"The Emmanuel Gospel Center is a national model of local and global kingdom work. I am proud to serve this organization that has, and continues to serve so many.”
Rev. Emmett G. Price III, Ph.D. is Dean of the Chapel (Hamilton Campus), Professor of Worship, Church & Culture and founding executive director of the Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is also the founding pastor of Community of Love Christian Fellowship in the Allston neighborhood of Boston and a member of the EGC Board of Directors.
“The staff at EGC are deeply invested in and excited about their work, and I think their foundation in Christ and hope of the Gospel allows them to work with energy and cohesion uncommon in most work environments.” - Evangeline Kennedy, ARC Intern
ARC was blessed with a summer cohort of five interns, all of whom contributed in significant ways to our work. These emerging leaders did community interviews, transcriptions, data analysis and mapping, graphic design, literature review, archiving, and blog writing. They courageously covered important topics that included affordable housing, foster care, the Black Church, public health, and urban youth voices.
"God has used this ministry, not just to educate me about our country's history, but about the state of my heart, and more importantly, the state of God's heart."
Kate Wolcott participated in a year-long learning community RCCI hosted for white evangelicals desiring to learn about issues related to race. As a result, she came to see herself and others differently and began taking reconciling actions. This included volunteering under the leadership of a woman of color at work to facilitate talks on race, investing in ongoing conversations about race with her family, and thinking of ways to intentionally diversify the influences on her life.
Rev. David Wright
"Understanding Living Systems is the critical next step in the development of effective ministry, especially in the urban context."
Rev. Wright is the executive director of the Black Ministerial Alliance, an organization that helps churches, ministries, and non-profits work together to engage communities in Boston. Rev. Wright is also an associate minister at the Peoples Baptist Church in Boston, where he serves as assistant to the Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Wesley A. Roberts.
"I feel as if I really started understanding God at a better level when I came here to Boston."
Cherchaela Spellen is a Boston College Graduate School of Social Work student who interned at EGC'c Boston Educational Collaborative. Cherchaela was the faciliator for the Making Youth Voices Heard initiative, a collaboration for community learning and action among youth, social work students, non-profit programs, and community members.
Rev. Roberto Miranda, PhD
"Over the years, the EGC staff have been an abundant source of institutional counsel, modeling and collaboration for me personally as well as for our congregation."
Rev. Roberto Miranda is the Senior Pastor of Congregación León de Judá, Boston. “Congregación León de Judá began its life in the winter of 1982 in a space graciously facilitated by EGC on San Juan Street. The Latino pastoral community in New England has benefitted immensely from our long-term collaborative work with EGC on the Instituto para la Excelencia Pastoral project.”
"I really appreciate EGC and what they've done to support me. They laid out a strong biblical foundation on how Christians are called to serve and love our refugee neighbors."
Saranya is an Ambassador with GBRM, and a member of the Justice Engagement Team (JET) at Antioch Church. JET is a group that actively seeks out opportunities to love and to serve our community and the city of Boston.
"EGC has really been the Institute's home base in so many important ways. They have nurtured our mission and ministry, not least by providing a physical, intellectual and spiritual space that has also been a safe space from where we have pursued much of our principal objective of bringing the Church, in all of her remarkable diversity, closer together."
Matt Crane is the Director of Christian Education for the Presbyterian Church in Sudbury, MA. He also serves as a Fellow with the Institute for Christian Unity. His work at the Institute is to participate in promoting and serving the unity of the Christian Church by his involvement in dialogue that fosters Christian unity, mentoring ministry associates who have a passion for the unity of the Church and implementing initiatives that bring Christians together to engage in the practical, relational work of Christian unity.
"The relationship between the First Baptist Church and Starlight Ministries has been invaluable. This partnership has helped shape my approach to ministering to the homeless."
Taryn Johnson is an advocate for those affected by homelessness. Partnering with Starlight Ministries, she helped start "Sharing in the Square," a prayer and outreach walk through Central Square in Cambridge. Taryn is an active member at First Baptist Church in Cambridge, and has helped inspire her church community to get involved in the fight against homelessness.
"There were no Route One volunteers when I was dancing (in the clubs), and it would have been great if they were there. I would have left sooner, I am sure. That is why I keep doing Route One. That is why Route One matters."
Sally has served as an outreach volunteer with Route One for nearly 3 years. She uses her experience as a sex trafficking survivor to share her story and bring a special way of ministering into the strip clubs.
Nancy Brown, Mimi Karys
"This experience was much more than just making and giving out mittens, but an opportunity to enter into the life of people experiencing homelessness."
This year, Nancy and Mimi took an innovative step in serving at Starlight Ministries. They utilized fleece and sewing materials found in Starlight's closet to facilitate a mitten-making event at their church to give away to people in need. Mimi and Nancy invited friends that they had known from Starlight Ministries' drop in center to join in the event. It turned out to be a powerful time for people at the church to be working side by side with women that were from circumstances so different from their own. Nancy and Mimi's vision is to use events like these as opportunities to build relationships between her church and people experiencing homelessness.
"Building bridges across various Christian traditions and cultures can be extremely difficult. EGC came alongside me in cultivating the vision for Christian unity that God has given me. Without their support and encouragement to persevere, I wouldn't be the leader that I am today."
Kelly Steinhaus is the founding director of UniteBoston, a ministry that builds relational connections across denominations and ethnic groups in Boston. Fueled by EGC's teaching concept of Living System Ministry, UniteBoston runs an online events calendar, encourages inter-church worship movements, and facilitates collaborative service days for churches in Boston.
"Finding a job always is a big challenge for refugees. My biggest desire for saffron is to import it to the US....It has a lot of benefits for you, and by doing that, I can bring a lot of benefits to my country, too."
Zaynab was in the middle of pursuing a business degree in her country of Afghanistan when she had to flee for her life. After a long journey, she came to Boston two years ago as a refugee. Gradually she reoriented to her new context, all the while maintaining her desire to pursue business. Zaynab currently serves as a valuable member of the GBRM team, consulting on questions of culture and language. She speaks to local groups about her experience and perspective. She is once again studying for her degree, while starting a business that sells Afghan saffron in the US and empowers women in her home country.