The ONE Conference is a biennial conference designed to equip leaders with knowledge, resources and skills for effective multiethnic ministries and for cross-cultural outreach.

“Synergize is the habit of creative cooperation. It is teamwork, open-mindedness, and the adventure of finding new solutions to old problems. But, it doesn’t just happen on its own. It’s a process, and through that process, people bring all their personal experience and expertise to the table.” – Habit 6 from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephan R. Covey

The ONE Conference

The ONE Conference welcomes those who are engaged in cross-cultural outreach, multiethnic ministries, community bridge-building, services to culturally diverse communities, and those who want to develop the skills for effective cross-cultural living, witness and service. All officers, ministry leaders, corps members, and employees are invited to attend!

“From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work." --Ephesians 4:16

October 13- October 15, 2017

Camp Wonderland

Wonderland Camp and Conference Center, Camp Lake, WI
9241 Camp Lake Road, Camp Lake, WI 53109

Special Guests

Commissioners Brad and Heidi Bailey

Territorial Commander and Territorial President of Women’s Ministries
USA Central Territory

Commissioners Brad and Heidi Bailey are Territorial Commander and Territorial President of Women’s Ministries in the USA Central Territory. They lead The Salvation Army’s work in eleven Midwestern states with offices headquartered in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. With more than thirty-five years as officers, including several international appointments, the Baileys bring a wealth of experience and a broad perspective to their current roles which they’ve held since July 2017. Their ministry is marked by a love for God and a joy in serving others.

In 1978 Brad married Heidi Chandler in Kansas City, Missouri, and later graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in social work. In 1980 they entered The Salvation Army College for Officer Training in Chicago from the Kansas City Westport Temple Corps and were commissioned as officers in 1982. Following two corps appointments in the Central Territory, the Baileys, with their two young daughters, began their overseas service in the South America West Territory. During their 13 years in that territory, the Baileys served as corps officers, territorial youth secretaries and divisional leaders for the Central Division in Santiago, Chile.

Returning to the Central Territory, the Baileys served as corps officers of the vibrant Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, Corps in the suburbs of Chicago for four years, developing a model bilingual English/Spanish ministry and sending 23 soldiers into fulltime service. Three years as command leaders of Spain followed before they returned to the South America West Territory as Chief Secretary and Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries. The Baileys then were appointed to International Headquarters in London as Under Secretaries in the Americas and Caribbean Zone, and in 2012 became Chief Secretary and Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries in the USA Southern Territory.

Commissioners Brad and Heidi have been married for 39 years. Their daughter, Danielle Rowland, with her husband, Jeremy, and sons, Micah and Eli, reside in Atlanta. Their daughter, Lindsey, works on the southwest side of Chicago as a clinical social worker.

Both Brad and Heidi enjoy traveling, learning about new cultures and languages, reading, walking/running, music and a good cup of coffee with friends!

Mark DeYmaz

A thought-leading author, pastor, and recognized champion of the Multiethnic Church Movement, Mark planted the Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas in 2001 where he continues to serve as Directional Leader. In 2004, he co-founded the Mosaix Global Network with Dr. George Yancey and today serves as its president, and convener of the triennial National Multi-ethnic Church Conference. In 2008, he launched Vine and Village and remains active on the board of this 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on the spiritual, social, and financial transformation of Little Rock's University District and the 72204 ZIP Code.

Mark has written six books including his latest, Disruption: Repurposing the Church to Redeem the Community (Thomas Nelson, March 2017); and Multiethnic Conversations: an Eight Week Guide to Unity in Your Church (Wesleyan Publishing House, October 2016), the first daily devotional, small group curriculum on the subject for people in the pews. His book, Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church (Jossey-Bass, 2007), was a finalist for a Christianity Today Book of the Year Award (2008) and for a Resource of the Year Award (2008) sponsored by Outreach magazine. His other books include, re:MIX: Transitioning Your Church to Living Color (Abingdon, June 2016); Leading a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church (formerly Ethnic Blends; Zondervan, 2010, 2013), and the e-Book, Should Pastors Accept or Reject the Homogeneous Unit Principle? (Mosaix Global Network, 2011). In addition to books, he is a contributing editor for Outreach magazine where his column, "Mosaic" appears in each issue.

