Joy J. Moore

Assistant Professor of Preaching and Academic Liaison to the William E. Pannell CenterSchool of Theology

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

Joy Moore came to Fuller Theological Seminary in 2012 providing the vision to establish the William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies after four years at Duke University Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina, where she had served as associate dean for Black Church Studies and Church Relations and visiting professor of preaching. Upon launching the Pannell Center in January 2015, she stepped out of the role of associate dean to return to research the impact of various media forms on how we assimilate information and what it does to our religious imagination. She seeks to encourage theologically framed, biblically attentive, and socially compelling interpretations of familiar passages in order to understand the critical issues influencing community formation in contemporary culture (all of which means that she tells stories with a theological twist!)

Her chapter in Andrew C. Thompson’s Generation Rising: A Future with Hope for the United Methodist Church (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2011), calls for preaching that takes seriously the story of Scripture over the moralisms we choose to impose on its stories. She also contributed to the books Essential Truths and Unity, Liberty, and Charity and has written for Sojourners magazine, Christian Century,, and Good News magazine. She is currently working on a book in the Wesleyan Doctrine Series published by Cascade Press.

An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Moore has focused 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.

Moore serves on the board of directors for ZOE Ministries, an empowerment program that provides a comprehensive approach to transforming the lives of African children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, war, disease, famine, and other causes. She became a John Wesley Fellow in 2001, and is a member of the Wesleyan Theology Society, Society for Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, and Academy of Homiletics, where she is chair of the Worship and Preaching Section. She also is a participant in the Theological Engagement with California Culture (TECC) Project.

Moore is an avid fan of books by David Baldacci and John Hart, and, when she is not teaching, enjoys traveling, watching reruns of Babylon 5, and reading. Currently, she is reading the works of Octavia E. Butler and rereading the works of John Wesley. Eventually, she intends to blog at

Courses Taught

  • CO516: Proclamation for a Virtual Reality
  • CO521: Ethnic Identities in the Media
  • PR500: Homiletics
  • PR502: Preaching in the African American Tradition
  • PR511: Preaching Practicum
  • PR523: Creative Preaching
  • PR529: Storied Words for a Digital Age

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Community formation, African American Church, congregational ministry, biblical preaching, homiletic theology, narrative hermeneutics, and Wesleyan theology


  • Chapter on William Seymore in A Legacy of Preaching: A Historical and Theological Introduction. Kevin King, Benjamin K. Forrest, Bill Curtis, and Dwane Millioni, editors. (Lynchburg, VA: Liberty University Press) (under contract, submitted Fall 2011).
  • “A Cultural Decline Beyond our Capacity to Handle” article on Race Relations for United Methodist Rethink Church, February 2015.
  • Guest editor, Fuller Magazine (Issue 4) Reconciling Race, Fall 2015.
  • “A Time to Forgive: article for Good News Magazine, August 2015
  • “Social Media and the Church: Communication among the Masses” Catalyst (For United Methodist seminarians) April 22, 2015 (
  • “Preaching: Telling the Story in a Sound-bite Culture,” 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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Dr. Moore's CV

Awards: Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary’s Center for the Black Experience (CBE) 45 Outstanding Alums, 2016.

New Memberships: Chair: AAR Christian Theological Research Fellowship (2017)

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