Who I Am


Image description: an image of myself, a white male with brown hair and a brown beard wearing a striped blue polo. There is a grey wall in the background.

Hunter S. Rhodes is a graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School where he received his Master of Divinity with a concentration in Black Religion and Culture Studies and the Kelly Miller Smith Institute Certificate in Black Church Studies.  Born in Jackson, Tennessee, Hunter has been in Memphis essentially his whole life, minus his time at Vanderbilt between 2017-2020, and he is happy to now be back in the city that raised him. Prior to Vanderbilt, Hunter received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and English Literature from University of Memphis. 

He is excited for the opportunity, made possible in part through the generosity of the Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative, to be able to pursue a project at the intersection of his passions: woodworking, history, ethics, language, and social justice.  Through these intersections of interest, he hopes to demonstrate that our history as Americans, especially for those of us in the South, is quite murky, but through the uncovering of stories of past and present people who made a way out of no way, we can have hope for a more just and equitable future. 

When Hunter is not researching, you can find him either teaching high school history or in his own shop building furniture and whatever else needs to be made.  On the weekends he is spending time with his wife-to-be, Emma, and their beagle, Murphy. Wherever you may encounter him, Hunter hopes that he, in all areas, can live out the call of Micah 6:8 to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.