Janetta Cravens Boyd

Janetta Cravens Boyd


2001 - 2002

Master of Arts

University of Geneva and the Bossey Ecumenical Institute

Dissertation Topic:  “The Rest of Creation:  An Ecofeminist Theology of the Sabbath for a Creation in Crisis,” June 2002

1999 - 2001

Master of Divinity

Vanderbilt University - Divinity School
1992 - 1997

Bachelors of Music Education

magna cum laude

Work History

Work History
2004 - 2008

Senior Pastor

First Christian Church

Provided spiritual, pastoral, and administrative leadership to an established congregation. Creatively engage lay leadership in mission to local community. Lead fundraising efforts, stewardship campaigns, and grant-writing. Effectively dealt with conflict that comes from enacting change. Doubled size of congregation through effective evangelism and education programs.

Organized first interfaith and interracial clergy association to begin a city- wide community organizing initiative to help Macon, Georgia address social injustices that are the byproduct of racism, brought in Industrial Areas Foundation to help with organizing.

Started new ministries to engage church in service to wider community that included a city-wide recycling program, an organic community garden, and a children’s music program.

2005 - 2007

Adjunct Professor

Course: Religion 1110 History of Western Religious ThoughtCourse: Religion 1111 World Religions

2002 - 2004

Minister in Residience

Central Christian Church

Awarded participation in the Pastoral Residency Program funded by the Lilly Endowment that prepares clergy for effective, faithful leadership in congregations.

2000 - 2001

Minister of Health and Wholeness

Edgehill United Methodist Church

Provided hospitality for homeless populations through the Luke 14:12 program, tutored under-served children in after school program, and helped congregation move towards greater expressions of diversity and inclusion in its ministries.

2000 - 2001

Associate Dean for Fundraising and Development

Disciples Divinity House - Vanderbilt

Established relationships with new donors, maintained relationships with churches in the area, and started donor program for existing residents.

Created system for tracking donor giving, improved database.

1996 - 1999

Associate Director for Church Relations

Organized CYF weekend retreat experiences for high school students from an eight-state area.

Worked with alumni office and chaplain to recruit new students, and developed programs with to sustain DOC students on campus.

Represented the university in congregations, assemblies, and met with existing and potential donors.

Related Professional Experience

Nominated and selected into ADPTD, an established group of Disciples of Christ Theologians, meets annually in Chicago, 2007-present

Chalice Press Professional Women Advisory Group, member, 2007-present

20 hours grant-writing training, 2007

40 hours Stephen Ministry training and certification, 2005

Member in Christian-Muslim dialogue group, Lexington, KY 2002-2004

Co-President for the Office of Women’s Concerns, Vanderbilt Divinity School, 2000-2001

President of Student Council, Vanderbilt Divinity School, 2000-2001


Guest LecturerMercer University, Macon, GACourse: History of Christianity in America, Spring 2005Course: Religious Perspectives in Modern Faith, Fall 2006Course: History of Christianity in America, Spring 2007Course: Marketing and Research, MBA Program, Spring 2007

“Mission In the Context of Globalization,” a paper and report, delivered at the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) convention, Accra, Ghana, 2004

Conducted multiple presentations and facilitated discussions on “Ecotheology and Social Justice” at the Young Adult Pre-Assembly for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Charlotte, NC, 2003


Ordination, Central Christian Church, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, May 13, 2001, Tennessee Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)


Frequent “From the Pulpit” columnist for “The Telegraph,” middle Georgia’s Newspaper (selected):“Take Time Out,” From the Pulpit, “The Telegraph,” February 19, 2007.“Where Are You Looking?” From the Pulpit, “The Telegraph,” September 22, 2007“The Little Things,” From the Pulpit, “The Telegraph,” May 5, 2007“Good Grief,” From the Pulpit, “The Telegraph,” July 17, 2007“Muslims, Jews and Christians,” From the Pulpit, “The Telegraph,” March 18, 2006

“Revved Up To Coach,” NetResults Magazine, May/June, 2007.

Frequent contributor to the Biblical Preaching Journal, Versailles, KY: Biblical Preaching Institute, (selected):“The Next Old Thing,” Proper 23, 2 Kings 5:1-17, Biblical Preaching Journal, Vol. 20 No. 4, Fall 2007.“Where the Green Things Go,” Third Sunday of Easter, Acts 9:36-43, Biblical Preaching Journal, Vol. 20 No. 2, Spring 2007.“Who Is Jesus To You?” First Sunday after Christmas Day, Colossians 3: 12-17, Biblical Preaching Journal, Vol. 19 No. 4, Fall 2006.“How Did You Get Into the Pasture?” Fourth Sunday of Easter, John 10:1- 10, Biblical Preaching Journal, Vol. 18, No. 2, Spring 2005.“When Change Whispers Our Name,” Fourth Sunday in Lent, Luke 15:1- 13, Biblical Preaching Journal, Vol. 17, No. 1, Winter 2004.

“Sunday Segregation,” a hymn published for National Reconciliation Sunday, 1999.

Honors and Awards

Awarded Participation in the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Program, a 3-year Lilly Endowment funded venture with the Hollifield Leadership Center in Conover, North Carolina

Focused on church transformation, used mini-grant to explore risk-taking and leadership needed for 21st century churches, 2005-2008

Nella May Overby Award for Distinction in Field Education, Vanderbilt Divinity School, 2001

Dollar General Graduate Scholar Intern, Vanderbilt Divinity School, 2000-2001

Rowley Scholarship Recipient, Division of Homeland Ministries, 1999-2000

Harriet Howell Performing Arts Scholarship Recipient, Phillips University, 1996