2022 Theology & Mission Lectures: Willie Jennings

Join Reverend Dr. Willie Jennings at the historic New Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church in Chicago as he delivers the 2022 Brady Theology & Mission Lectures.

Dr. Jennings will be joined by Northern faculty and panelist as we explore new contours of theology for the church on mission. These lectures are integrated with our Master’s in Theology & Mission Program and our Doctorate in Contextual Theology. Both program embody Northern’s vision to train the church with a culturally engaged orthodoxy.

The general public is invited to attend. Registration is required for all in-person attendees.


June 9th ||| 7:00pm-8:30pm: Lecture 1 

June 10th ||| 8:00am-9:00am: Breakfast with Dr. Jennings & Faculty Panel  

June 10th ||| 10:00am-Noon: Lecture 2

In Person & Livestream Registration

Registration is required to attend in person to ensure social distancing. For Livestream option register below to receive Zoom link. 




4301 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago IL 60624

Parking is available on Kildare Ave, across the street (east) of the church.

The New Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church is the congregation of Northern professor Dr. Marshall Hatch. New Mount Pilgrim boasts stained glass windows that depicts the struggle, resilience, and divine deliverance of the African American church. Their work extends beyond the sanctuary.. The MAAFA Redemption Project recruits at-risk emerging adult men from the area to invest in them with housing, employment, educational opportunities, and evidence-based wrap-around social services.


Rev Dr. Willie Jennings is currently Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale University Divinity School.

Dr. Jennings was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dr. Jennings received his B.A. in Religion and Theological Studies from Calvin College (1984), his M.Div. (Master of Divinity degree) from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena California, and his Ph.D. degree from Duke University. Dr. Jennings who is a systematic theologian teaches in the areas of theology, black church and Africana studies, as well as post-colonial and race theory. Dr. Jennings is the author of The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race published by Yale University Press.

It is one of the most important books in theology written in the last 25 years and is now a standard text read in colleges, seminaries, and universities.  Dr. Jennings is also the recipient of the 2015 Grawemeyer Award in Religion for his groundbreaking work on race and Christianity. Dr. Jennings recently authored commentary on the Book of Acts has won the Reference Book of the Year Award, from The Academy of Parish Clergy and now Dr. Jennings is hard at work on a book on the doctrine of creation, tentatively entitled, “Reframing the World.”

In addition to being a frequent lecturer at colleges, universities, and seminaries, Dr. Jennings is also a regular workshop leader at pastor conferences. He is also a consultant for the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, and for the Association of Theological Schools.

He served along with his wife, the Reverend Joanne L. Browne Jennings as associate ministers at the Mount Level Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina, and for many years, they served together as interim pastors for several Presbyterian and Baptist churches in North Carolina. They are the parents of two wonderful daughters, Njeri and Safiya Jennings.


Dr. Drew G. I. Hart is a professor in theology, an author, and an activist with ten years of pastoral experience. His undergraduate work was in biblical studies at Messiah College, he received his Masters of Divinity degree with an urban concentration at Biblical Seminary, and he earned a PhD in the field of theology and ethics at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.






Rev. Dr. Marshall Elijah Hatch, Sr. has been the Senior Pastor of the New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church of West Garfield since 1993. Born March 11, 1958 in Chicago , Illinois , his spiritual development began in the Shiloh Baptist Church under the pastorate of his father, the late Reverend Elijah J. Hatch. In 1985 he was ordained and appointed as the Pastor of Commonwealth Baptist Church of North Lawndale. In the Summer of 1998, he was awarded the Charles E. Merrill Fellowship of Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge , Massachusetts . This highly coveted fellowship in residence was shared with three other distinguished scholars in the practice of ministry in the Spring of 1999. In August of 2000, he was appointed Adjunct Professor on the faculty of McCormick Theological Seminary. In 2010, he was appointed Adjunct Professor of Northern Seminary and in 2020 he moved into the Associate Professor of Ministry position.

Dr. Beth Felker Jones, who earned her doctorate at Duke University, teaches theology at the seminary. She is the author of books including Faithful: A Theology of Sex, Practicing Christian Doctrine: An Introduction to Thinking and Living Theologically, God the Spirit: Introducing Pneumatology in Wesleyan and Ecumenical Perspective, and The Marks of His Wounds: Resurrection Doctrine and Gender Politics.






Dr. David Fitch is B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary Chicago, IL. He is also the founding pastor of Life on the Vine Christian Community, a missional church in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. He coaches a network of church plants in the C&MA linked to Life on the Vine. He writes on the issues the local church must face in Mission including cultural engagement, leadership and theology and has lectured and presented on these topics at many seminaries, graduate schools, denominational gatherings and conferences.


The Brady Lectures are named after William W. Brady of Elign, Illinois. William Brady served on the board of Northern Seminary for over 25 years and was elected to several key positions. Brady was active in the community and received numerous awarded from Elgin civic and charitable organizations. He was a member of the faculty at Northwestern University School of Law. In addition to his distinguished law career and community service, he was a member and leader at First Baptist Church in Elign, Illinois.

Previous notable speakers have included Stanley Hauerwas, Reggie Williams, Soong-Chan Rah, Fleming Rutledge, Michael Gorman, Stanley Grenz, and Richard Mouw.

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