Dr. Johnny B. Hill

Dr. Johnny Bernard Hill is a scholar in the field of Philosophy, Religion, Theology, and African American Studies.


Author of the new book, Prophetic Rage: A Postcolonial Theology of Liberation (Eerdmans Publishers, 2013) and The First Black President: Barack Obama, Race, Politics, and the American Dream (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), Dr. Hill is a passionate advocate for justice, reconciliation, peace and human rights in America and abroad. Dr. Hill currently serves as Department Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He recently held the position as Special Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar In Residence and Dean of The Baptist School of Theology at The Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Hill was raised on the edge of an old plantation in the back roads of southeast Georgia, son of a sanitation worker and mother who nursed the sick and dying of the city’s rest home. Brother of seven sisters and a large extended family, Dr. Hill was nurtured in a culture of love and community, even amid the great struggles of poverty and racial hostility in the post-civil rights south. After finishing school and Military tour, he enrolled at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.

At Morehouse, Dr. Hill experienced his call to ministry and scholarship, majoring in Sociology. He later completed theological studies at Duke University Divinity School (Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees) before moving to Evanston, Illinois to pursue the PhD in Philosophical Theology at Garrett Seminary on the campus of Northwestern University. During his PhD studies, Dr. Hill became active in community development, gang prevention, immigration reform, reconciliation, and working for economic justice in Chicago.

Dr. Hill was Associate Professor of Theology at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and earlier he served as Director of African American Student Affairs at Northwestern University. He also formerly held positions as President of the Foundation for Reconciliation and Dialogue and Senior Pastor of the historic Greater Good Hope Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He held appointments as Visiting Scholar and Theologian-In-Residence at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College in 2010. Dr. Hill is also author of The Theology of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Desmond Mpilo Tutu, and Multidimensional Ministry to Today's Black Family. He has written numerous articles and essays and presented at colleges, seminaries and universities across the nation, including Princeton University, the University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University, McCormick Theological Seminary, Bellarmine University, and Mercer University.

He is Founder and President of The World House, a non-profit interfaith coalition of faith leaders from diverse religious and cultural traditions working together to continue Dr. King’s dream of racial and economic justice. His rallying cry has been quite simply, “Now is the time, and now is our time to realize the change that we seek!”

He is also the proud father of two wonderful children, his daughter (Regan) and son (Jonathan).

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PhD Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, at Northwestern University

MDiv Duke Divinity School, Duke University

ThM Duke Divinity School, Duke University

BA Morehouse College

Research Interests

  • Liberation Theology
  • Social Justice
  • Race and Reconciliation
  • Religion and Civil/Human Rights

Recent Publications

Religio-Political Narratives: From Martin Luther King Jr. to Jeremiah Wright (New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

Prophetic Rage: A Postcolonial Theology of Liberation (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Publishing, 2013).

The First Black President: Barack Obama, Race, Politics, and the American Dream (New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

The Theology of Martin Luther King Jr. and Desmond Mpilo Tutu (New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

Multidimensional Ministry to Today's Black Family (Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 2007).

Recent Presentations

"Children of the Enslaved," Presented at the Transatlantic Roundtable on Race and Religion, Trinidad and Tobago, August 3, 2016.

Dr. Johnny B. Hill
Dr. Johnny B. Hill
Associate Professor of Religion; Chair of Department of Humanities
  • School of Humanities & Social Sciences
Chapel, ST-24