In our latest podcast series, “Race and the Church,” we will explore how the church can pursue true racial reconciliation and solidarity.
Race is a conversation that is often fraught with difficulty. Even where we recognize trends in what different communities believe, people are complex and have differing perspectives within those communities. Nevertheless, as Christians, we believe that Jesus is the ultimate source of truth, justice, and redemption.
Working from that foundation, we are inviting trusted ministry leaders into conversation with us so that we can listen to and learn from them on this important subject. Some of the questions we explore are: how can believers pursue gospel-centered racial solidarity and what gets in the way of that pursuit? And what are the practical steps church leaders can take to address racial divides?
While a podcast series can only begin to scratch the surface of this complex topic, we hope you will find our series to be thought-provoking, encouraging, and informative.
John Onwuchekwa is a native of Houston, Texas, and was born into a Nigerian home where the gospel was cherished and modeled. After graduating from college, he continued his studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. John has served at churches in both Texas and Georgia, and in 2015, he and his family moved into the historic West End of Atlanta to help plant Cornerstone Church with their closest friends. John also serves on the board of directors for The Crete Collective, an organization that exists to establish gospel-driven churches in distressed and neglected Black and Brown communities. He and his wife, Shawndra, have been married since 2007. They welcomed their daughter, Ava, in 2017. John and Shawndra are eager to see the hope of the gospel restore a sense of family, dignity, and hope to their neighborhood through their local church of ordinary people.
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Raymond Chang is a pastor, a writer, and the president and co-founder of the Asian American Christian Collaborative. He regularly preaches throughout the country on issues pertaining to Christianity and culture, race, and faith. Raymond has lived throughout the world and currently resides in Chicago, where he serves as a campus minister at Wheaton College. He is married to Jessica Chang, who serves as the Chief Advancement & Partnerships Officer of the Field School.
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Dennae Pierre is the executive director of the Surge Network in Phoenix, Ariz., and serves on the North American leadership team for Redeemer City to City. A graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary, Dennae has been involved in multi-ethnic church planting and community transformation for years and has recently been named co-director of The Crete Collective. She is the author of the book, “Healing Prayers & Meditations to Resist a Violent World.” Dennae is married to Vermon, and they have two sons and two daughters: Marcel, Mya, Judah and Jovanna.