Dominique DuBois Gilliard is the Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the Love Mercy Do Justice (LMDJ) initiative of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). He is the author of Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores, which won a 2018 Book of the Year Award for InterVarsity Press and was named Outreach Magazine’s 2019 Social Issues Resource of the Year. Gilliard’s latest book, Subversive Witness: Scripture’s Call to Leverage Privilege won Englewood Review of Books 2021 Book of the Year Award. Gilliard also serves on the board of directors for the Christian Community Development Association. In 2015, he was selected as one of the ECC’s “40 Under 40” leaders to watch, and the Huffington Post named him one of the “Black Christian Leaders Changing the World.”
Gilliard has served in pastoral ministry in Atlanta, Chicago, and Oakland as an ordained minister. He served as a campus minister at North Park University, before moving to California where he served as the executive pastor of New Hope Covenant Church, and also the associate pastor of Convergence Covenant Church. During his tenure in Oakland California, Gilliard also served as the ECC’s Director of Racial Righteousness for ministry initiatives in the Pacific Southwest Conference.
Gilliard double majored in History and African American Studies at Georgia State University. He then earned a master’s degree in history from East Tennessee State University, with an emphasis on race, gender, and class in the United States. Gilliard then earned an MDiv from North Park Theological Seminary, where he currently serves as an adjunct professor teaching courses in the fields of Christian ethics, theology, missiology, and reconciliation.