Racial Justice Committee

In the book of Revelation, John describes heaven as, “a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb.” This is no homogenous group but instead a colorful collection of humanity. This vision of the future provides insight into the kind of church we should strive to create here and now.

In 2016, Bridgetown Church began waking up to the myth of a post-racial America. Since then, we have felt the Spirit moving us from being mono-cultural to becoming a multi-ethnic expression of the Kingdom of God. In 2019, leaders of color gathered over multiple dinners with the pastoral team and as they shared their stories, our eyes were opened more to the need for change. And from that, in 2020, we started this journey in a more structured and sustainable way, which is why we are excited to announce the Bridgetown Church Racial Justice Committee.

 


 

 


Why do we exist?


To empower Bridgetown Church to pursue racial equity, be a conduit of cultural transformation, and cultivate an environment of unity in diversity.

How will we get there?


Create a sustainable structure for fostering racially, ethnically, and culturally inclusive and equitable practices within all aspects of Bridgetown Church through leadership and partnership.

Who are we and how do we work together?


Our work will be guided and informed by our beliefs and commitments to:

Inclusiveness: We respect each other, value diversity, and are committed to equity and equality. We are on this journey, as brothers and sisters in Christ, because of the love that we have for each other and for God.

Mutual Learning: We value honesty, authenticity, and accountability and view learning as a journey. We approach new ideas with open hands and humble hearts. We recognize that love and truth are at their best when they are hand in hand.

Embrace: We commit to being each other’s secure confidants where love hopes the best, grace is extended and received, and we embody healer and caregiver intention.

Faithfulness: We value consistency in prayer, presence, and peacemaking. We are committed to staying faithful to Jesus and the writings in the old and new testament’s, holding to their moral and spiritual vision of good and evil and human flourishing.

Togetherness: We believe that we experience and see God more holistically when spaces reflect a multiethnic, multicultural, and multigenerational community, and are bound together in love by the Holy Spirit.

 


Committee Members

The Bridgetown Racial Justice Committee has both staff and non-staff members who meet regularity as a whole and in sub-committees to lead the church toward racial justice in every aspect of life.

 

Christa Nutor, Co-Chair
Teaching Subcommittee Lead

Tiffany Flores, Co-Chair
Communities Subcommittee Lead

Jonathan Tremaine Thomas, Co-Chair
Justice, Reconciliation, & Mercy Fellow

 

Gavin Bennett
Bridgetown Staff, Pastor of Communities

Deidre Burton
Women Subcommittee Lead

Jarin Oda
Youth Subcommittee Lead

 

Natalie Correll
Bridgetown Staff, Pastor of Communities

Hakeem Bradley
Teaching Subcommittee Lead

Dara Bankole
Music Subcommittee Lead

 

Joy Mulumba
Prayer Subcommittee Lead

Gabriel Flores
Communities Subcommittee Lead

Christian Dawson
Music Subcommittee Lead

 

Tyler Staton
Bridgetown Staff, Lead Pastor

Kylee Logan
Communications Subcommittee Lead

Tyler Hanns
Bridgetown Staff, Creative Director

 

Stephanie Quint
Prayer Subcommittee Lead

Tre’ Giles
Hospitality Subcommittee Lead

Bethany Allen
Bridgetown Staff, Pastor of Spiritual Formation & Leadership Development

 

Joy Schlichter
Kids Subcommittee Lead

 


Connect With Us

Let us know if you would like to connect with any of the members on our Racial Justice Committee. Also, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us.

 


Apply to the Committee

If you care deeply about racial justice and a multi-cultural expression of church at Bridgetown, we would love to have you become a part of the Racial Justice Committee. Apply to join a subcommittee.

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