Building Bridges Instead of Barriers: Reforming Race Relationships in the Church

Purpose of the Conference

The purpose of this conference is to serve and to strengthen the Body of Christ by proposing and exploring biblically Reformed ways of thinking about the subject of race relationships within the church. In addition, we wish to proffer practical suggestions as to how we might more effectively build bridges across ethnic lines within the church in order to achieve greater unity for the sake of Christ and His Gospel.

Registration is FREE!

This conference is completely free to attend. We ask you to register to give us an accurate head count for meals.


Dr. Anthony B. Bradley
H.B. Charles
Dennis E. Johnson
Terry L. Johnson
Rev. Joel E. Kim, Ph.D.
Diane L. Olinger, J.D.
Mark Robinson
Rev. Alan D. Strange, Ph.D.
Rev. Eric Watkins, Ph.D.
Alicia Williams
Gabriel J. Williams, Jr. Ph.D.

All of the speakers, including the conference coordinator, are theologically conservative evangelicals who are committed to the inerrancy and infallibility of Scripture, salvation by faith alone through grace alone in Christ alone, and are members in good standing of their respective churches.


6 pm Doors open, Book table open
7:00 Special Music, Welcome, Prayer
7:10 "Regarding No One According to the Flesh" - H.B. Charles
8:00 Panel: Why is this topic important—and difficult?
9:15 Doors close

8:30 am Doors open—free coffee!
9:00 Special Music, Welcome, Prayer
9:10 “Neither ‘Us’ Nor ‘Them,’ But a New Creation” - Dennis Johnson
9:55 “Recovering the Spirituality of the Church in Post-Slavery America” - Alan Strange
10:40-11:00 Break: Book table, coffee
11:00 Panel: What can we learn from the past?
11:45-1:00 Lunch
1:00 pm Special Music, Welcome, Prayer
1:10 “Five Theses for Reforming Race Relationships in the Church” - Mark Robinson
1:55 “Hyphenated Reality: The Asian American Experience in America” - Joel Kim
2:40-3:00 Break: Book table, coffee
3:00 “A Case Study on Diversity and Christian Education: Phil-Mont Christian Academy" - Diane Olinger
3:45 “Race and Rhetoric: Honoring Christ with our Words” - Gabriel Williams
4:30 Panel: Social justice and the church: A female’s perspective
5:30-7:00 Dinner
7:00 Special Music, Welcome, Prayer
7:10 “Is Reformed Worship Eurocentric? - Terry Johnson
7:55 “When Your Hand Is on the Plow: A View From the Pew“ - Alicia Williams
9:15 Doors close

8:30 am Doors open—free coffee!
9:00 Welcome, Prayer, Hymn Together
9:10 “How Evangelicalism Undermined Reformed Applications of Cosmic Redemption to Racial Issues - Anthony Bradley
9:55 9:55 Panel: Building Bridges together for Christ and his Church
10:40-11 Break: Book table, coffee
11 “The Hermeneutics of Race And the Crisis of Contemporary Preaching - Eric Watkins
12:30 Doors close

Sunday Services at Covenant
9:45 Sunday School
11:00 Morning Worship (Mark Robinson Preaching)
5:00 Evening Worship (Alan Strange Preaching)

Who Should Come?

You and anyone from your church (including lay people) as well as ministers, elders or those in training who may be interested in the important topic of the church and race relationships.

How must does it cost?

The conference is completely FREE! There will also be free meals provided for lunch and dinner.


The conference is hosted by Covenant OPC at Anastasia Baptist Church in St. Augustine Beach: 1650 A1A S, St Augustine, FL 32080

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Conference Coordinator

Rev. Eric B. Watkins, PhD.


Phone: 904-803-2287


Please register if you plan on attending the event. It will only take a few seconds. See you in January!

Hotel Options

Courtyard Marriott: Book your group rate for The Covenant Presbyterian Church Room Block

Hilton Garden Inn, St. Augustine Beach

Feel free to search online for other hotel options near the conference location.

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