Reverend Earle J. Fisher, Ph.D.
A Movement and Ministerial leader at the forefront of social justice and black liberation efforts in Memphis, TN, and beyond, Earle J. Fisher was born September 26th, 1978 in Benton Harbor, Michigan to Min. Claudia Fisher and Mr. Earl Bradley. He sojourned to Memphis, TN in the fall of 1999 on a full ride athletic scholarship to play basketball at LeMoyne-Owen College. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science in 2003 and subsequently obtained his Master of Divinity Degree in May 2008 from Memphis Theological Seminary and is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Missionary Baptist Denominations. In 2018 Rev. Fisher earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Communication from the University of Memphis and currently serves as Senior Pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee.
As a community organizer, Pastor Earle co-organized the Memphis Grassroots Organizations Coalition in August of 2015. Spearheading initiatives in criminal justice reform, media accountability, the removal of confederate monuments, and voter empowerment, Dr. Fisher formed #UPTheVote901 in November of 2017 to “give more political power to more people” and “increase voter turnout in Memphis and Shelby County.”
Dr. Fisher is the 2019-2020 Henry Logan Starks Fellow at Memphis Theological Seminary and the 2020 Political Science Research Fellow at the University of Memphis teaching and studying Political Theology and Radical Black Politics. Most of Dr. Fisher's work focuses on the African American Religious Rhetoric, Contemporary Rhetorical Theory, Black Liberation Theology, and the prophetic persona of Albert Cleage, Jr. He is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, husband of one wife, Denise, father of one son, Jalen, believer in one God, and friend and mentor to many.