The Rev. Earle J. Fisher

Portrait of The Rev. Earle J. Fisher.Emerging academic scholar, preacher, prolific writer and social activist the Rev. Earle J. Fisher is senior pastor at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Whitehaven, Memphis, Tenn.

He is an adjunct instructor of contemporary theology at Rhodes College, as well as a religion and humanities professor at several local colleges in Memphis. 

Fisher earned an associate degree in liberal arts in 1999 from Lake Michigan College, where he received a basketball scholarship. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 2003 from LeMoyne-Owen College, and a Master of Divinity degree in 2008 from Memphis Theological Seminary.

Fisher has been selected as an outstanding United Negro College Fund Historically Black College and University alumnus and was the youngest inductee in the 2012 Hall of Honors class. 

Fisher received his ordination from the Christian Church Disciples of Christ denomination in 2008 and the Missionary Baptist Church in 2011. Before serving at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Whitehaven, he earned the nickname “Pastor Cool” for his work at the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, where he was an associate minister for two years.

Some of Fisher’s writing has been published, and several pieces are being considered for publication. Most of his work focuses on the rhetoric and impact of black preaching, hip-hop theology and young-adult spirituality. 

Fisher says he’s “a proud Alpha Man, husband of one wife, Denise, father of one son, Jalen, believer in one God and friend and mentor to many.”