Pastor Jennifer L. Carner is the Executive Pastor of Membership Care at the Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church (The House of Hope) in Atlanta, Georgia. Her primary areas of study include Homiletics, The History of African American Preaching, Theology, Sacred Rhetoric, The History of Black Oratory, African American Rhetorical Theory, and Contemporary and Classical Rhetorical Theory. For her dissertation, Carner is concentrating on a Theo-Rhetorical History of Folk Preaching and Black Oratory with particular focus in the Whooping Tradition and African American Women Rhetors emerging in the mid-eighteenth century through the nineteenth century.
She chose CTS because she believes strongly in the hopes and aims of the PhD program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric, mainly that Black preaching can spark a Christian renaissance and an awareness of “moral imagination” in the world. She believes the instructors, program leadership, and staff are impeccable.
Recent accomplishments include:
- Serving as a Faculty Lecturer at Wayland Baptist Theological Seminary (2021-Present)
- Serving at a Teaching Assistant to Dr. Kimberly Russaw, Professor of Hebrew Bible at CTS (2021-2022)
- Serving as Editor/Instructor/Executive Pastor at The Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church (2017-Present)
- Publishing The Winning Woman’s Devotional (2018) and Jah Talk; A Rhetorical Analysis of the Exodus Song by Bob Marley and the Wailers as Sacred Rhetoric (2020)