A.B., magna cum laude, Harvard College
J.D., Harvard Law School
M.Div., Andover Newton Theological School
Ph.D. candidate, Boston College
Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Joel B. Kemp attended Harvard College where he earned his A.B. magna cum laude in Religion and American History in 1997. His undergraduate thesis examining Negro Spirituals as reflective of a biblically based exilic motif was awarded summa cum laude status. He then went on to attend Harvard Law School, earning his J.D. in 2000. While attending law school, he was licensed as a minister in the American Baptist Churches. Additionally, he worked as an attorney at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in their corporate and litigation departments and is a former member of the Board of Directors of Roxbury Youthworks, Inc. – a Massachusetts nonprofit focusing upon the rehabilitation of inner-city youth with DYS and/or DSS (DCF) involvement.
After leaving the law firm, Mr. Kemp continued his legal practice as corporate counsel for Entegrity LLC. He enrolled at Andover Newton Theological School in January 2006, where he received his M.Div. in 2010. In September 2010, Mr. Kemp began pursuing a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible at Boston College and is in the process of completing his dissertation.
Mr. Kemp, alongside his wife Gail Nia (King) Kemp, who is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Boston University, serve as founding Board members and program coordinators for Cornerstone Ministries Inc., a Massachusetts nonprofit that works with churches, community-based organizations, and schools to help address the intellectual, socio-emotional, and spiritual needs of students of color.