The Rev. Melanie Jones Crump Visiting Professor and Black Religious Scholars Group Scholar-in-Residence

The Rev. Melanie Jones is a womanist ethicist, millennial preacher, and intellectual activist. As an emergent scholar in theological education advocating for social transformation in the church, classroom, and global community, Jones was quickly recruited to serve on the BRSG executive board. In her role as the BRSG director of social media and public outreach, she has poised herself as a leading millennial voice with a global public platform teaching in lecture halls and preaching in pulpits across the globe and traveling to cities in North America, Australia, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Ghana, New Zealand, and the United Arab Emirates. Her extensive teaching experience ranges from undergraduate teaching to graduate and seminary teaching in both face-to-face and online courses in humanities, theology, ethics, gender/sexuality studies and writing.

Melanie Jones is the co-curator of the #MillennialWomanism editorial forum, hosted on the recently launched Black Theology Project site. Her writings and sermons are accessible to scholars, students, and general society, as they are featured widely in popular digital and print publications, including The Feminist Wire, Chicago Theological Seminary's Challenge & Response magazine, The Forum for Theological Exploration Blog, Alpha Kappa Alpha's Ivy Leaf magazine, Sunday School Publishing Board – National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Urban Ministries, the Incorporated Urban Faith App, and ROHO. She is a third-generation Baptist preacher and the youngest ordained clergywoman at South Suburban Missionary Baptist Church in Harvey, Illinois, where she serves as associate minister and leads the women’s ministry. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from Howard University and a Master of Divinity, with a certificate in Black church studies from Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Currently, she is a Doctor of Philosophy candidate at Chicago Theological Seminary, and she was recently named a 2017–2018 doctoral dissertation fellow by the Louisville Institute.

BA, Howard University
MDiv, Vanderbilt University