As the son and grandson of Baptist preachers Kenyatta Gilbert knew he would charter his own distinct course and find his vocational home in a courtroom practicing law one day. As it turns out, he did walk in their footsteps—but not without his own unique voice.

When Kenyatta found himself at Princeton Theological Seminary having accepted his “call” to ministry, he assumed his next role would be one of pastor. But within those hallowed halls he also discovered a second love—teaching. After completing his Ph.D. in Homiletics (the study of preaching), Kenyatta found a way to pursue both passions. This year marks Kenyatta’s 10th year of teaching preaching at Howard University School of Divinity. Few things bring greater joy than helping his students find their unique and authentic preaching voice.

His love of preaching, teaching, and researching have provided fuel for his first book The Journey and Promise of African American Preaching (Fortress). Kenyatta is founder of The Preaching Project and research collaborator for Equipping the Saints His second book A Pursued Justice: Black Preaching from the Great Migration to Civil Rights (Baylor) will be released August 1, 2016.  His third publication, Exodus Preaching: Promising Practices of Prophetic Voices in the Age of Hip Hop (Abingdon), is in progress.

Kenyatta is married to Dr. Allison Blow Gilbert, a pediatrician. The Gilberts have three daughters: Olivia Copeland, Ella Jane, and Ava Sage.


“Self-discovery is the fruit of a faithful preaching life.”