February 9, 2023 – Dr. Stephen Stallard

Date: Thursday, February 9

Time: 12:30-1:30

Location: Tate 473

The February meeting of the Christian Faculty Forum will be held on Thursday, February 9 in Tate 473 with Dr. Stephen Stallard as our speaker. The title of his talk is Gospel Witness in a Racialized America (abstract below). Dr. Stallard is an Asst. Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Western Seminary in Portland, OR, and graduated with a PhD in Applied Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Previously, he spent eight years serving in Brooklyn, where he planted and pastored a multicultural church.

He is married to Sonya, and they have four children. Stephen is the author of the newly released book Diverse Teams: Rediscovering an Ancient Approach to Urban Mission.


American society seems unable to rise above its racial differences. In fact, its racialization
seems to be a defining feature of American identity. However, Christians have been tasked with the
challenging mission of bearing witness to the lordship of Christ amid this racialized society. This
presentation explores the Christian concept of hope, drawing upon the work of the American theologian
Martin Luther King, Jr., and the British missiologist Lesslie Newbigin. Suggestions will be offered for
how everyday Christians can bear hopeful, gospel witness to Christ in a racialized society.

A light lunch will be served to everyone who sends in their RVP by 5 pm, Wednesday, February 8, by filling out the form below.


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