Rodney Palmer

Assistant Professor of Religion at Andrews University

Dr. Rodney Palmer is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Andrews University, with special emphasis in the areas of Homiletics and Christian Ministry. He is also the Director for the Practicum Studies, Barnabas Internship, and In-Depth programs in the Department of Religion and Biblical Languages.

Palmer was born in Jamaica, and worked as a pastor in the Central Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists for nine years. Prior to joining the faculty at Andrews University (AU), he served for three years as a Senior Pastor in the Wisconsin Conference and as a Lake Union Conference Executive Committee member.

As an ordained minister and a Certified Trauma Support Specialist, he has amassed a wealth of experience from serving in several capacities, inclusive of Instructor in the AU Adventist Lay Seminary Program, AU Doctor of Ministry Advisor, English Language and Homiletics Instructor, evangelist, Family Life Educator, police chaplain, school board chairman, church planter and youth mentor.

Palmer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion (2005) from Northern Caribbean University, Jamaica; a Master of Arts in Theological Studies (2009) and a Master of Divinity in Leadership (2010) from Liberty University, VA; and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Prophetic Preaching and Praxis (2014) from United Theological Seminary, OH, and is presently reading for a PhD in Higher Education Administration. He is a member of the Adventist Theology Society, the Academy of Homiletics, the Adventist Society for Religious Studies, the Evangelical Homiletics Society and the Society of Biblical Literature.

Dr. Palmer is married to Alyssa, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School with a Juris Doctor degree. She presently serves as the Associate Dean for Student Life and the Senior Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Andrews University. The Palmers are the proud parents of Luke and Emerson.


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Spiritual First Aid for a Resilient Church