Religious Life

Annual John and Marjem Gill Preaching Workshop

Join us March 29, 2022

Location: Hendrix College, Student Life and Technology Center, Worsham Hall 

Cost: $35, includes lunch

Time: 8:30 a.m. - Registration

*Four scholarships are available from each Arkansas Conference district. Talk with your District Superintendent about the scholarships.

Topic: "Preaching Good News in the Midst of a Storm"

About the Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gennifer Brooks

Rev Dr Gennifer Brooks Dr. Gennifer Benjamin Brooks holds the Styberg Chair in Preaching and is the tenure   Ernest and Bernice Styberg Professor of Preaching, director of the Styberg Preaching Institute, and director of the Doctor of Ministry programs at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Brooks is also the dean of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) Doctor of Ministry in Preaching program.  She is an ordained elder and full clergy member of the New York Conference of the United Methodist Church, and has pastored local churches in rural, suburban, urban, and cross-racial settings. She was also Assistant Dean of New Brunswick Theological Seminary for four years. Before going into full-time ordained ministry, Brooks had a successful career in corporate America as a designer and development manager of business computer systems.  Brooks holds a Bachelor of Business, cum laude and a Master of Business Administration from Pace University; a Master of Divinity, summa cum laude and a Doctor of Ministry from New Brunswick Theological Seminary; and a Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy in Liturgical Studies from Drew University.  

She is the author of several books and articles, including Bible Sisters, 365 daily devotions on the women of the Bible (Abingdon, 2017), Unexpected Grace: Preaching Good News from Difficult Texts (Pilgrim Press, 2012), Good News Preaching: Offering the Gospel in Every Sermon (Pilgrim Press, 2009) Praise the Lord, a book of liturgy (CSS. 1996). She is the editor of Black United Methodists Preach! (Abingdon, 2012) that showcases 14 United Methodist Black preachers. Most recently she has been a contributor to several commentaries, including the Commentary for All Saints Day Years A, B and C in Preaching God’s Transforming Justice (Westminster John Knox Press, 2011, 2012, & 2013), The New Interpreter’s Theological Companion to the Lectionary (Abingdon, 2013), and Feasting on the Gospels (Westminster John Knox Press, 2014). She has also contributed to many other publications, including “Preaching” in Oxford Handbook of Methodist Studies (Oxford University Press, 2009) and “The Creation of an Africana Worship Ritual: Baptism in the Shouters of Trinidad” in Companion to The Africana Worship Book (Discipleship Resources, 2008). She has also written the lyrics for several songs in Zion Still Sings: For Every Generation (Abingdon Press, 2007). Most recently she has been a contributor to Preaching Prophetic Care (Dale Andrews Festschrift) (Wipf and Stock, 2018), and is involved as a contributor to the Lectionary commentary Connections developed by Westminster John Knox Press. She is in the process of completing two preaching manuscripts that deal with the subjects of Preaching and the Margins and Preaching and the Holy Spirit. She is also engaged in research focusing on worship rituals of a community that is part of the African diaspora. 

Brooks has lectured and led workshops on the areas of preaching and church administration and has held many leadership positions in the New York Conference of The United Methodist Church. She is a respected lecturer, workshop and retreat leader and a trained clergy coach. She is a founding member of Black Clergywomen of the United Methodist Church and a Hosier member of National Black Methodists for Church Renewal. Under her leadership, Garrett-Evangelical was awarded an original $500,000 grant and a follow-up sustainability grant of $250,000 by the Lilly Foundation to improve preaching in the church and the teaching of preaching in the seminary. 

Register to Attend

Online Registration is available here, fees do apply. 

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Checks can be mailed to:

Hendrix College
Attn: Chaplain's office
1600 Washington Ave.
Conway, AR  72032 

For more information contact:

Lori Mulhearn           
Assistant to the Chaplain 
Hendrix College 
1600 Washington Ave. 
Conway, Arkansas 72032 
501-450-1263 
mulhearn@hendrix.edu