The Rev. Mark Jefferson, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Homiletics. He joined the faculty in 2016. His areas of interest and research include homiletics and black church studies. Before coming to VTS, he taught Homiletics at Candler School of Theology and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Dr. Jefferson holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Religion focusing on Homiletics from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia where he was a doctoral fellow for the Fund for Theological Exploration (FTE) and the Lilly Foundation. During his doctoral work, he received the W. E. B. Du Bois Noomo Award. He holds a Master of Divinity degree (M. Div.) from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University where he concentrated in Homiletics, completed a certificate in Black Church Studies, and served as President of the Black Student Caucus. He majored in Political Science and concentrated in Public Administration at Norfolk State University (NSU). While at NSU, he served as the President of Pi Sigma Alpha (the political science honor society), earned the Vince Lombardi Most Outstanding Football Athlete Award, and was named a Coca-Cola Academic All-American.
Dr. Jefferson is an emerging scholar interested in the ways that consciousness and imagination inform preaching. His dissertation titled “Beyond the Talented Tenth: W. E. B. Du Bois, the Hip-Hop Emcee, and the Reimagination of African American Homiletics” explores Du Bois’ advocacy of the “Talented Tenth” social imagination amongst African Americans through the lens of Hip-Hop culture and the MC figure.
Dr. Jefferson is an ordained Baptist minister, a well-regarded teacher, and a highly sought-after preacher. He co-facilitated a preaching conference for lay pastors in the Bahamas that was featured in The Nassau Guardian. He was also inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College. He engages social media with posts featured on Urban Cusp and The Root.
VTS is honoring its 200th
anniversary on October 15, 2023. As a contribution to this effort, Dr. Jefferson will preach 200 sermons locally, nationally, and internationally over the next five years leading up to our bicentennial celebration.