Dr. Hopkins is an ordained minister, having served in both the Church of God in Christ and the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He holds a BA from Howard University (Washington, DC), an MA from Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA), and a Ph.D. from the University of Manchester (Manchester, England). As the only known expert on African ancestry on the Dead Sea Scrolls, he has served as a guest speaker and panelist at events such as the National Leadership Conference of the Church of God in Christ, numerous conferences annuals of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Western Baptist Convention. Education Conference and Bishop TD Jakes International Conference of Pastors and Leaders.
Hopkins has also lectured and presented research on various topics at institutions such as Princeton Theological Seminary; Yale Divinity School; Boston University; The Catholic University of America; the Emory University Graduate School of Religion; Oberlin College; the WEB Du Bois Society of Harvard University; the University of Edinburgh (Scotland); University of Durham (England); Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) and at the Interfaith Theological Center, where he was a former Head of Department and Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Languages. He has been featured in media including on Atlanta’s WXIA-TV 11-Alive NBC news affiliate, evening news with Brenda Wood, Atlanta’s WAGA-TV Fox5 News with Portia Bruner and WACH FOX News 57 from Columbia, Good Day Columbia with Fraendy Clervaud.
He has preached the Gospel in the United Kingdom (Moss Lane Christian Center in Manchester, England) and across the United States (in California – West Angeles Church of God in Christ (Los Angeles), Saints Home Church of God in Christ , St. Stephens Cathedral Church of God in Christ (San Diego), Lilly of the Valley Church of God in Christ (Long Beach), Scott United Methodist Church (Pasadena), Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church (Altadena), Neighborhood Church of God; (Pasadena) First African Methodist Episcopal Church (Pasadena); in Arizona – Antioch Church of God in Christ (Peoria); Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church (Memphis); Greater Community Temple Church of God in Christ; (Texas); Smith Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church (Dallas), Bibleway Bible Church, Holy Tabernacle Church of God in Christ (Fort Worth); in Georgia – St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church (Atlanta), Allen Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church, Cathedral of Faith Church of God in Christ, Citadel of Hope Eva ngelistic Church of God in Christ (South Carolina); Universal Evangelism Church of God in Christ (Irmo); Youngs Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Greater Macedonia African Methodist Church (Charleston); in Ohio – Oberlin House of Lord Church (Oberlin)
Dr. Hopkins is a published author. His latest research has focused on the life and political theology of Martin Luther King, Jr., where he has lectured at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis TN; the African American Museum in Dallas, TX; Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina; and hosted in several citywide Martin Luther King, Jr. programs. His article titled “Preach What You Practice” appears in the September 2020 issue of Christianity Today as part of the “Race Set Before Us” series. His book, Cultic Spiritualization: Religious Sacrifice in the Dead Sea Scrolls (Gorgias Press) is scheduled for release on April 30, 2022. Here is the link to purchase the book (currently on presale with a 20% discount): https://www .gorgiaspress.com/religious-sacrifice-in-the-dead-sea-scrolls
Dr. Jamal Hopkins is the youngest of Pasadena Journal Publishers’ three sons, Ruthie and Joe Hopkins. He is associate editor and contributing editor of the family newspaper, on religious matters. The Pasadena/SGV Journal News, located in Pasadena, California.
He and his wife, Karen, reside in the Columbia, SC area. Hopkins can be tracked at www.jamalhopkins.com; on Twitter and Instagram @phdhopkins.