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The Rev. Ernest Brooks

The Rev. Ernest Brooks is a Baptist minister who served as President of the Academy of Preachers in Atlanta, GA.

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The Rev. Ernest Brooks


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The Reverend Ernest Andrew Brooks III assumed office as President and CEO of the Academy of Preachers, Inc. on July 1, 2017.

An ordained Baptist minister, Ernest previously served as Senior Pastor of the Mount Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church of Williamston, North Carolina and Assistant Dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. At Morehouse, Ernest led programs focused on ethical leadership, interfaith engagement, intercultural education, spiritual development and vocational discernment. A seasoned nonprofit executive, Ernest served as interim Chief Operating Officer of MovementForward, Inc., an organization committed to incubating civil and human rights initiatives that are technologically innovative, radically diverse and solutions-focused. Ernest also served as Special Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer of The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, GA. As a management consultant, Ernest has led client engagements in the areas of mission and vision development, program design and launch, strategic planning, organizational governance and change management.

Ernest currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Interfaith Community Initiatives and the Southern Initiative of the Algebra Project.

Ernest earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in religion from Morehouse College, a Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Duke University Divinity School, and a Master of Arts (MA) with a concentration in religion, ethics and culture from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Additionally, Ernest earned a graduate certificate in higher education administration from The Graham School of Professional Studies at University of Chicago and completed advanced graduate studies in nonprofit and philanthropic management at Duke University's Terry Sanford School of Public Policy.

Ernest lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife Keneta, an academic administrator at Georgia State University.


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The Rev. Ernest Brooks

Ernest Brooks III: Disruptions, Detours, and Discernment

Luke 2:41-52

1st Sunday after Christmas - Year C

December 30, 2018

The Rev. Ernest Brooks (other)


We are presented here a story that is unique among the canonical Gospels, appearing only in the Gospel according to Luke. The introductory verses of the first chapter indicate that the author penned this gospel with the intention of sifting through the many "Jesus stories" circulating in the community that had been passed down from those who identified themselves as "eyewitnesses and servants of the word." The objective was to construct an "orderly account" for the faithful whom he identifies as "friends or lovers of God."

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The Rev. Ernest Brooks

Ernest Brooks: It Takes a Village

Luke 2:25-40

1st Sunday after Christmas - Year B

December 31, 2017

The Rev. Ernest Brooks (other)


The Gospel lesson for this first Sunday of the liturgical season of Christmas draws our attention to two elders of Jesus' village: Simeon and Anna. They are the wise ones, the Griots, the prophets, the sages, the keepers of the gate, the mediums who serve as the connective tissue between the unrealized hopes and dreams of yesterday, the blessings and challenges of today and the promises for a brighter tomorrow. These are the persons who spoke over and into the Jesus' life by recognizing and affirming the life-altering and world changing anointing that gave definition to his very being, even in birth and infancy. They represent the village elders who blessed and affirmed both Mary and Joseph while also preparing them for the unique blessings and challenges that would come with the sacred responsibility of raising the Christ child - the long hoped-for Messiah as described by the prophet Isaiah who would come, not only to restore Israel, but to serve as the savior of the world.

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