"My experiences with Starlight and EGC have single-handedly informed the career I’ve chosen and continue to provide the encouragement to keep on pressing forward in the face of poverty and brokenness."
Tracey is a public defender for The Legal Aid Society in New York City. Tracey has represented over 2,000 clients in New York City criminal court and additionally provides legal help at a local church for people who are homeless.
"Emmanuel Gospel Center is emerging as an important force for uniting Christians in the Boston area for the strength of the gospel."
Vito Nicastro is the Co-Director and Founding Fellow of The Institute for Christian Unity. He has worked in Ecumenism since 1990 and published a book entitled From Division to Christian Unity. He is Associate Director of the Office for Ecumenical and Inter-religious Affairs of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston and serves on the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation.
"Our growth at Route One has been fully supported by the Gospel Center. It is an example of how EGC seeks to not only support churches, but also works to see that the surrounding communities are being impacted."
Joy Winters-Snowden is an emerging leader working with Route One Ministries (Springfield Site Coordinator) and a student at Gordon-Conwell. Her hard work and compassionate heart for exploited women has contributed to Route One's significant growth in the Springfield area, where Route One now has access to all four local strip clubs.
"EGC prepared me for leadership to serve students using clinical counseling and movement therapy."
Interning with the Boston Education Collaborative, Shannon used her skills in expressive therapy to work with high school students dealing with trauma. Shannon helped interrupt the cycle of violence within one Boston public school by training and mobilizing students to do peer crisis intervention and helping to design a peace day event that gave students healthy outlets to express their reactions to traumatic experiences.
Rev. Torli Krua
“EGC gives immigrants and refugees a sense of 1st century Christian community in 21st century America."
Rev. Torli Krua integrates church planting and human rights advocacy to serve refugees from 38 countries, while using every opportunity to challenge the church to recognize this mission field on our doorstep. Rev. Krua has appeared before congressional committees on immigration issues and has been recognized by the National Lawyers Guild and the Peace Corp for his advocacy work.
Alicia Greenaway, Esq.
Alicia Greenaway, Esq., is the founder of Esther Generation, a project where interlocking circles of Christian women use music, fashion, and community organizing to lead on important social and humanitarian issues.
"I am deeply grateful for the support and encouragement of the Woven staff at EGC. I am excited about their analytical abilities and their capacities to engage on a thoughtful level."
Dr. Soong-Chan Rah
“Doug and Judy Hall of the Emmanuel Gospel Center are truly an inspiration of faithfulness in ministry and in scholarship. EGC’s research provided the initial spark for the writing of The Next Evangelicalism.”
Dr. Rah is the author of The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity and Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church. His research and teaching offer a strong, biblical framework that has challenged and inspired numerous leaders to understand culture and multi-ethnic ministry in new and more systemic ways.
Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism, North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago
Rev. Dr. Donna Calawa
“God called me to reach my city for Christ, and EGC helped me find a way. We followed EGC’s model by first producing a comprehensive church guide so we could identify the churches and encourage collaboration."
Rev. Dr. Donna Calawa serves among 175 churches in the city of Springfield, Mass., and across the larger metro region, to inspire a growing number of Christian leaders to engage in biblically sound theological education and effective, collaborative ministry.
Rev. Dr. Donna Calawa, Director, Visions for Springfield, Springfield, Mass.
"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. Kelly is also studying urban ministry at Boston's campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Kelly Steinhaus, Executive Director of UniteBoston, 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.
Matt Crane, Fellow, Institute for Christian Unity
"My first Reflection & Learning session reminded me of why I agonize over every youth. I always leave EGC feeling invigorated and ready to work harder."
Jovan Zuniga has been working with court-involved youth since 2010. He regularly participates in the BEC’s Reflection & Learning (R&L) sessions. EGC’s systems thinking strategies have helped Jovan to discern a young person’s whole system: probation officers, schools, parents, and everyone wanting to help that person succeed. Of the graduates from October 2013 to October 2014, 87% have not reoffended.
Jovan Zuniga, Director, Bridging the Gap, the Salvation Army Kroc Center of Boston, Dorchester
Kate Duprex , Ministry Leader, South Shore Baptist Church, Hingham, MA
"God is using my experiences at EGC to enthuse others. As cogs in one big motor, if everyone does something small, then all the wheels will be put in motion."
From 2010-2014, Kate Duprex prepared a weekly lunch for Starlight’s Tuesday Bible study. Soon, Kate was asked to co-lead a ministry at her church called GraceWorks, which mobilizes the congregation to meet the community’s tangible needs. Today, the South Shore Baptist Church works in partnership with several homeless organizations, including a monthly meal at a local motel and a distribution of children’s clothing, toys and books.
Rev. Dr. Thomas St. Louis, Co-Founder and Senior Pastor, New Covenant Church of Cambridge, Waltham, Mass.
“Emmanuel Gospel Center has been very helpful to my ministry, the New Covenant Church of Cambridge. EGC has meant a lot to my church since 1984 and still is a great asset for us.”
Rev. Dr. Thomas St. Louis is the pastor of, New Covenant Church of Cambridge in Waltham, Mass. His church is also committed to meeting various social needs in the community such as free health care clinics and classes in adult literacy, English as a Second Language, first-time home-buying, and more.
Minister Myra Kinds, Minister to Youth, Peoples Baptist Church, Coordinator, High Risk Youth Network
"EGC’s ministry could only be ordered by God: having the right people and agents like EGC in the right seat, globally focused. God has purposed your work to consider the entire human condition across denominational and community lines, reminding us always that we are family."
Minister Myra Kind has worked with inner-city youth for over 14 years. She is a Youth Minister at Peoples Baptist Church in Boston and was the coordinator of the High Risk Youth Network for almost 6 years.
Rev. Roberto Miranda, PhD, Senior Pastor, Congregación León de Judá, Boston
"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."
“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.”
Rev. Ronald Stephenson, Pastor, Spring of Water Christian Assembly, Randolph, MA; President, Greater Boston Sickle Cell Disease Association, Inc.
"In class, the concept of community-based organizations became clear to me. EGC provided me with the education, tools, mentorship, space, and support I needed."
With EGC’s fiscal sponsorship and mentoring help for start-up ministries, Ron Stephenson launched a new community-based support program for sickle cell anemia patients. Today, the GBSCDA has successfully become its own non-profit organization. Volunteers provide life-enhancing services to hundreds of patients and their families through networking, advocacy, genetic counseling, and educational scholarships.
Stefanie Wong Caesar
"EGC creates and cultivates leaders. Their passion to develop sustainable, healthy, and holistic leaders is vital for the longevity of our communities."
“EGC saw my leadership potential and invested in me as a youth. Now I am applying my education in both my personal life and ministry." Stefanie believes in the value of investing in urban youth. “If we choose not to encourage, support and mentor our young people, we are neglecting a very powerful group. I am passionate for our youth to become leaders who will boldly and positively impact their communities.”
Stefanie Wong Caesar, Alumna, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; Former Youth Leader, Tremont Temple Baptist Church, Boston