Dr. James H. Evans, Jr., the Founding Pastor of the St. Luke Tabernacle Community Church in Rochester, New York, established in 2000, and St. Luke Tabernacle Community Church of Detroit, Michigan in 2006, is also an 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 Past President and Professor Emeritus of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. 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. Following his tenure there 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, 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 2016 Dr. Evans was consecrated as a Bishop in The Kingdom Council of Interdependent Christian Churches and Ministries by Dr. David C. Copeland, Presiding Prelate. Dr. Evans also serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Education and Publications for the Progressive National Baptist Convention, USA. He is also President Elect of the American Theological Society, one of the oldest academic organizations in the nation.
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 four, Christian James, Jayla Symone, Jayden Valentina, and Josiah Beau.
Rev. Linda Hickmon Evans, Ph.D.
The Reverend Dr. Linda Hickmon Evans is an ordained minister of the American Baptist Churches USA. Rev. Dr. Hickmon Evans served as President, and Senator of the Ministers Council of the Genesee Region of American Baptist Churches, USA. Pastoral appointments include: West Avenue United Methodist Church, Metropolitan United Methodist Church (Buffalo), Asbury First United Methodist Church, and Extension Ministry at Action for a Better Community as Director of Planning & Evaluation.
Currently, Rev. Dr. Hickmon Evans serves as Co-Pastor of St. Luke Tabernacle. In addition to church related appointments, Dr. Hickmon Evans is actively involved in the community, serving on various boards, and volunteers in various capacities. She has served as Faculty Associate at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School; consultant at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Divinity School in Richmond, Virginia; Visiting Professor at the Tamilaudu Seminary in Tamilaudu, India; and is currently a full-time professor at St. John Fisher College. Dr. Hickmon Evans says: I understand my vocation to be that of a bridge-builder, bringing the academy, community, and church together, and am fulfilled in those roles simultaneously.
A native of Mississippi, she attended Jackson State University (B.S. – double major in Special Education/Elementary Education). She earned her M. Div. from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, and a Ph.D. from Claremont School of Theology (California). Her area of concentration is Theology & Personality. She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority. Rev. Dr. Hickmon Evans is married to Bishop James H. Evans, Jr., Ph.D.