Speaker Bios

Introducing our speakers for Gathering 2008.

Randy Sadler

Randy SadlerSadler’s teaching experience includes courses in biblical languages, Old and New Testament interpretation, wisdom literature in the Bible, the history and religion of ancient Israel, and African American biblical interpretation. His first authored book, Can A Cushite Change His Skin? An Examination of Race, Ethnicity, and Othering in the Hebrew Bible, was published in 2005. He frequently lectures within the church and community on Race in the Bible, African American Biblical Interpretation, the Image of Jesus, Biblical Archaeology, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Sadler was the managing editor of the African American Devotional Bible.

Sadler served as a visiting lecturer and interim co-director of the Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC, and was an associate minister in Durham, NC.

Victor Hinojosa

Victor HinojosaVictor is helping to plan this year’s summer gathering on breaking racial barriers. Victor teaches political science in the Honors College at Baylor University. A graduate seminar with John Howard Yoder began his conversion to the peace church tradition and his journey with the Anabaptists. He found in the EP a community of friends committed to living life, and doing church, differently. He appreciates the resources the project provides and the ways he is helped, and challenged, in the effort to be ever more faithful.

Victor and his wife, Lynne, a literature professor at Baylor, and their growing family have been attending EP gatherings since 2000 and are a part of the EP community in Waco. He finds the summer gathering a crucial time of renewal and energy for the year to come and is excited to be a part of planning this year’s program.

Kelly Johnson

Kelly JohnsonAfter earning a B.A. in theology and an M.A. in liturgical studies at the University of Notre Dame (1986, 1987), Kelly Johnson spent several years working with the Catholic Worker in Connecticut and the Peace People in Belfast, as well as teaching in Poland and Tennessee. While writing for her Ph.D. and teaching at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, she helped to start a Catholic Worker house of hospitality.

Although teaching at UD now occupies the bulk of her time, Dr. Johnson continues to maintain ties to the Catholic Worker and to The Ekklesia Project, an ecumenical association of scholars, pastors, and lay people encouraging Christians to remember their vocation as a historical community whose primary allegiance is to the Body of Christ. Dr. Johnson is also active in the New Wineskins group of Catholic moral theologians.

Michelle Lloyd-Paige

Michelle Lloyd-PaigeProfessor Lloyd-Paige came to Calvin College in 1985. She did her undergraduate work at Calvin and her graduate work, including her Ph.D. in sociology, at Purdue University.

Prof. Lloyd-Paige has taught several courses in the Department of Sociology and Social Work since joining the department in 1985. These course include, but are not limited to: Introduction to Sociology, Diversity and Inequality in the United States, Demography, DCM: Christian Response to Racism, and the Sociology Senior Capstone course. This fall she will be teaching Sociology of the African Diaspora.

Mike Budde

Mike BuddeMichael L. Budde is Chair of the Department of Political Science at DePaul faculty where he has taught since 1993. He teaches courses in international politics, political theory, political economy, and religion and politics. He teaches regularly in DePaul’s Program in Catholic Studies and the Honors Program. Professor Budde’s research explores the interactions of political economy, culture and Christianity.

He has written on matters ranging from the role of Catholicism in the Rwandan genocide to the transformation of American Christianity by corporate capitalism; his books include The (Magic) Kingdom of God: Christianity and Global Culture Industries (1997), and Christianity Incorporated (2002). Mike served as the first coordinator for The Ekklesia Project and now assists the board in an ex officio capacity.

Mikael Broadway

Mikael Broadway teaches theology and ethics at Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh, NC. His research interests include churches and communities which band together for social change. He is an associate minister at Mt. Level Baptist Church in Durham, NC and a longtime endorser of the Ekklesia Project. This is his first gathering.

James Lewis

James LewisJames Lewis is Associate Dean and Professor of Theology and Ethics at Anderson University School of Theology in Anderson, IN. His academic and faith interests include but are not limited to the relationship of Christianity to culture, issues of biblical forgiveness and reconciliation, and the moral and ethical implications of racism, ethnocentrism, etc. to Christian witness.

He was a CPA prior to a call to seminary and to teaching. He is a member of the board of directors of the Ekklesia Project.

Neeki Bey

Neeki BayNeeki Bey serves as Minister of Music and Outreach at CityChurch in Dallas, TX where he coordinates a diverse music ministry.

He studied at the Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Morehouse College, the Institute for European Studies – Vienna, and Southern Methodist University.

Michael Cartwright

Michael CartwrightMichael Cartwright is Dean for Ecumenical and Interfaith Programs at the University of Indianapolis. He is a founder and adviser to the Board of Directors of the Ekklesia Project. He is co-editor of the Hauerwas Reader (with John Berkman) and the author of numerous articles and chapters in books, including “Wrestling with Scripture: Can Euro-American Christians and African-American Christians Read Scripture Together” in The Gospel in Black & White: Theological Resources for Racial Reconciliation ed. Dennis L. Okholm (InterVarsity Press, 1997).

Tobin Miller Shearer

Tobin Miller ShearerTobin Miller Shearer is the author of Enter the River: Healing Steps from White Privilege Toward Racial Reconciliation (Herald Press, 1994) and co-author of Set Free: A Journey Toward Solidarity Against Racism (Herald Press, 2001).

He is one of the founders of the Damascus Road Anti-Racism Process.

Craig Wong

Craig Wong currently serves as executive director of Grace Urban Ministries (GUM), a congregation-based ministry nonprofit founded by Grace Fellowship Community Church in San Francisco’s Mission District. Born and raised in the Bay Area, he graduated from UC Berkely in 1984 and served for seven years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

After a few years with an environmental consulting firm, Craig joined the staff of GFCC in 1994 and founded GUM a couple years laters. He also serves on the board of the Christian Community Developement Association and as a columnist for Evangelicals for Social Action’s PRISM magazine. Craig and his wife Tina are the busy but grateful parents of four budding disciples, Jeremy, Kiana, Jacob and Kirby.

Glen Kehrein

Glen KehreinGlen Kehrein is executive director of Circle Urban Ministries in Chicago’s Austin Community where he has lived and served for thirty years. He is the author, with Raleigh Washington, of Breaking Down Walls: A Model of Reconciliation in an Age of Racial Strife, and he is the recipient of an honorary doctorate in Peacemaking from Westminster College (1996). He is a founding board member of the Christian Community Development Association. His life journey “has been one of finding Christ in the midst of a fallen world.”

Reverend Slim Coleman

Slim Colman is pastor of Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago. His church has granted sanctuary to two women who have defied a deportation order.