Joy J. Moore

Assistant Professor of PreachingSchool of Theology

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BA, National-Louis University
MDiv, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
PhD, London School of Theology/Brunel University

The Rev. Dr. Joy Jittaun Moore joined the faculty at Fuller Theological Seminary in September 2012 as assistant professor of preaching and also serving as associate dean for African American Church Studies from 2012 to 2015. She came from Duke University Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina, where she served as associate dean for Church Relations and associate dean of Black Church Studies. Previously she was assistant professor of preaching, director of Women’s and Ethnic Ministries, and later director of Student Life at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, and was chaplain and director of Church Relations at Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan.

Moore’s research interests focus primarily on understanding the critical issues influencing contemporary culture for community formation. A frequently featured preacher, Bible study leader. and teacher, she is currently conducting research on the impact of various media forms on how we assimilate information and what it does to our religious imagination. Her chapter, ”Preaching: Telling the Story in a Sound-bite Culture,” in Generation Rising: A Future with Hope for the United Methodist Church, edited by Andrew C. Thompson (Abingdon, 2011), calls for preaching that takes seriously the story of Scripture over the moralisms we choose to impose on its stories. Her book Text Messaging: Ancient Stories for a Cyberspace Future is forthcoming with Bristol Books.

An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Moore has pastored congregations in Michigan since 1988. A characteristic of her work has been to provide opportunities for the Christian hope to be explained and practiced so others are welcomed to accept their vocation as representatives of the reconciling love of God—practicing hope, hospitality, and honesty.

Moore is a member of the board of directors for ZOE Ministries, an empowerment program taking a comprehensive approach to transforming the lives of African children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, war, disease, famine, and other causes. She is also on the advisory board of the Duke Center for Reconciliation, founded in 2005, a leading voice in shaping a distinctly Christian vision of reconciliation, with a desire to equip the church for reconciliation, justice, and peacemaking in a divided world.

She became a John Wesley Fellow in 2001 and is a member of the Society for Biblical Literature, the Academy of Homiletics, the American Academy of Religion, and the National Association of United Methodist Evangelists.

Dr. Joy is an avid fan of books by David Baldacci, and, when she is not teaching, enjoys traveling, watching reruns of Babylon 5, and reading. She occasionally blogs at

Courses Taught

  • CO516: Proclamation for a Virtual Reality
  • CO521: Ethnic Identities in the Media
  • PR500: Homiletics
  • PR523: Creative Preaching
  • PR529: Storied Words for a Digital Age

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Community formation, biblical studies, practical theology, homiletics, narrative hermeneutics, and social media


  • “Preaching: Telling the Story in a Sound-bite Culture,” in Andrew Thompson (ed.), Generation Rising, Nashville: Abingdon, 2011.
  • Book Review of David J. Lose, Confessing Jesus Christ: Preaching in a Postmodern World (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003) in Scottish Journal of Theology 60 (2007): 118–20.
  • “Contentious Conversations: Myths in the Homosexuality Debate,” in Newton Mahoney and Maxie Dunnam (eds.), Staying the Course: Supporting the Church’s Position on Homosexuality, pp. 115–21. Nashville: Abingdon, 2003.
  • “People,” in Den Slattery and Gary Wales (eds.), Essential Truths: For Those Who Would Be Faithful, pp. 73–80. Anderson, IN: Bristol Books, 1997.

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