Theological Lectureship

Gennifer Brooks, PhD

March 17-18, 2015

Gennifer Brooks



Voices from the Margins: Preaching Justice for a Global World

The prophet calls to those who have claimed a place in the realm of God to speak on behalf of the whole people of God. But the prophet is not alone in the proclamation. The voices of those who have been victimized; who have been given the name “other” and who have been relegated to the sidelines or bullied into submission nevertheless rise to the heavens in an appeal to the God who is creator of all.

Details of Dr. Brooks' sermon and presentations will be added as they are available.

About Dr. Brooks

Gennifer Benjamin Brooks holds the Styberg chair in Preaching and is the tenured Ernest and Bernice Styberg Professor of Homiletics and Director of the Styberg Preaching Institute at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  Dr. Brooks is also the Dean of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) Doctor of Ministry in Preaching program.

She is an ordained elder and full clergy member of the New York Conference of the United Methodist Church, and she has pastored local churches in rural, suburban, urban and cross racial settings. She was Assistant Dean of New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Prior to going into full-time ordained ministry, Dr. Brooks had a successful career in corporate America as a designer and development manager of business computer systems.

Dr. Brooks holds a Bachelor of Business, cum laude, and a Master of Business Administration from Pace University, a Master of Divinity, summa cum laude, and a Doctor of Ministry from New Brunswick Theological Seminary, and a Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy in Liturgical Studies from Drew University. 

She is the author several books and articles, including Unexpected Grace: Preaching Good News from Difficult Texts (Pilgrim Press, 2012), Good News Preaching: Offering the Gospel in Every Sermon (Pilgrim Press, 2009) Praise the Lord, a book of liturgy (CSS. 1996). She is the editor of Black United Methodists Preach! (Abingdon, 2012) that showcases fourteen United Methodist Black Preachers. She has written the lyrics for several songs in Zion Still Sings: For Every Generation (Nashville, Tennessee: Abingdon Press, 2007) and is completing Talking with Our Bible Sisters, 366 daily devotions on the women of the Bible.

Dr. Brooks has held many leadership positions in the New York Conference of The United Methodist Church. She is a respected lecturer, workshop and retreat leader and a trained clergy coach. She is a founding member of Black Clergywomen of the United Methodist Church and a Hosier member of National Black Methodists for Church Renewal.