Florida 2019 Winter Pastors' School Speakers

Willie Jennings, Ph.D.

Willie Jennings, Ph.D.

“The Book of Acts: Identity, Place, and Discipleship”

 Dr. Willie James Jennings is currently Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale University Divinity School.

Willie Jennings, Ph.D., was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received his B.A. in Religion and Theological Studies from Calvin College (1984), his M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena California, and his Ph.D. degree from Duke University. Jennings, who is a systematic theologian, teaches in the areas of theology, black church and Africana studies, as well as post-colonial and race theory. Jennings is the author of The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race published by Yale University Press. It is one of the most important books in theology written in the last twenty-five years and is now a standard text read in colleges, seminaries, and universities. He is also the recipient of the 2015 Grawemeyer Award in Religion for his groundbreaking work on race and Christianity. His recently authored commentary on the book of Acts, Acts (Belief: a Theological Commentary on the Bible; John Knox Westminster), has won the Reference Book of the Year Award from The Academy of Parish Clergy. Jennings is hard at work on a book on the doctrine of creation, tentatively entitled Reframing the World.

Amy Butler, Ph.D.

Amy Butler, Ph.D.

“Embracing a Future We Cannot See: Conversations on Becoming Beloved Community”

The Rev. Amy Butler, Ph.D., currently serves as the Senior Minister at The Riverside Church in New York City. She is the seventh Senior Minister and the first woman to hold the position. She previously served as a director for a homeless shelter for women in New Orleans as the Associate Pastor of Membership and Mission at St. Charles Avenue Church in New Orleans, and as the Senior Minister of Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. She holds degrees from Baylor University, the International Baptist Theological Seminary and Wesley Theological Seminary.

David Gushee, Ph.D.

David Gushee, Ph.D.

"The Moral Leadership of Bonhoeffer, King, and Romero"

 The title of Dr. Gushee’s Christian Theology Lecture on Wednesday evening is "Moral Leadership for a Divided Age."

David P. Gushee, Ph.D., (BA, College of William & Mary; Master of Divinity, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy, Union Theological Seminary in New York) is Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University, where he has served for eleven years. Widely regarded as one of the world's leading Christian ethicists, he is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 22 books and approximately 150 book chapters, journal articles, and reviews. His most notable books include Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust, Kingdom Ethics, The Sacredness of Human Life, Evangelical Ethics, A Letter to My Anxious Christian Friends, Still Christian, and the forthcoming Moral Leadership for a Divided Age: Fourteen People Who Dared to Change Our World.