He and his wife, Linda, have been married for thirty years and reside in Little Rock, AR. Linda is the author of the certified best-seller, Mommy, Please Don't Cry: There Are No Tears in Heaven (Multnomah, 1996), an anointed resource providing hope and comfort for those who grieve the loss of a child. Mark and Linda have four adult children and two grandchildren.

Mark is an Adjunct Professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and teaches D.Min. courses at seminaries across the country including TEDS, Western, and Phoenix, where he earned his own D.Min. in 2006.

Sandra Van Opstal

Sandra Van Opstal, a second-generation Latina, is the Executive Pastor at Grace and Peace Community on the west-side of Chicago. She is a liturgist and activist who is passionate about re-imagining worship that mobilizes for reconciliation and justice.

In her fifteen years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Sandra mobilized thousands of college students for God’s mission of reconciliation and justice in the world. Sandra served as Director of Worship for the Urbana Missions Conference, Chicago Urban Program Director, Latino National Leadership Team (LaFe), and Northwestern University Team leader (Multiethnic fellowship).

Sandra’s influence has also reached many others through her leadership and preaching on topics such of justice, poverty, racism, racial identity, reconciliation, and global mission. She has been featured at Wheaton College, North Park University, The Justice Conference, Evangelical Covenant conferences, Willow Creek Association conferences, and various churches. Sandra serves as a board member for Evangelicals for Justice and the Christian Community Development Association. Sandra is also the Worship Director for the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering in Jarkarta, Summer 2016.

In addition to her ministry experience, Sandra holds a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois and has been published in multiple journals. She has authored Small Group Leader’s Handbook, God’s Graffiti Devotional, The Mission of Worship and The Next Worship.

Musical Guests


This group had a light of day in 1994 in the Democratic Republic of Congo - Africa. While some members of the group were celebrating the life of one of the member's father who passed away, their started singing popular songs from the Salvation Army Songbook. Little the knew that many people were listening and little by little there was a crowd of people surrounding them and asking them to performed during the funeral service. After few months of performing only at funerals, the group started performing at weddings, birthday parties, concerts, worship services and commissioning. In June 2000, the group moved to the USA to performed at the International Congress that was held in Atlanta Georgia. Since then, Raleigh, NC Corps has become the local Corps (church) of the group even though some members live in different states.

The group is compose of brothers, cousins, friends from birth who grew up in the heart of Africa and whose parents are officers of the Salvation Army. Although the group perform all varieties of music, they stay true to the Salvation Army music by adding African beat. The group is composed of Charles Nkanza, Jean Claude Makela, Ghodard Diavangama, Henry Kissaka, Henri Asobo, Bruno Asobo, Philippe Leka, Albert Leka, Roger Ludiazo and Christian Nzoungou who love the Lord with their all heart and serve Him through music. They are Crazy 4 Jesus.

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Bruce Harding

The ONE Conference Music Leader

Dr. Bruce Harding is a passionate lover of—and an advocate for – community song from around the world. He is a singer, song leader, composer and multi-instrumentalist, and was editor of More Voices, the most recent song collection for The United Church of Canada. Bruce comes to us from New Westminster, British Columbia, where he serves as music minister at Crossroads United Church in Delta, BC, teaches at the Intercultural Naad Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts in Surrey, BC, and plays in a variety of global fusion ensembles.

Nikki Lerner

Nikki Lerner is an author, cultural coach, cultural translator, and a gifted musician whose primary instrument is voice. Bridging divides between people of different cultures through music and conversation is Nikki’s passion. Nikki has produced three recording projects, Nikki Lerner, Longings, and The Things We Never Say. In addition to being an artist and songwriter, she is also a sought-after speaker, worship leader coach, and co-author of the book Worship Together: In Your Church As In Heaven. She currently serves as the Worship Director at Bridgeway Community Church in Columbia, MD, an intentionally multicultural church. You can connect with Nikki at

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Workshops will allow conference participants to explore topics relevant to Cross-Cultural Leadership, the Multicultural & Multi-Ethnic Church, Worship & Biblical Foundations, Sacred Conversations on Race, Culture & Reconciliation, The New Immigrant, and to participate in workshops that are in Spanish.

This workshop will focus on creating neutral space and incentive programs to welcome and support casual and professional connecting, and dialogue for racial equity in our sphere of influence.

