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Jay Augustine

Instructor, Special Programs
Divinity School


Jonathan C. Augustine (a/k/a Jay Augustine) is a reconciliation scholar, author and professor. He serves as a missional strategist with the Duke Center for Reconciliation and as a consulting faculty member at Duke Divinity School. Jay's most recent books are When Prophets Preach: Leadership and the Politics of the Pulpit (Fortress Press, 2023) and Called to Reconciliation: How the Church Can Model Justice, Diversity and Inclusion (Baker Academic, 2022).

Jay's interdisciplinary perspectives on subjects including immigration, creation care, and voting rights also appear in scholarly journals, including the Connecticut Public Interest Law Law Journal, Loyola Law Review, Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, Louisiana Law Review, and the Howard Law Journal.

Jay earned a BA from Howard University, along with an active duty commission as a US Army infantry officer. Following decorated military service, he earned his JD from Tulane University and served as a law clerk to then-Associate Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson at the Louisiana Supreme Court. After accepting the call to ordained ministry, Jay earned his MDiv, from United Theological Seminary, and completed a fellowship at Princeton Theological Seminary before later earning his DMin at Duke University.     

Jay serves as the senior pastor of Durham's St. Joseph AME Church and as an elected member of his denomination's Judicial Council (Supreme Court).

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Instructor, Special Programs Divinity School