Sometimes creating change means first seeing the other side of the issue. Pastor James White sits down to share his experiences of crossing the dividing lines and challenging the framework of the world in which he found himself. Join us as we learn of Pastor White’s passion for authentically teaching Scripture and leading others to see how understanding race, culture, and diversity can help us to create systems of belonging where everyone can thrive.

Guest Bio
James White has served as the senior pastor of Christ Our King Community Church since its inception. He is a gifted expository Bible teacher, speaker, historian, thought leader, writer, and culture creator. He is originally from Barco, North Carolina, and is a graduate of East Carolina University. After graduation, he joined the full-time staff of Cru, formally known as Campus Crusade for Christ.

Through his work, life, and leadership, God has truly cultivated his calling as a grace-filled leader. As a marketplace leader, he serves as the executive vice president of the Center for Social Impact for the YMCA of the North in Minneapolis. In addition, he is also a senior fellow for The Sagamore Institute. He is a sought-after consultant, speaker, and facilitator for several organizations and companies on issues concerning cultural transformation through diversity, equity, and inclusion.

James’s life continues to be shaped and graced through his 36 years of “covenant partnership” with his wife, Cynthia, and their three adult children.

Notes & Quotes
• “[The realities of my racial identity and faith] were always intertwined because the Bible in many ways is a tool that provides freedom and hope.”

• “God often does things with unnamed, unknown people, but then He creates something. He does something … and the only way you could explain it is God.”

• “A lot of my Bible teaching came out of not wanting to distort what God is really saying and really honoring both … liberation, but the expectation that the gospel and Scripture really have.”

• “Change happens when we create systems so that all can thrive.”

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Verses Mentioned
Matthew 5:38–39