Speaker Info: Major Gail is a follower of Jesus and strives to serve Him faithfully (but is often showing up late since she is pretty dense at figuring out where He is and what He is doing). Gail currently serves as the Urban Ministry Secretary in the Midland Division with responsibility for the Urban Mission Center and the Ferguson Community Empowerment Center. The Urban Mission Center (UMC), is a ministry of The Salvation Army, that seeks to form missional leaders who will focus on city transformation. The center is located in Benton Park West, a neighborhood of Saint Louis facing many of the challenges common among cities across the United States. While The Salvation Army has been present in this particular neighborhood for decades, the Urban Mission Center is new to Benton Park West. The Ferguson Community Empowerment Center is a new expression of Salvation Army presence in Ferguson, MO. It opened in July and seeks to be a gathering place for city transformation as it relates to youth, families and race equity. Gail has enjoyed ministry in Gary, Chicago (with special thanks to Chicago Temple corps soldiers who trained her well), Western Division, Detroit, and now St. Louis.

Speaker Info: Sara Johnson, a lifelong Salvationist, leads the Urban Mission Center in St Louis, MO. With a heart for pursuing God's mission in her local context, Sara is committed to being a reconciling presence in her neighborhood. You can find her enjoying a cup of coffee at the Mud House, working in the garden, or volunteering on the local campaign trail.

Speaker Info: Darren Young is the Area Director at Young Life in St. Louis, MO where is has served for 3 and 1/2 years. Young Life is a faith-based non-profit organization that connects adolescents with caring adults. Its mission is to introduce teenagers to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. As the Area Director, Darren is responsible for mentoring, leadership, modeling and reaching out to disinterested, disadvantaged teenagers in middle and high school. The goal is to send a message of hope by building personal relationships and reach them using a holistic approach of meeting physical and spiritual needs.

An increasingly diverse and cynical society is no longer finding credible the message of God's love for all people as preached from segregated pulpits and pews. For too long segregation along the lines of race and class has been promoted as a strategy for planting, growing and developing local churches. While pragmatic, this strategy is not biblical and unintentionally undermines the very Gospel we preach. Come discuss with Mark the biblical mandate for building a healthy multi-ethnic church and more than that, learn the seven core commitments to bring it about. – Mark DeYmaz

*See Speaker Info under the Special Guest section

How can we sing together when the gathered community speaks many different mother tongues? Does singing translations of popular praise choruses help to honour and celebrate our diversity, or does it simply impose a musical and theological hegemony in worship? In this workshop we will explore ways to make our communal singing reflect the diversity in our midst.

*See Speaker Info under the Special Guest section.

How do we live out fully the embodied personhood we were meant to live? How can we identify and use our gifts fully and powerfully? How can we use our influence effectively no matter who we are or where we are?

Speaker Info: Kathy Khang is a writer, speaker, and coffee drinker based in the north suburbs of Chicago. Kathy is a columnist for The Covenant Companion and Sojourners magazine. She is one of the authors of More Than Serving Tea (InterVarsity Press, 2006), DO BETTER Study Guide and Journal (2017), and God’s Graffiti Devotional (2015). She blogs at , tweets and Instagrams as @mskathykhang, posts at , and partners with other bloggers, pastors, and Christian leaders to highlight and move the conversation forward on issues of race, ethnicity, and gender within the Church. Kathy also has worked for the past 19 years with a national parachurch organization. When she’s not staring at a computer screen she can be found enjoying life with her husband and three children, reading, doing her nails, practicing yoga, or searching for the perfect pen and journal.

Building Bridges is a carefully designed and ever-expanding resource that empowers facilitators to create courageous environments and encourage honest sharing of individuals’ diverse opinions, perspectives and experiences. Dialogue topics include: Race and Children, Race and Privilege, Race and Gun Violence, Black Lives Matter, Stop and Frisk, Stand Your Ground, Constructive Political Conversations and more. Come and learn how to establish your ministry as a gracious place for honest dialogue on challenging topics. Expand the possibilities for reconciliation and transformation.

Speaker Info: Eric H. F. Law, an Episcopal priest, is the founder and executive director of the Kaleidoscope Institute, the mission of which is to provide resources to equip church leaders to create inclusive and sustainable churches and communities. For more than 25 years, he has provided transformative and comprehensive training and resources for churches and ministries in all the major church denominations in the United States and Canada. Eric is the author of numerous books, among them Holy Currencies: Six Blessings for Sustainable Missional Ministries, and Holy Currency Exchange: 101 Stories, Songs, Actions, and Visions of Missional and Sustainable Ministries, He also writes a weekly blog called The Sustainist: Spirituality for Sustainable Communities in a Networked World. Visit his blog at

11am on Sundays will no longer be the most segregated hour of the week…because we will choose a new future together. Join author, culture coach, and artist, Nikki Lerner, to develop the necessary skills to engage in conversation and ministry across cultural lines.

