A passionate educator with extensive experience teaching adult learners in intercultural settings, Dr. Jennifer W. Davidson loves to empower others as they discover their own voices and come to deeper insights about themselves and the world in light of God’s grace. Jennifer brings a deep and abiding interest in lived spirituality, seeking to cultivate attentiveness to the presence of the sacred in everyday life. As a retreat leader and a teacher, Jennifer facilitates interactive, creative, and dynamic experiences that make learning enjoyable and transformative.
Jennifer is Professor of Theology and Worship at American Baptist Seminary of the West and a member of the Core Doctoral Faculty at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, where she has taught for over thirteen years. She also chaired the Women’s Studies in Religion academic certificate program at the GTU for numerous years, mentoring women and creating programming in a richly diverse, interreligious setting. Jennifer previously chaired the Theologians Commission for American Baptist Churches from 2011-2016, planning vibrant conferences for American Baptist theologians in conjunction with the denomination’s biannual Mission Summits. She earned her PhD (Liturgical Studies with an expertise in Systematic and Philosophical Theology) from the Graduate Theological Union, an MDiv from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (now United Lutheran Seminary), and a BA in English and Secondary Education from Eastern University.
Jennifer is the author of the book River of Life, Feast of Grace: Baptism, Communion, and Discipleship (Judson Press, 2019). She has published numerous articles and chapters that focus on prayer, spirituality, solidarity, and alternative worship experiences. She is presently working on several projects, including publishing poetic reinterpretations of the Psalms to revive our prayer experiences; developing a trauma-informed approach to teaching in the graduate theological classroom; and writing her next book on creating a rule of life to help others live out their spirituality in everyday experiences.