In this episode of Truth’s Table, Ekemini and Christina are joined by Rev. Dr. Neichelle Guidry and Dr. Kenyatta Gilbert to discuss preaching in the Black church. The art of Black preaching and the interior life of the preacher are discussed in this episode. Pull up a chair and have a seat at the table with us!
Learn more about our guests:
Rev. Dr. Neichelle R. Guidry currently serves as the Dean of the Chapel and the Director of the WISDOM Center at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a spiritual daughter of New Creation Christian Fellowship of San Antonio, Texas, where the Bishop David Michael Copeland and the Rev. Dr. Claudette Anderson Copeland are her pastors and where she was ordained to ministry in 2010. She is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University (2007, BA, Lambda Pi Eta) and Yale Divinity
School (2010, M.Div.), where she was the 2010 recipient of the Walcott Prize for Clear and Effective Public and Pulpit Speaking, and the 2019 recipient of the William Sloane Coffee Alumni Award for Peace and Justice. She is also a graduate of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (2017), where she
completed her Doctor of Philosophy in the area of Liturgical Studies with a concentration in Homiletics. Her dissertation is entitled, "Towards a Womanist Homiletical Theology for Subverting Rape Culture." She is a 2020 intitiate into the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College, and the Founder of Black Girl Black Coffee, a specialty coffee
company that centralizes the voices and stories of Black women. She is the creator of shepreaches, a virtual community and professional development
organization that aspires to uplift African-American millennial women in ministry through theological reflection, fellowship, and liturgical curation. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
The Rev. Dr. Kenyatta R. Gilbert — professor of homiletics at Howard University School of Divinity — is a nationally recognized expert on African American preaching. A prolific writer and oft-featured expert on Black preaching, civil rights, and social justice, Dr. Gilbert has authored countless sermons and classroom lectures, as well as four books: Exodus Preaching: Crafting Sermons about Justice and Hope; A Pursued Justice: Black Preaching from the Great Migration to Civil Rights; The Journey and Promise of African American Preaching; and Just Living: Meditations for Engaging our Life and Times. His writing has also been featured by such outlets as PBS NewsHour, Sojourners, Word & Way, and The Conversation.
In 2011, he launched The Preaching Project, a ministry aimed at equipping ministers to better serve African American churches and communities. Dr. Gilbert is married to Dr. Allison Blow Gilbert, a pediatric physician. The Gilberts have three daughters, Olivia (18), Ella (15), and Ava (12).
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