The response of those who lost loved ones in the Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church shooting on June 17, 2015, as well as members of that church and the Christian community in the Charleston area, demonstrated the power of the Gospel in the midst of human tragedy. Their Christian response was heard and has echoed around the world. The impact of God’s grace, forgiveness and love are eternal.
Join The Pledge Group for worship and powerful testimony from three men deeply affected by this horrific shooting. May the Mobile area be spared the grief of such an event. May the Christians in our area “Shrink the Divide” within the Body of Christ with open hearts and pure motives simply because it is the right thing to do.
To ensure social distancing guidelines can be followed, Shrink the Divide 2020 will take place simultaneously across three locations in the Mobile area. The content at each location will be the same.
Attendance will be capped at 300 people per location, so please don't hesitate to reserve your free tickets today!
Mt. Hebron Church Ministries | 2531 Berkley Ave, Mobile, AL 36617
Redemption Church | 1251 Industrial Pkwy, Saraland, AL 36571
Harvest Church | 1275 East Interstate 65 Service Rd S, Mobile, AL 36606
This event can also be live-streamed to Partner Churches for in-person viewing. Each Partner Church will manage its own registration and logistics.
Anthony Thompson serves as Pastor of Holy Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church of Charleston, six blocks from Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church. On June 17, 2015, his wife Myra was one of nine people murdered by a young, self-styled white supremacist.
The Rev. Thompson stood in court at the charged killer’s bond hearing, two days later, addressing his wife's killer with a message of forgiveness and an invitation to faith in Christ. Through the pain of grief, Thompson has shared the message of God's transforming grace and with audiences nationwide. His book, Called to Forgive, tells his gripping personal story.
Marshall Blalock serves as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Charleston. The racially motivated Mother Emanuel Church killing in Charleston in 2015 was a seminal moment for him as he was a colleague of Rev. Clementa Pinkney, Emanuel’s slain pastor.
As First Baptist’s pastor since 1997, Dr. Blalock is leading this historic church into a Biblical vision for the next generation. The church has refocused on the Great Commission, creating inner-city ministries, initiating reading mentor programs in Title One schools, and developing missions partnerships in Asia and North Africa.
Chris Singleton knows adversity.
His mother, Sharonda Coleman Singleton, was murdered along with eight other victims at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in downtown Charleston on June 17, 2015. Chris joined others in inspiring his city and the nation by graciously forgiving the man who snuffed out his mother’s life. Chris declares “Love is stronger than hate.”
Chris is a former professional baseball player with the Chicago Cubs. He has been featured on ESPN’s E:60, Sports Illustrated CNN, and USA Today.