Professor, theologian, author, and one of the founding developers of womanist theology, Dr. Grant is currently the Callaway Professor of Systematic Theology at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. Jacquelyn Grant is an author, theology professor, and minister. She has earned a Ph.D. in systematic theology and was nominated Woman of the Year by the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority. Grant has written the notable White Women’s Christ and Black Women’s Jesus: Feminist Christology and Womanist Response. Through her Black Women in Ministerial Leadership Program, Grant continues to serve as director and professor mentoring numerous Black women.
Grant was born December 19, 1948 in Georgetown, South Carolina. She always had an interest in religion, attending Catholic school at a young age, and graduating from the local Howard High School in 1966. A graduate of Bennett College and Turner Theological Seminary, she became the first black woman to earn a doctoral degree in systematic theology at Union Theological Seminary. There she created the thesis The development and limitations of feminist Christology : toward an engagement of white women’s and black women’s religious experiences [under the tutelage of James Hal Cone, who is known as the father of Black Theology. In 1977, Grant became involved with Harvard Divinity School’s Women’s Research Program and with her involvement, it led to the creation of the Women’s Studies in Religion Program in which she remained for two years.
In 1981, she founded the Center for Black Women in Church and Society at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta in 1981, where she holds the title of Professor. She has been assistant minister at Flipper Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church from 1980 to 1982,and later the Victory African Methodist Episcopal Church in Atlanta. She is now the Callaway Professor of Systematic Theology at the Interdenominational Theological Union in Atlanta. She is widowed to Reverend John Collier Jr., and now resides in Atlanta.
- White Women’s Christ and Black Women’s Jesus: Feminist Christology and Womanist Response (Atlanta, Ga.: Scholars Press, 1989. American Academy of Religion academy series).
- (co-ed. with Randall C. Bailey) The Recovery of Black Presence: An Interdisciplinary Exploration : Essays in Honor of Dr. Charles B. Copher. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1995.
- Perspectives on Womanist Theology. Atlanta: ITC Press, 1995.
- “Black women and the church” in Hull, Gloria T., Patricia Bell-Scott, and Barbara Smith (eds), All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, but Some of Us Are Brave: Black Women’s Studies. Old Westbury, N.Y.: Feminist Press, 1982.
- “The challenge of the darker sister” in Soskice, Janet Martin, and Diana Lipton. Feminism and Theology. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.