Athletics, Race, and Christianity (ARC) Talks
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John Onwuchekwa is an Atlanta-based pastor, entrepreneur, author, and speaker. As a deep reader and world traveler, John brings an informed and global perspective to all his pursuits. He is one of the founding pastors of Cornerstone Church and co-founder of Portrait Coffee—both in the Historic West End of Atlanta. These endeavors are ways in which he hopes to restore a sense of family, dignity, and hope to their neighborhood.
John is also a Baylor University graduate who served as a student manager for Scott Drew’s basketball program in 2005. He holds a master's degree in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Church Leadership & Community Witness from Emory’s Candler School of Theology. John has authored several books. His most recent book, We Go On: Finding Purpose in All of Life's Sorrows and Joys, was published in January 2022 with Zondervan.
Christina Edmondson, PhD
For over a decade, Christina Edmondson served in a variety of leadership roles in higher education, including recently as Dean for Intercultural Student Development at Calvin University. She holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Tennessee State University, as well as a master's degree in Family Therapy from the University of Rochester and a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Hampton University.
As a Certified Cultural Intelligence facilitator and mental health therapist, Dr. Edmondson frequently consults with and serves churches, universities, and other organizations seeking assistance with leadership development, anti-racism, and mental health issues. She is one of the co-hosts of the Truth's Table podcast, and her forthcoming book with Chad Brennan, Faithful Antiracism: Moving Past Talk to Systemic Change, will be published with InterVarsity Press in March 2022.
About the ARC Talks
A joint venture between the Faith & Sports Institute, Baylor Athletics, and Truett Seminary’s Black Church Studies Program, the Athletics, Race, & Christianity (ARC) Talks launched in 2021. We bring in thought leaders and prominent voices from the church, academy, and sports world to spark meaningful dialogue in the Baylor community and beyond. The end goal is transformation that leads to greater unity and justice.
- Baylor Athletics — John_Maurer@baylor.edu
- Black Church Studies Program — Malcolm_Foley@baylor.edu
- Faith & Sports Institute — Paul_Putz@baylor.edu
Past ARC Talks
- Speakers: Sam Acho, Simone Charley, Esau McCaulley, Dani Price
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