The Reverend Ernest Andrew Brooks III currently serves as Assistant Dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College. In this role, he facilitates student religious life activities including advising student religious organizations, providing spiritual guidance to the campus community and coordinating weekly worship services in the King Chapel. Additionally, Ernest serves as project director of The WorldHouse Initiative Realized, a campus-wide program for the theological exploration of vocation funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., and as co-principal investigator for a research project funded by the Fetzer Institute to develop a model curriculum addressing issues of love, forgiveness and spirituality in African-American male identity. With a keen interest in interfaith and intercultural studies, Ernest has led students on cross-cultural pilgrimages to Spain, Morocco and Japan.
Active in many public organizations, Ernest has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Rural School and Community Trust, a national education policy and capacity building program, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern Initiative of the Algebra Project and The Academy of Preachers. Ernest’s publications include sermons in the edited volumes Waking to the Holy (Chalice Press, 2011) and A Beautiful Thing (Chalice Press, 2012), a cultural resource unit for the African-American Lectionary and several opinion pieces for online news magazines.
Ernest’s academic preparation includes earning a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) from Morehouse College, a Master of Divinity degree (MDiv) from Duke University Divinity School and advanced graduate studies in nonprofit and philanthropic management at Duke University’s Terry Sanford School of Public Policy. Prior to his present appointment at Morehouse, Ernest served as Senior Pastor of the Mt. Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church of Williamston, NC. Ernest is married to Mrs. Keneta Wright Brooks, an administrator at Georgia State University in Atlanta.
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