Baptist minister and founder of The Preaching Project: Restoring Communities through Spoken Word (, a website ministry promoting the nurture of the preaching life of ministers serving African American churches and communities. He has served congregations in Maryland, 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. .


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Homiletics, Howard University