*See Speaker Info under the Special Guest section

Begun in 1999, the Issachar Center for Urban Leadership’s Apprenticeship is a two-year residential leadership experience for college students. More than 100 students – mostly students of color – have lived at Issachar, and alumni now lead in a variety of organizations around Denver and beyond.

In this workshop, we will share the Issachar model; you will hear about best practices from attendees; and we’ll provide Q&A time for discussion. If you work with college-aged students or are considering how you might reach out to young adults in your community, you won’t want to miss this time together.

Speaker Info: Scott Lundeen serves as the director of the Issachar Center for Urban Leadership. He was part of Issachar’s 2nd Class and is an alumnus of the apprentice program.

Scott grew up in Minnesota, where his cross-cultural experiences through basketball and summer camps led him to a boys and girls club in North Minneapolis in 1991. Over the next 26 years, he has continued to learn and lead through urban and student ministry roles in Minneapolis, Kansas City, Denver, Chicago, and New Orleans. Scott worked for Urban Impact in New Orleans from 2002 - 2007 - a formative time around Hurricane Katrina that furthered Scott’s passion for developing young urban Christian leaders and engaging followers of Jesus in issues of race, poverty, and justice.

Scott left New Orleans to return to Denver, where he worked with Mile High Ministries to produce Urban Entry - a series of DVDs that is used in colleges, churches, and local communities to engage Christians in urban issues. In August of 2011, Scott became the director of the Issachar Center.

Scott is a graduate of Bethel University and Denver Seminary. He lives in Denver with three remarkable women - his wife, Melanie, and daughters, Scotia and Reyna.

In a society rampant with divisions such as race, class, and gender, how can we come together as one body? The Book of 1 Corinthians offers 4 keys that each of us can use to live out unity. Come develop a theological and sociological understanding of how to let love lead in relationship with diverse others.

Speaker Info: Oneya is a sociologist at The Ohio State University studying race and religion. She serves as the Director of Cultural Inclusion at Peoples Church (Cincinnati, OH). Oneya is co-author of Multiethnic Conversations. It is the first personal devotional and small group study on multi-ethnic life and church designed for people in the pews. Oneya also leads city cohorts for the Mosaix Global Network. You can find Oneya @OOkuwobi or at

Prior to the coming of Christ and his Gospel, Jews were elitist. Though others were allowed to adopt their Hebrew faith, there was no active sharing of that faith outside of the twelve tribes. Largely because of their paganism, people of other cultures were looked down upon. Paul’s zeal in sharing the Gospel with Gentiles signaled a multicultural acceptance that was new and remarkable. We’ll use the writings of Paul to see how the Gospel must and does break down barriers between people of different cultures and races.

This session will be an opportunity to discuss how forgiveness should take place between victims and perpetrators (whether intentional or unintentional) of racism, to the glory of God. It may also provide opportunity for discussion participants to extend or receive forgiveness during the session.

•What does the Bible teach us about forgiving each other? •How can those who have been wounded by racism offer forgiveness while still stressing that certain speech/behaviors are inappropriate? •Is there a biblical model of forgiveness that maintains personal dignity for both parties? •How do we forgive those who don’t see their own racism? How do we forgive those who are blatantly racist and unrepentant? •Might the oppressed group need to seek forgiveness for anything? What, why, how? •Is it ever appropriate to withhold forgiveness?

Speaker Info: Major Amy Reardon and her husband Rob are corps officers of the Seattle Temple Corps in Washington. Amy holds a Master of Arts in Theology with concentration in Biblical Studies from Fuller Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from UCLA. She has been a columnist for a number of Salvation Army periodicals in the United States, in Canada and in the international Officer and Revive magazines. Her book Holiness Revealed, was published in 2015 and her book on Colossians is soon to be published. Amy served for five years on the Army’s International Theological Council. The Reardons are the parents of five children, ranging in age from nine to 29, and are also blessed with one daughter-in-law.

