Dr. Jamal-Dominique Hopkins will join Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary as Associate Professor of Christian Scripture in Summer 2022. He has been Dean and Associate Professor of Biblical Languages and Literature at Allen University’s Dickerson-Green Theological Seminary at Allen University, and a Pedagogy Fellow at Yale University's Center for Faith and Culture, where he is part of the Christ and Being Human project focused on revitalizing Christian higher education. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies, and a Sacred Writes Media Partnership Fellow with Faithfully Magazine, where his article “Black Evangelicalism and the Reforming Influence of William H. Bentley,” appears. He also serves as a board member with Firebrand Magazine.
Dr. Hopkins is an ordained minister, having served in both the Church of God in Christ and in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University (Washington, D. C.), a Masters’ degree from Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA), and Ph.D. from the University of Manchester (Manchester, England). As the only known expert of African Descent on the Dead Sea Scrolls, he has been a guest speaker and panelist at events such as the National Leadership Conference of the Church of God in Christ, numerous African Methodist Episcopal Church Annual Conferences, the Western Baptist Convention Education Conference, and Bishop T. D. Jakes’ International Pastors and Leadership Conference.
Hopkins has also lectured and presented research on various topics at institutions such as Princeton Theological Seminary; Yale Divinity School; Boston University; The Catholic University of America; Emory University’s Graduate School of Religion; Oberlin College; the W.E.B. Du Bois Society at Harvard University; the University of Edinburgh (Scotland); Durham University (England); Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) and at the Interdenominational Theological Center, where he served as former Department Chair and Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Languages. He has been featured in the media, including on Atlanta’s WXIA-TV 11-Alive NBC news affiliate, evening news with Brenda Wood, Atlanta’s WAGA-TV Fox5 News with Portia Bruner, and Columbia’s WACH FOX News 57, Good Day Columbia with Fraendy Clervaud.
He has preached the Gospel in the U.K. (Moss Lane Christian Centre in Manchester, England) and throughout the U.S. (in California – West Angeles Church of God in Christ (Los Angeles), Saints Home Church of God in Christ, St. Stephens Cathedral Church of God in Christ (San Diego), Lilly of the Valley Church of God in Christ (Long Beach), Scott United Methodist Church (Pasadena), Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church (Altadena), Neighborhood Church of God; (Pasadena) First African Methodist Episcopal Church (Pasadena); in Arizona – Antioch Church of God in Christ (Peoria); Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church (Memphis); Greater Community Temple Church of God in Christ; (Texas); Smith Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church (Dallas), Bibleway Bible Church, Holy Tabernacle Church of God in Christ (Fort Worth); in Georgia – St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church (Atlanta), Allen Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church, Cathedral of Faith Church of God in Christ, Citadel of Hope Evangelistic Church of God in Christ (South Carolina); Universal Outreach Church of God in Christ (Irmo); Youngs Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Greater Macedonia African Methodist Church (Charleston); in Ohio – Oberlin House of Lord Church (Oberlin)
Dr. Hopkins is a published author. His latest research has focused on the life and political theology of Martin Luther King, Jr., wherein he has lectured at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis TN; the African American Museum in Dallas, TX; Allen University in Columbia, SC; and moderated at several Martin Luther King, Jr. city-wide programs. His article entitled “Preach What You Practice,” appears in the September 2020 issue of Christianity Today as part of the “Race Set Before Us” series. His book, Cultic Spiritualization: Religious Sacrifice in the Dead Sea Scrolls (Gorgias Press) is scheduled to be released April 30, 2022. Following is the link for book purchase (currently in pre-sales with a 20% discount): https://www.gorgiaspress.com/religious-sacrifice-in-the-dead-sea-scrolls
Dr. Jamal Hopkins is the youngest of three sons of Pasadena Journal Publishers, Ruthie, and Joe Hopkins. He serves as an associate editor and contributing writer of the family newspaper, concerning religious issues. The Pasadena/SGV Journal News, located in Pasadena, CA.
He and his wife, Karen, reside in the Columbia, SC area. Hopkins may be followed at www.jamalhopkins.com; on Twitter, and Instagram @phdhopkins.