2021 Keynote

The Rev. Dr. Joy J. Moore

The Rev. Dr. Joy J. Moore will provide the keynote address during Plenary Session 2 at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 14. Joy J. Moore, PhD. (Brunel University/London School of Theology), serves a Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Academic Dean, and Professor of Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary.


An ordained elder in the Michigan Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, she has focused on cross-racial ministry in urban, rural, and suburban congregations. Dr. Joy is an “Ecclesial Storyteller” seeking to encourage theologically framed, biblically attentive, and socially compelling interpretations of Christian Scripture in order to understand the critical issues influencing community formation in contemporary culture (all that means is she tells community-forming stories from the Bible as a follower of Christ!).


Her last parish, an African American congregation, served as a Help Center in Flint, Mich., during the water crisis. As a pastor, she has called local congregations to recognize their vocation of glorifying God as a peaceable community — practicing hope, hospitality, and honesty.


Prior to coming to Luther Seminary, she was Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University. Dr. Joy established the William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., and served as Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning at Duke Divinity School at Duke University.


Professor Moore is currently President of the Wesleyan Theological Society. When not teaching, she enjoys traveling, watching episodes of NCIS, and reading. She is one of the hosts of the “Sermon Brainwave” podcast, available on Apple Podcasts, YouTube, iHeartRadio, and other podcast providers.