Henry James Young

Visiting Professor of Theology and Social Ethics


  • Systematic Theology
  • Christian Ethics
  • African American Religious Thought
  • Process Philosophy and Theology
  • Historical Theology


  • Ph.D., The Hartford Seminary Foundation
  • Th.M., Boston University School of Theology
  • B.A., Tougaloo College

Prior to joining Hood’s faculty, Henry Young served in the following capacities: Neal and Ila Fisher Professor of Systematic Theology, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois); member of the graduate council/faculty in the Joint Garrett/Northwestern University Ph.D. Program in Religious Studies; Dean of faculty and Professor of Religious Studies, Edward Waters College, Jacksonville, Florida; The Andrew W. Mellow Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Theology, The Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia; Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of The Interdenominational Theological; President of The American Academy of Religion, Southeastern Region; member of The American Theological Society, Princeton University; member of The Society for the Study of Black Religion; member of the Advisory Board, The Howard Thurman Educational Trust.

Some of his publications include: Major Black Religious Leaders 1755 to 1940; Major Black Religious Leaders 1940 to the Present; God and Human Freedom: A Festschrift in Honor of Howard Thurman; Hope in Process: A Theology of Social Pluralism; he has published widely in scholarly journals and church periodicals.

For many years he served as an Elder in the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church, Chicago, Illinois. He transferred into the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in 2012. He is a member of the Cape Fear Annual Conference. He serves as Senior Pastor of Johnson Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Leland, North Carolina.

He is married to the former Aleta Joyce Downs of Boston, Massachusetts. She is a retired middle school educator. They have one daughter, Aleta Renee Young.


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