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Friday Five Interview: Trillia Newbell

Why should pastors embrace the goal of racial diversity in their congregations? We asked the author of a forthcoming book on race and the Church.

For today's entry in the Friday Five interview series, we catch up with Trillia Newbell. Trillia Newbell is a freelance journalist and writer. She writes on faith and family for The Knoxville News-Sentinel, and serves as managing editor for Women of God Magazine. Trillia is a frequent contributor to publications such as Desiring God, True Woman, The Gospel Coaltion, and The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Newbell has two forthcoming books published by Moody Publishers.

Today we catch up with Trillia and discuss diversity in the Church, reformed theology, and how church leaders can best serve busy moms.


As an African American woman in a biracial marriage, you've written on the importance of diversity in the church. What are some initial steps pastors and church leaders can take in creating this kind of environment?

That's a great question and honestly one that I am still exploring. But I think that the pursuit of diversity—and all things really—begins with a heart change. ...

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