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Dennae Pierre: This One Thing Is Essential to Effective Racial Healing

Dennae Pierre

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. 

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Other Podcasts in the Race and the Church Series

John Onwuchekwa: Why ‘Racial Solidarity’ Is a Better Term Than ‘Racial Reconciliation’

Raymond Chang: Global Christian Persecution Can Help You Understand Racism in America

Doug Logan: Why True Racial Reconciliation Has to Start With Jesus

Key Questions for Dennae Pierre

-What does individual inner healing have to do with the work of racial reconciliation? 

-What would you say to people who argue that continuing to have conversations about racial divisions is simply perpetuating those divisions?

-What are practical ways ministry leaders can pursue racial reconciliation and solidarity in an effective way?

-What insights can you offer about the Hispanic community in the United States?

Key Quotes from Dennae Pierre

“I would say probably 2015 to 2018, 2019, there was just this a growing tension that I think the whole nation has now tasted in 2020, especially if you were in multi-ethnic space. If you’re part of the local church and were in an evangelical setting, the experience and lived reality of people of color, African American, Latino, Asian-American, and white evangelicals was just so drastically different.”

“I wrote almost all the prayers [in my book] in between when Ahmaud Arbery’s story broke and then when George Floyd‘s story broke.”

“As Christians, our heart should be to see the church be able to be leaders in repentance and lament and practicing reconciliation. And we’re in the season where our divisions and our polarization have us continuing to struggle to be faithful in those ways. And so what’s left except to intercede, to pray? And to get to work.” 

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Jason serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at PastorServe, a ministry committed to strengthening the Church by serving pastors through personal coaching and church consulting. He also hosts FrontStage BackStage, a podcast and YouTube show, that helps pastors embrace healthy, well-balanced leadership as they develop a sustainable rhythm for life and ministry. Prior to joining the PastorServe team, Jason served as Vice President of Ministry Mobilization at Outreach, Inc., and as the Executive Director of the National Back to Church Sunday movement. Additionally, Jason served for nearly two decades in pastoral leadership, primarily as a lead pastor, in several contexts, including church plant re-launch, multisite church, multiethnic urban church, and an established suburban church. His experience as a lead pastor has provided numerous opportunities to coach and mentor pastors across the country. Jason and his beautiful wife, Monica, are the proud parents of six children and live on Anastasia Island, Florida. @jasondaye