Jay Augustine

Missional Strategist, Center for Reconciliation

Dr. Jonathan C. Augustine (“Jay”) is a missional strategist with the Center for Reconciliation and senior pastor of Durham’s historic St. Joseph AME Church. His background is as a civil rights litigator and law professor. Jay’s research, on issues like immigration reform, prophetic activism, and voting rights, appears in academic publications including the Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal, Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal, and the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal. His current book is Called to Reconciliation: How the Church Can Model Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion (Baker Academic, 2022). He is also under contract to complete When Prophets Preach: Leadership and the Politics of the Pulpit (Fortress Press, 2022).

Jay earned a B.A. from Howard University, along with an active-duty commission as an infantry officer in the United States Army. After decorated military service, he earned his J.D. from Tulane University, later earning his M.Div. at United Theological Seminary and D.Min. at Duke Divinity School.