About Drew

Drew G. I. Hart is a professor in theology, an author, and an activist with ten years of pastoral experience. His undergraduate work was in biblical studies at Messiah College, he received his Masters of Divinity degree with an urban concentration at Biblical Seminary, and he recently defended his dissertation in the field of theology and ethics at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Currently he is a part-time professor for several PA seminaries and schools but in the Fall of 2016 he begins teaching full-time as an assistant professor in theology at Messiah College.

Drew spent most of his young adult years leading and mentoring black and brown youth as a pastor, working for an inner city after-school program, and working closely with Philadelphia based nonprofits. Today, along with teaching theology, Drew is currently passionate about partnering with community groups and churches to facilitate anti-racism training and seminars, as well as delivering lectures, talks, and sermons.

Regularly speaking at churches, conferences, and colleges, Drew brings together his pastoral experience with his academic training to challenge the Church on a variety of topics. He has been particularly invested in conversations on white supremacy and racism and their entanglements with western Christianity, but Drew also speaks and writes about Christian discipleship, western Christendom, Christian history, liberation and oppression, peacemaking and nonviolent resistance, urban ministry, social media, etc.

Beyond serving in the Church and the academy, Drew is a board member for both Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust and G.O.G.F. Ministries, each serving the greater Philadelphia area. Drew is a participant in Kingdom Builders, a cross-denominational urban Anabaptist gathering of leaders in Philadelphia that encourage and co-labor with one another in seeking shalom for their city. He is also a member and contributor for MennoNerds, a blog and social media collective for Anabaptists.

Drew has a Christian Century hosted blog entitled ‘Taking Jesus Seriously’, while also writing occasionally for The Mennonite as well. His own personal site is http://www.drewgihart.com. He regularly sneaks in tweets with the handle @DruHart and can also be found on Facebook.  He is the author of Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism. Drew and his wife have two young sons and live in Philadelphia.

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13 comments

  1. Tahir RBG · December 25, 2009

    Greetings,
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  2. Barbara O'Brien · January 24, 2011

    Dear Drew,

    My name is Barbara O’Brien and I am a political blogger. Just had a question about your blog and couldn’t find an email—please get back to me as soon as you can (barbaraobrien(at)maacenter.org)

    Thanks,
    Barbara

  3. Phil Wood · March 23, 2012

    Hi Drew, I’ve just discovered your blog this evening. It’s challenging. I see we have a good deal in common. I’m a UK based Anabaptist (member of Wood Green Mennonite Church, London). I taught Liberation Theology before that. I’ve added you to my blogroll, so look forward to keeping in touch. Shalom, Phil Wood

  4. Matt Hunter · March 30, 2013

    Tell Jon Pahl I said Hi!

    • Drew Hart · March 30, 2013

      Will do… I’m taking a class with him this semester!

  5. AO Green · June 7, 2013

    Drew

    You have a e-mail where someone can reach you directly?

  6. Sharon Williams · August 18, 2013

    Drew: Just found your blog from the article on Franconia Conference’s website. Looking forward to reading more of your work. May I have your email address? Would like to share some background info to the Twitter note about the Mennonite and Quaker anti-slavery document.

  7. Mzwandile (Mzi) Nkutha · June 25, 2014

    Hi Drew,
    My name is Mzwandile Nkutha from South Africa. A friend of mine -Andrew Suderman told me about your blog, so I took time to peruse your work, it’s very interesting. Well, to cut a long story short, I am part of the Anabaptist Network in South Africa (ANiSA) and will be starting my M.A studies in the US this fall (2014) at AMBS – Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. The degree is on peace, ethics and theology, one of the things that I would like to explore is what it means to be an Africa Anabaptist, so your term: “Anablackism” is helpful, perhaps I can borrow the notion and use a different nuance “Anafroism”. The merging of liberation and black theology within the framework of Anabaptist tradition is what fascinates me. So, I guess a political Anabaptist theology for Africa is needed.
    Well, the other important thing I wish to convey here is the possibility of connecting with you, perhaps when I am in the US later this year. My email address is: nkuthamzwandile@yahoo.com

  8. hoodie_R (Rod) · June 30, 2014

    Greetings Mzi!,

    Glad to here you are interested in #AnaBlacktivism!! I was also delighted to hear / read about the possibilities of AnAfroism. Sounds great! Drew has been instrumental in changing the conversation between Black theology and Anabaptism.

    I, Rod, have written an AnaBaptist manifesto and if you haven’t already, you can take a look: Anabaptist Theology & Black Power: An #AnaBlacktivist Manifesto #Anablacktivism | Political Jesus
    http://politicaljesus.com/2014/05/23/anabaptist-theology-black-power-an-anablacktivist-manifesto-anablacktivism/#sthash.hZ5mU13x.dpbs

    I would also recommend reading the 20th anniversary edition of James Cone’s A Black Theology of Liberation and specifically at the end, the critical reflection written by Rosemary Reuther, and her reflection on feminism, Black theology, and South Africa. I’d be curious to hear your thoughts.

    If you wanna contact me, email me at politicaljesus@yahoo.com

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