Dr. Jonathan C. Augustine is a national thought leader in the areas of race, reconciliation, and social justice. An experienced workshop facilitator, keynote speaker, and professor, his publications have been featured in leading academic journals throughout the United States. He is a seasoned pastor and former civil rights litigator who earned degrees from Howard University and United Theological Seminary, along with a law degree from Tulane and a doctorate from Duke.
Workshop Facilitation, Training, and Strategic Planning
Dr. Augustine has extensive experience in facilitating workshops and strategic planning sessions for corporate, non-profit, and government leaders. As a thought leader in racial disparities and social inequities, his professional publications appear in journals including the Hastings Race & Poverty Law Journal and Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal. Having also served as vice president of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board and executive counsel & director of legislative affairs for the Louisiana Workforce Commission, both elected and appointed public offices, Dr. Augustine’s has extensive expertise in non-profit and public partnerships for community reform and economic development. He has also published scholarly articles in these areas in the Loyola Law Review, Louisiana Bar Journal, and University of Louisville Law Review.
Conference and Retreat Keynote Speaking
An excellent and experienced conference, convention, or retreat speaker, Dr. Augustine has touched hearts and minds, bringing both national and international audiences to their feet. He has appeared on National Public Radio (NPR) in the United States, on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in Rome, and in countless local publications. A former litigator, he successfully argued hundreds of cases before state and federal courts, while also teaching litigation skills through the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Louisiana State University Law Center, and while serving as an adjunct professor at Southern University Law Center.
As a college student he was the national oratorical champion of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. In law school, he successfully argued before the Louisiana Supreme Court to win the prestigious Tulane Moot Court Competition, and as a seminarian he was the inaugural recipient of the Kendall K. McCabe Liturgical Preaching Award at United Theological Seminary.
Preaching and Worship
As an ordained minister and seasoned pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Dr. Augustine’s biblical hermeneutic employs liberation theology in making liturgical services and preaching historically rich, but contemporarily applicable. His theology of equality stems from the social ethic that God loves ALL God’s children. Consequently, his preaching and worship styles reflect that fundamental theology of inclusion. As a social justice preacher who finds comfort in the prophetic domain, his #SocialJusticeSunday worship experiences as St. Joseph AME Church have attracted thousands including, Kamala Harris, a then-candidate for the presidency of the United States, and Andrew Young, former mayor of Atlanta and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.