Professor of Pastoral Care

Danjuma Gibson


Danjuma Gibson is a professor of pastoral care 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.

Courses Taught

  • Foundations for Pastoral Care
  • Pastoral Disciplines for Counseling Ministry

By Danjuma Gibson

  • Resound Episode #16

    Danjuma Gibson on Frederick Douglass, Oppression, and Hope

    Frederick Douglass escaped slavery to become one of the most important authors of the 19th

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  • Danjuma Gibson on The Case For Love --

    Love is at the heart of the Ten Commandments and the gospel. How does God’s love call us to take risks, and to overcome fear? In his address...

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  • Christian Triumphalism: The Antithesis to Trauma Recovery

    By Danjuma Gibson Occasionally, I will suggest to my students that Scripture puts forth two provocative questions that each of us are force...

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About Danjuma Gibson

  • New Doctor of Ministry Program Focused on Diversity, Ministry Questions

    Calvin Seminary announces new Doctor of Ministry program, slated to start in the Spring of 2020.

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