Tyshawn Gardner, MDiv, ThM, PhD

Dr. Tyshawn Gardner currently serves as the Senior Pastor of the Plum Grove Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa.  He is the founder and CEO of the Citizen Impacting Community Association, a non-profit dedicated to serving and empowering the intergenerational communities of West Tuscaloosa through a variety of academic and social programs and activities.  Dr. Gardner currently serves as the Vice-President for Student Affairs at Stillman College.  Dr. Gardner is a respected educator and enjoys teaching classes in the Department of Gender and Race at the University of Alabama and in the Department of Religion and Theology at Stillman College.

Dr. Gardner received the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa and the Master of Divinity degree (MDiv) from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University, in Birmingham, where the Dean and faculty selected him as the Most Distinguished Student in 2014.  He earned the PhD from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY., where his research interest are Kelly Miller Smith, Sr., Social Crisis Preaching, and Rhetoric in the African American Preaching Tradition.  Dr. Gardner is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in both Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.

Dr. Gardner serves on and with numerous educational, social, religious, and civic boards throughout Tuscaloosa including: the Martin Luther King, Jr. Realizing the Dream Committee, Elevate Tuscaloosa Advisory Board, The Tuscaloosa Prayer Network, 100 Black Men of West Alabama, Unity Tuscaloosa, and Macedonia Ministries.  He is also the past president of the Tuscaloosa Chapter of the SCLC.  His social and community activism warrants him the opportunity to be visible and vocal in the community and allows him to be actively engaged in intricate events and the affect they have on our community. Dr. Gardner has a heart for social justice and racial reconciliation and works tirelessly to see unity and love in the community.

He is married to Shonetay Gardner and they have 4 children, Coretta (Corey), Tristan, Titus, and Tyson and 3 beautiful grandchildren.