Dr. James H. Evans

Dr. James H. Evans, Jr., President of Colgate Rochester Divinity School/Bexley Hall/Crozer Theological Seminary from 1990 to 2000, is a pastor, educator, and scholar. Son of a Baptist minister, Dr. Evans is a native of Detroit, Michigan, and a graduate of the Cranbrook School and the University of Michigan. He is currently the Robert K. Davies Professor of Systematic Theology at the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and Founding Pastor of the St. Luke Tabernacle Community Church in Rochester, New York. Dr. Evans also teaches at St. John Fisher College in the Executive Leadership Program.Following college, he received a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University Divinity School and completed his Doctorate at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. In the city, he served as associate pastor of the Chambers Memorial Baptist Church. In 1979 he was appointed to the position of Instructor of Theology and Black Church Studies at Colgate Rochester Divinity Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, New York.A year later, he accepted the position as a full-time professor at the Divinity School. He was named Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies, and in 1989 was made Dean of the Program of Black Church Studies. In August of 1990 he became President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. He holds an honorary doctorate from Colgate University. In 2015 Dr. Evans was appointed Bishop Designate in The Kingdom Council of Interdependent Christian Churches and Ministries by Dr. David C. Copeland, Presiding Prelate.Dr. Evans is the author of numerous articles and five books: Playing, Fortress Press; We Shall All Be Changed: Social Problems and Theological Renewal; We Have Been Believers: An African American Systematic Theology; Black Theology: A Critical Assessment and Annotated Bibliography; and Spiritual Empowerment in Afro-American Literature. He is the co-editor of Modern Christian Thought, Volume II, Second Edition. He is also the author of an acclaimed play “Swamp Angel” (2011). He is the author of two forthcoming volumes: The Ambivalent Gospel of Motown: Religion, Music and Cultural Politics in Detroit: 1959-1971, and Going Home: Back to Africa Motifs in African-American Literature.Dr. Evans is married to Dr. Linda Hickmon Evans, and the father of three children: James, Jamila, and Jumaane, and the grandfather of three, Christian James, Jayla Symone and Jayden Valentina.