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Danjuma Gibson

Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care and Counseling


Bachelor of Arts, Morehouse College

Master of Business Administration, DePaul University

Master of Arts in Urban Ministry & Master of Christian Studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Doctor of Philosophy, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary


Danjuma Gibson is a professor of pastoral theology, care and counseling, at Calvin Theological Seminary. He is also in private practice as a psychotherapist in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Prior to joining Calvin Seminary, he was the senior pastor of a church in Chicago for over sixteen years and was also bivocational as a commercial banker during that time. His most recent book—Frederick Douglass, A Psychobiography: Rethinking Subjectivity in the Western Experiment of Democracy (2018)—is an investigation into the formation of Douglass’ psychological and religious identity in the context of trauma and the American slavocracy. In addition to emotional and psychological trauma, Dr. Gibson’s current research includes exploring the intersection of black religious experience and psychoanalytic discourse in a way that is accretive to how we understand personhood, identity formation, and human flourishing. Dr. Gibson earned his Bachelor of Arts from Morehouse College, Master of Business Administration from DePaul University, Master of Arts in Urban Ministry and Master of Christian Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Doctor of Philosophy from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. He received his clinical training from the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago where he earned an Advance Certificate in Psychotherapy and Religion. Dr. Gibson holds memberships in the American Academy of Religion, The Society of Pastoral Theology, and the Society for the Study of Black Religion.

"If you skip the work, you don't heal." "Pastors are people who always stay."

Courses Taught

Cornerstone: Context

Foundations for Pastoral Care

Pastoral Disciplines for Counseling Ministry

Areas of Expertise




Resilience in the Life of Frederick Douglass: An Interview With Danjuma Gibson

Blog and Forum Contributions

Featured Publications

Frederick Douglass, A Psychobiography: Rethinking Subjectivity in the Western Experiment of Democracy (2018)