Curriculum Vitae

Here are the recent highlights of Jermaine’s cv. To download a full version, click here.


Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Ph.D. Candidate in Religious Studies (emphasis: Ethics and Society)
Concentration in Practical Theology and Religious Practices
Dissertation: “The Canonization of Martin Luther King, Jr. – Collective Memory, Civil Religion, and the Reconstruction of an American Hero”
(prospectus abstract and executive summary)
Expected Completion Date: June 2013

Samuel DeWitt Procter School of Theology at Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA
Masters of Divinity
Graduation Date: May 2006

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Bachelors of Science in Computer Science
Graduation Date: January 2001


Fund for Theological Education (FTE)
2012 Dissertation Fellow

Kathleen Mallory Distinguished Lecturer
“Who Do You Say That I Am?: The National King Memorial and the American Reconstruction of Martin Luther King, Jr.”
Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia (SAU)
March 6, 2012


Adjunct Professor
Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA
Fall 2012 to Present

Managing Editor, Practical Matters Journal
Candler School of Theology and Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Summer 2011 to Present

Coordinator of Teaching Initiative, New Orleans Research Collaborative
Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Fall 2010 to Summer 2011

Exploratory Leader, Youth Theological Initiative
Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, GA
Summer 2011

Exploratory Leader, Youth Hope Builder’s Academy
Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, GA
Summer 2011, 2010, and 2009


Episcopal Divinity School

  • Religion and American Politics (Spring 2013)
    • Public discourse on controversial topics is often infused with religious rhetoric. While religious rhetoric has historically proven to be a powerful resource for garnering public support for one’s political position, not everyone believes that religion has a legitimate role in the public discourse of a pluralistic democracy. This course investigates theories on the proper role of religion in a pluralistic democracy and evaluates religious voices on various topics debated in the public sphere in America.
  • Religion and the American Creed (Fall 2012)
    • This course posits the existence of an “American Creed” as expressed in American founding documents, public declarations by American leaders, inaugural addresses, celebrations, holidays and the like. Students will explore the cultural artifacts pointing towards the existence of an American creed, investigate the creed’s religious legitimation, and discover how various religious communities in America (Christian and non-Christian alike) affirm, challenge, critique, and disavow the creed and/or America’s true commitment to it. These issues will be explored through readings, video, class discussion, socratic questioning, and the like. The American Creed will, thus, serve as a means to uncovering a framework for students to participate in constructive interfaith dialogue.

Candler School of Theology

  • Introduction to Christian Ethics, Associate for Ellen Ott Marshall (Spring 2011)
  • Care for Marginalized Populations, Associate fo Gregory Ellison, II (Fall 2010)
  • Contextualized Leading the Congregation, Assistant to Thomas E. Frank (Spring 2010)
  • Introduction to Christian Ethics, Assistant to Darryl Stephens (Spring 2009)

Thomas Nelson Community College

  • Introduction to Philosophy, Adjunct Instructor (Summer 2006, Fall 2006)


  • Associate Minister for Christian Education, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA, January 2010 to June 2011
  • Hospice Chaplain, Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care, Chantilly, VA, January 2008 to July 2008
  • Associate Minister, First Baptist Church Vienna, Vienna, VA, January 2007 to July 2008
  • Chaplain Resident (3 units Clinical Pastoral Education), Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC, January 2007 to January 2008
  • Associate Minister, Macedonia Baptist Church, Newport News, VA, January 2002 to December 2006
  • Chaplain Intern (1 unit Clinical Pastoral Education), Riverside Regional Medical Center, Newport News, VA, Summer 2006


Journal Articles

  • “The Fourth Time of Trial: Towards an Implicit and Inclusive American Civil Religion” Implicit Religion 16.1 (2013). Peer-reviewed.
  • “Troy Davis Still Matters: A Conversation with the Reverend Raphael G. Warnock”. Practical Matters 5 (2012), link.

Book Reviews

  • Review of Spirit and Trauma: A Theology of Remaining by Shelly Rambo. Practical Matters 5 (2012), link.
  • Review of Ethnography as a Pastoral Practice: An Introduction, by Mary Clark Moschella. Practical Matters 3 (2010), link.

Conference Presentations

  • “President Obama, Historically Black Churches, and Public Discourse about Same-Sex Marriage.” American Academy of Religion 2012 Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • “The National King Memorial and the Erac-ing of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy.” Society for the Scientific Study of Religion 2012 Conference, Phoenix, AZ.
  • “The Fourth Time of Trial – American Civil Religion in the Age of Global Terrorism.” American Academy of Religion 2011 Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • “Day Which Will Live? – The Future of 9/11 as a Significant Date in American Civil Religion.” Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion 2011 Conference, Louisville, KY.