We believe that in the middle of so much division and disagreement there is a huge opportunity for the church to stand unified as one people who have received forgiveness through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The Bible teaches that there is only one human race because every human being is made in the image of God. As we embrace our commonality in the gospel there is a great potential for God to transform in our individual lives, our churches, and our communities!
Our Speakers for Shrink the Divide 2021 are Coach Richie Riley of the University of South Alabama's men's basketball team and Dr. Ed Litton, pastor of Redemption Church in Mobile and the current president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Both men are examples of individuals using their personal passions for racial reconciliation to make a difference in the way the Church addresses race, reconciliation, and what it means to empathize with one another, so that we can move forward together.
Ed Litton serves as pastor of Redemption Church in Saraland, Alabama, where he has been pastor since 1994.
Redemption Church is a multi-site church with two locations in Mobile County. Redemption has helped plant churches in over 10 cities both nationally and internationally.
He is currently the president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Ed has a passion for racial reconciliation and the gospel.
Richie Riley serves as the head coach of the USA Jaguars Men’s Basketball team. He has been ranked on ESPN.com’s “40 Under 40” list and was a finalist for the Ben Jobe Award, presented annually to the top NCAA Division I minority coach by CollegeInsider.com.
He is known as an elite program builder and high-level recruiter. The University of South Alabama has had a top-rated recruiting class throughout his three-year tenure.
Richie is a Christ follower and has a passion for leadership.
The collective is a group of local worship leaders and musical artists who sing and produce music with the goal of diversity, racial reconciliation, and the gospel at the center of their cooperation.