In this workshop, you’ll hear how a strategic plan given by God called Community Healing Integrative Partnership (CHIP), resulted in collaboration with churches to meet specific community needs, and equipped them to be a healing presence during times of community crisis. Through testimony of front-line ministry, see how God brings people together as “One Body” across differences of race, culture, and religious beliefs to impact their communities with the gospel. Richard Schwoegler, former law enforcement officer, now pastor and Resource Coordinator for The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services, brings his collective experiences to show how communities and churches can work together to see God’s Kingdom advance.

Speaker Info: Richard Schwoegler, III is a veteran of the US Army, served as a Military Police Person and a veteran of the Desert Storm War. He had been in Law Enforcement for over 27 years when he was called into full time ministry in July of 2014. Richard is the Pastor, Founder/Director of the Surrender All Ministries. He is a member and an ordained Pastor/Minister at Faith Builders Church in Milwaukee. He is employed as the Central Territorial Resource Coordinator through The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services as of June 2016.

God gave Richard a strategic plan to spread Christ's love by our actions, healing people all over the world, furthering God's Kingdom, and for all churches to work together as “One Body in Christ” furthering His revival!

The vision and plan is called Community Healing Integrative Partnership (CHIP) it is a strategic plan to take back our cities and revitalize our nation! The CHIP program collaborates with local police departments, community residents, chaplain programs, faith based groups, Government agencies, churches, non-profits. They work together through initiatives, such as adopt-a-neighborhood programs and Dream Centers to reach the lost in any city!

Inmigración es uno de los temas más controversiales de nuestra época, pero en muchos casos, se ve exclusivamente como una cuestión política. En este taller, Matthew Soerens examinará el tema desde una perspectiva bíblica, considerará algunas confusiones sobre los inmigrantes y sugerirá varias oportunidades para servir a la comunidad inmigrante.

Welcoming the Stranger Immigration is among the most complex and controversial topics of our time, but too often it is viewed merely as a political or cultural issue. In this workshop, Matthew Soerens will examine the topic from a biblical perspective, address some misconceptions about immigrants, and explore practical opportunities to serve immigrant communities.

Seeking Refuge In the past few years, many have been deeply moved by compassion for the plight of refugees forced to flee persecution, while others have genuine fears about the idea of refugee resettlement in their communities. In this workshop, Matthew Soerens, who serves as the US Director for Church Mobilization for World Relief, one of nine national agencies responsible for refugee resettlement, will explain the process of refugee resettlement and the biblical foundations for why Christians would welcome refugees.

Speaker Info: Matthew Soerens serves as the U.S. Director of Church Mobilization for World Relief. He previously served as the Field Director for the Evangelical Immigration Table, a coalition of evangelical organizations of which World Relief is a founding member. He is the co-author of Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis (Moody Publishers, 2016) and Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate (InterVarsity Press, 2009).

Desafortunadamente, a veces, dentro de la iglesia, nos encontramos con dificultades de puertas hacia adentro: celos, rencores, iras, etc. que impiden una auténtica sinergia entre sus miembros. En este taller, de dos partes, y por medio de la Escritura, el Mayor Juan Arias proveerá herramientas prácticas para superar estos obstáculos y crear una armonía y un ambiente de colaboración para la edificación del Cuerpo de Cristo para la gloria de Dios.

Speaker Info:Mayor Juan Arias, better known among friends as Oregui, was born in Tenerife, Canary Islands on October 30, 1961. He is the fourth of six brothers, and was born in a Catholic home. When he was 18 years old, on November 2, 1980, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. His first and only church has been The Salvation Army, and since then, he has fought to proclaim and follow the Gospel principles and Christian values which are reflected in the Army’s faith doctrines.

It was at the Tenerife Corps where he met his future wife, Belinda, and after three years, they got married. Both received their calling to serve God as officers, and since 1986, they’ve continued on God’s path, serving Him humbly to fulfill His commands. Currently, they serve in the beautiful city of Barcelona, Spain, as the Corps Officers. Dios bendice.

You will explore five congregational attributes that are necessary for synergy to occur in a multicultural setting. Learn how your church can make an intentional commitment to become identified by these attributes, and then to continuously develop them. This will take your church from passive acceptance of each other to the welcome and dynamic exercising of each Christian’s talents and spiritual gifts. It can dramatically increase the capacity of a diverse congregation to mature and grow inwardly, and to bear fruit through outreach.

