Jerome Douglas: Pastoral Intern at Christ Community Presbyterian Church

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Jerome Douglas is currently an MDiv student at Reformed Theological Seminary Orlando, working in brand marketing by day, and also as a pastoral intern at Christ Community Presbyterian Church. He lives with his wife, Dr. Analise Douglas, and their daughter, December, in Hartford, Connecticut.  Born and raised in D.C., his best friend first introduced him […]

Shanez Padgett: Director of Worship and Media Arts at Christ Community Church

Shanez Padgett

Born and raised in a rural South Carolina town, Shanez Padgett is now Director of Worship and Media Arts at Christ Community Church, Batesburg-Leesville, about an hour outside of Columbia, SC. In addition to his worship gig, he has a full-time job in Lexington. Batesburg-Leesville may be small, but, as Shanez describes it, it “has […]

Why Do We Stay – Part 2

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The hosts of Between the Pew recorded a special episode exploring the question “Why do we stay?” In the first half of the episode, the AAM staff answered the question themselves.  In addition to asking the AAM staff, Jenell asked a handful of Black people in the PCA to answer the question “Why Do You […]

Why Do We Stay – Part 1

LDR 2022

The hosts of Between the Pew recorded a special episode exploring the question “Why do we stay?” The question itself is more complex than it seems, and, within the denomination, there may be as many answers as Black attendees. The AAM team spent time discussing their own answers. Who’s Asking? To Howard Brown, when a […]

Karen Ellis: An Ecclesiastical Journey

Karen Ellis

Karen Ellis is the director of the Edmiston Center of the Study of the Bible and Ethnicity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. She also serves as the Robert Cannada Fellow for World Christianity at Reformed Theological Seminary.   Karen was born and raised in Baltimore. Her parents helped to integrate Northwest Baltimore, and […]

Reuben and Golda Amlalo: From Ghana to the PCA

Reuben and Golda Amlalo smiling in a boat on the water

Reuben and Golda Amlalo are a Ghanaian couple currently residing in Baltimore, Maryland, where Reuben serves at Faith Christian Fellowship. The couple is from Accra, Ghana, where they lived until they were 14 and 15 years old, respectively. Golda is a speech language pathologist who graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where […]

Justin Jordan: Thriving in the PCA

Justin Jordan

Justin Jordan, a Black Eagle Scout born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, jokes that, as a child, he was “one of them drug babies. My mom drug me to church.” Whether he wanted to be there or not, every Sunday he was at Sunday school, the first or the 11 o’clock service and serving […]

Kari Thomas: On Community in the Church

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To those from outside Mississippi, Kari Thomas claims Jackson as her hometown. But to those in the know, she hails from Pearl, a town she calls “one of the cooler suburbs in the area.” Thomas is a member of Redeemer Church, PCA, in Jackson, Mississippi, is manager at Chipper and Coco, a pet store in […]

Jason Francoeur: Howard University’s First RUF Intern

Jason Francoeur and his family relocated to Florida from Kenscoff, Haiti, and Jason is proud of his roots. Despite his age, he already has a breadth and depth of experience serving in the church — from preaching and teaching Sunday school, to choir directing and managing communications. After graduating from Florida Gulf Coast University he […]

Charles Lewis: Associate Pastor of Northside Church

Between the Pew, a podcast produced by the African American Ministries (AAM), sat down with PCA teaching elder father/son duo Lance and Charles Lewis. Charles Lewis is the new associate pastor of Northside Church in Richmond, Virginia. While it might seem like having a father in ministry would have led Charles naturally to follow his […]