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 the author of The Journey and Promise of African American Preaching (Fortress), A Pursued Justice:  Black Preaching from the Great Migration to Civil Rights (Baylor), Exodus Preaching: Crafting Sermons about Justice and Hope (Abingdon), and a co-editor for Living the Word in Sojourners magazine.

 Dr. Gilbert is the recipient of Louisville Institute’s First Book Grant for Minority Scholars and Howard University’s Emerging Scholar Award and Andrew Mellon Fellowship. 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 Texas, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Kenya. Dr. Gilbert is married to Dr. Allison Blow Gilbert, a pediatrician. The Gilbert’s have three daughters: Olivia Copeland, Ella Jane, and Ava Sage.