For a congregation on the road of the multicultural journey, there are milestones or sign posts that keep you going in the right direction. Seven milestones will be explored, and the balance of risk and blessing that is evident with each one. You will learn about risk points that are common at each milestone, and how to minimize those risks. You will be able to identify current or potential risks specific to your own congregation. Spiritual blessings at each milestone will show how this journey leads to a synergized, fruit-bearing congregation as described in the New Testament.

Speaker Info: Donna, with her husband, Ron, has recently retired from her 39-year career as a Salvation Army officer. Prior to that, she was a school teacher. She has been corps officer, Divisional Youth Secretary, training staff, and Divisional Director of Women’s Ministries. She and Ron have served in Canada, Bermuda, Australia, and the Caribbean Territory.

The Millars’ years of leading a corps in Toronto to become intentionally multicultural led to appointments where Donna taught principles and practices geared for enduring multicultural outcomes. She also assisted other corps in culturally diverse areas to transition from monocultural to multicultural congregations. She has helped corps develop outreach ministry to newcomers to Canada, particularly through English conversation class. Donna greatly values her working relationships, mutual friendship and mentorship with diverse people.

We live in a time of unprecedented intercultural exchange, where our communities welcome people from around the world. Music and media from every culture are easily accessible, and our worship is infused with a rich variety of musical and liturgical influences. But leading worship in multicultural contexts can be a crosscultural experience for everybody. How do we help our congregations navigate the journey? How do you curate spaces and practices of worship that embodies the synergy of the global, multiethnic body of Christ. Learn biblical foundations for multiethnic worship, with practical tools and resources for planning services that allow for the whole body to be joined together.

*See Speaker Info under the Special Guest section.

The Salvation Army in the Central Territory has 277 Facebook pages, 54 Twitter feeds and 16 Instagram sites. Combined, those pages have 398,071 followers, and with 4,237 posts, are engaging an average of 53,000 people each month. Each month more than 3,000 people contact us via one of these channels. Are we listening??

With more than 2 billion users, if Facebook were a country, it would be the most populous country on Earth. The opportunity for engagement is obvious: The entire world uses social media! We will learn more about that world, and how you can go into it effectively. How do we reach out in Christ’s name, and meet the needs of this multi-cultural congregation, while being attentive to the culture of Social Media itself?

Speaker Info:Jeff Curnow, Public & Corporate Relations Manager for The Salvation Army’s USA Central Territory, was born in Pontiac, Michigan. Jeff is responsible for brand, reputation and crisis management, media relations and communications support for Salvation Army operations in 11 Midwestern states. In addition to these responsibilities, Jeff directs the Territory’s engagement in Social Media and supervises web content and development. Cause-marketing with major corporations completes the role he has fulfilled since 2009.

Living in Los Angeles for five years prior to accepting his current position, he served as Managing Editor for Caring Magazine, published by The Salvation Army USA Western Territory. He has more than 100 published articles, and loves communicating via the written word. Jeff received his BA in 1988 from Asbury University. He has also done post graduate work at Asbury Theological Seminary, and the University of Kentucky College of Law. Along with his wife Barbara, Jeff lives in Rockford, Illinois, where they are Soldiers of The Rockford Temple Corps.

In the broader framework of Race, Culture and Reconciliation, lack of cultural competency remains a significant barrier to progress. This workshop will focus on ways of increasing cultural competence in working toward building and sustaining authentic competency. It will cover topics such as: the concept of ‘cultural grammar’, moving beyond the surface of respect, understanding one’s own culture, and cultural misappropriation.

Speaker Info:The Rev. Bernard “Chris” Dorsey currently serves as President of Higher Education & Leadership Ministries (HELM) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). An ordained Disciples minister, he received his BS from the University of Texas at Austin, earned a M.Div from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. He has taught at a variety of academic and theological institutions and previously served as local church pastor, university chaplain of Clark Atlanta University, and as the Vice President of Development and Marketing at Chicago Theological Seminary. Rev. Dorsey is the father of 13-year-old daughter, Alanis, and they currently reside in Indianapolis, IN. He previously served as Assistant Professor of Theology and Preaching at Western Theological Seminary. Some of the courses he taught at WTS included Preaching Foundations; Race, Culture, and Reconciliation; Theologizing Violence; and the Theologies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer & Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Multicultural Ministries Department, Central Territory

5550 Prarie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192