The Gospel unites all races, socio-economic backgrounds and people, enabling reconciliation through genuine relationships with Christ and one another.
The Pledge Group exists to shrink the racial divide in our own community and throughout the Body of Christ by establishing and fostering relationships across ethnic and denominational lines.
We acknowledge the only lasting and truly effective answer to racial reconciliation is the redemptive power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Simply put, God's grace is greater than race.
We are a movement—not an organization—and are led by volunteers, including lay leaders and clergy.
We humble ourselves before God and one another and accept the challenge to intentionally and diligently "stay at the table" to collaboratively seek godly unity within the church.
We offer a safe environment for honest dialogue and careful listening.
We are committed to discussing the realities and impacts of racism and religious prejudice in our past and present lives and cultures.
We provide opportunities to get to know, trust and love our neighbors with the hope of facilitating healing of the human heart from the damages of past and present individual and systemic racism.
We function through Quarterly Assemblies, racial reconciliation "Shrink the Divide" small groups and an annual “Shrink the Divide” Gathering.
We are singularly focused on Christian unity and racial reconciliation. As a group, we do not advance any other issues or undertake any political action.
The Pledge Group is led by a Steering Team of church and lay leaders from across ethnic and denominational lines.
Leon Bell, Jr. | St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church
Robert Brown | New Life Christian Fellowship
Randy Butler | Christ Anglican Church
Marty Carrell | Cottage Hill Baptist
Melvin Clark | First Baptist Church-Baltimore Street
Kevin Cooley | Harvest Church
Rob Couch | Christ United Methodist
Tommy Dews | Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church: No. 1
Vaughan Drinkard | Cottage Hill Baptist Church
Troy Ephriam | Mount Carmel Church Ministries
Karlos Finley | Little Flower Catholic Church
Micah Gaston | 3Circle Church Midtown
Curtis Graves | Cedar Park Baptist Church
Charlotte Greene | Bethel AME Church
Ronnie Hathorne | St. Joseph Catholic Church
Roy Hill | First Baptist Church-Satsuma
Michael Jackson | Aimwell Baptist Church
Jerry Jenkins | Moffett Road Assembly of God
Ben Kearns | Little Flower Catholic Church
Joe Johnson | Mt. Hebron Church
Andrew Jones | Little Flower Catholic Church
Ed Litton | Redemption Church
Shree Shaw Lovett | Apostolic Church of God
Lonnie Lundy | Cottage Hill Baptist Church
Joseph Mass | Ruth Missionary Baptist Church
Barry McLean | Church of the Highlands-Mobile Campus
Kris Nelson | DaySpring Baptist Church
David Richey | Gulf Coast Christian Fellowship
Milton Saffold | Stone Street Missionary Baptist
Timothy R. Smith | Christ Anglican Church
Chris Williams | Yorktown Missionary Baptist Church
Jay York | Covenant Presbyterian
Tony Zick | New Life Christian Fellowship
Matt Armbruster | The Grove Community Church
Ty Bullard | Dauphin Way United Methodist
Mark Foley |
Julius Haston | Walls of Salvation International
Sandy McQueen | TrueVine Missionary Baptist
Will Phillips | Redemption Church
Jason Smith | Christ Anglican Church
Richard Stimpson | Dauphin Way United Methodist
CARRYING FORWARD THE PLEDGE
In My Daily Context, I will recognize and engage with persons of other races, speaking a warm greeting to them as fellow travelers on the journey of life;
In My Prayers, I will pray regularly for racial unity and harmony and for spiritual revival in our shared local communities and in our nation; and
In My Personal Initiative, I will pro-actively foster and deepen relationships with persons across racial, socio-economic, ethnic and denominational lines.