Faculty Directory

Jennifer W. Davidson

GTU Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs,
John Dillenberger Professor of Theology

Core Doctoral Faculty
At the GTU since

I am a passionate educator with extensive experience teaching in a multicultural setting. I love to empower others as they discover their own voices and come to deeper insights about themselves and their world. I develop dynamic learning environments in face-to-face and online classrooms by employing a liberative and contemplative pedagogy.



Degrees and Certifications

PhD, Graduate Theological Union, 2011
MDiv, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, 2003
BA, Eastern University, 1991

Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning, United Theological Seminary, 2015 

Curriculum Vitae

Research and Teaching Interests
  • Trauma-Informed Pedagogy for the Graduate Theological Classroom
  • Free-Church Worship
  • Communion & Baptism in American Baptist Contexts
  • Contemplative Theology
Selected Publications
  • River of Life, Feast of Grace: Baptism, Communion, and Discipleship. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 2019.
  • “Contemporary Liturgical Resources.” In Sources of Light: Resources for Baptist Churches Practicing Theology. Perspectives on Baptist Identity Series, Edited by Steven R. Harmon and Amy L. Chilton. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2019.
  • “I Hate, I Despise Your Festivals: A Praxis-Oriented Liturgical Spirituality,” in Trouble the Water: A Christian Resource for the Work of Racial Justice, Nurturing Faith, 2017.
  • “Solidarity of #BlackLivesMatter in Trump America: How a Constructive Theology Classroom Can Speak to Our World’s Need for Meaning and Connection,” Review & Expositor, Fall 2017.
  • “Can Religious Ritual Play a Role in Protecting Society’s Sacrificial Victims? René Girard, Violence, and the Unprotected,” Tikkun, December 2015.
  • “Creation’s Groans and Spirit’s Sighs: Cultivating Attentiveness to the Spirit through the Practice of Concerns and Celebrations.” American Baptist Quarterly, Summer 2014.
  • “Remembering Ourselves before God: A Constructive Liturgical Theology of Prayer.” The South African Baptist Journal of Theology, Vol. 18 (Fall 2009)
Courses Taught
  • Women’s Studies in Religion
  • Constructive Theology
  • Pedagogy for Teaching Worship
  • Theology as Living Conversation