Joy J. Moore Named Associate Dean of African American Church Studies
Dr. Moore comes to Fuller from Duke Divinity School
Dr. Joy J. Moore
Dr. Joy Jittaun Moore has been named Associate Dean of African American Church Studies and Assistant Professor of Preaching at Fuller.
Dr. Moore comes to Fuller after four years at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina, where she has served as Associate Dean for Black Church Studies and Church Relations and teaches in the area of homiletics and the practice of ministry.
She was previously Assistant Professor of Preaching at Asbury Theological Seminary and chaplain and director of Church Relations at Adrian College, and has held pastorates in the United Methodist Church. Her research focuses on understanding the critical issues influencing contemporary culture for community formation.
“We are so pleased to welcome Dr. Moore to this key role at Fuller Seminary,” said Howard Loewen, dean of Fuller’s School of Theology. “The excellence in scholarship and leadership she brings will be a wonderful asset in our work of equipping and serving the African American church and community.”
Moore authored the chapter "Preaching: Telling the Story in a Sound-bite Culture" in the book Generation Rising, edited by Andrew Thompson; and her book Text Messaging: Ancient Stories for a Cyberspace Future is forthcoming with Bristol Books. She also contributed to the books Essential Truths and Unity, Liberty, and Charity.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Moore's desire to teach led her to earn a BA in Education and Mathematics from National Louis University in Evanston, Illinois; a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Seminary, also in Evanston; and a PhD in practical theology from London School of Theology/Brunel University, London, England.
An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Moore has pastored churches in Michigan since 1988, focusing on cross-racial ministry in urban, rural, and suburban congregations. As a pastor, she has called local congregations to recognize their vocation of glorifying God as a peaceable community—practicing hope, hospitality, and honesty. She has also served the United Methodist denomination at the general, jurisdictional, and annual conference level and has reviewed books for the United Methodist Publishing House, Abingdon Press, Baylor Press, and Moody Publishers.
The African American Church Studies Program at Fuller is designed to equip men and women to be scholars and church practitioners in the African American culture. The program, which offers courses toward the MDiv and MA in Theology degrees, is open to all men and women with a passion to learn and work with the African American church community.