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Gennifer Benjamin Brooks to Preach and Lead Workshop at Hendrix College

CONWAY, Ark. (December 15, 2021) – The Hendrix College Office of Religious Life welcomes the Rev. Dr. Gennifer Benjamin Brooks of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary to campus to deliver the 2022 Willson Lecture and to lead the 2022 John and Marjem Gill Preaching Workshop.

The Willson Lecture is free and open to the public. Brooks will preach as part of the regular Monday night worship service on the Hendrix campus, held Monday, March 28, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. in Greene Chapel. 

On Tuesday, March 29, 2022, Gill Preaching Workshop participants will gather in the Student Life and Technology Center’s Worsham Hall North:

  • 8:30 to 9 a.m. – registration and check-in
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – workshop sessions

The cost for the workshop is $35 per person, which includes lunch prepared by the award-winning Hendrix Dining Services. To learn more or register, visit by March 17, 2022.

About the Presenter

The Rev. Dr. Gennifer Benjamin Brooks holds the Styberg Chair in Preaching and is the tenured 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.

About the Willson Lectures

The Willson Lectures were established at Hendrix in 1956 for the purpose of bringing outstanding speakers to discuss spiritual values, sound family relations, and vital issues confronting the world today. The Willson Lectures are made possible through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Jim Willson, who have established lectureships at 23 United Methodist colleges nationwide.

About the John and Marjem Gill Preaching Workshop

The John and Marjem Gill Preaching Workshop aims to strengthen the United Methodist Church by enhancing clergy’s ability to proclaim the gospel in ways that are relevant to the needs of our time, and to enhance dialogue and fellowship among clergy colleagues. Since 1984, Hendrix has helped facilitate this annual gathering, providing preachers throughout Arkansas with continuing education and training toward becoming more effective preachers.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit