Pastoring the
Multiracial Church

June 20-21, 2019

Ohio State University Campus


A unique conference dedicated to sharing practical knowledge based on research generated from the Religious Leadership and Diversity Project (RLDP), the most comprehensive study of U.S. multiracial church head clergy ever conducted.

A more intimate conference that will foster opportunities to build connections with other religious practitioners from across religious affiliations who are interested in fostering racial and ethnic diversity in their organizations.

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June 20


Ohio Union

1739 N. High Street

Columbus, OH 43210


June 21


Hale Black Cultural Center

154 W. 12th Street

Columbus, OH 43210


Thursday, June 20
3:00 pm
3:15 pm – 3:45 pm
What is the RLDP?
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Value of Diverse Research
5:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Plenary I
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday, June 21
9:00 am – 9:30 am
Continental Breakfast
9:30 am – 10:15 am
Plenary II
10:30 am – 11:15 am
Plenary III
11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Plenary IV
12:15 pm – 2:00 pm
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Workshop Period I
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
Workshop Period II
5:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Open Q&A
5:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Closing Remarks


Dr. Korie Edwards​_Website Picture
Dr. Korie L. Edwards is Principal Investigator of the Religious Leadership and Diversity Project (RLDP) and a leading scholar of race and religion in the United States.  She is also a professor in the Department of Sociology at The Ohio State University and Past-President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Dr. Korie Edwards

Dr. Rebecca Kim​_Website Picture
Rebecca Y. Kim is the Frank R. Seaver Chair of Social Science. She is Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Ethnic Studies program at Pepperdine University. She specializes in immigration, race, and religion and has published widely on such topics, particularly related to Asian Americans and Korean Christianity.

Dr. Rebecca Kim

Oneya Okuwobi​_Website Picture

Oneya Fennell Okuwobi is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology studying race and religion at The Ohio State University. Oneya’s research interrogates how diverse organizations impact racial inequality.

Oneya Okuwobi, Ph.D Candidate OSU

Rich Johnson​_Website Picture
Rich Johnson is the pastor of Sanctuary Columbus Church where he is uniquely focused on multiplying healthy followers of Christ who cherish diversity and commit to service. In his 20 years of ministry, he's discovered a passion for speaking, helping to grow others, and networking leaders together as an expression of being one body in Christ.

Rev. Rich Johnson

Dr. Kersten Bayt Priest​_Website Picture
Kersten Bayt Priest is Associate Professor of Sociology at Indiana Wesleyan University. Her interdisciplinary training spans Biblical Studies, anthropology and sociology. She has published two ethnographic research analyses on U.S. multi-racial congregations (Oxford University Press 2007) and recently researched worship in diverse congregations with Korie Edwards (2014-2019).

Dr. Kersten Bayt Priest


Blackwell Inn

2110 Tuttle Park Pl, Columbus, OH 43210

The Blackwell Inn is located on the campus of Ohio State University. Please call the Blackwell Inn (614-247-4000) to book your stay.  When you contact the hotel, mention you are attending the Pastoring the Multiracial Church Conference to receive the group rate ($155/night). The reservation must be be made by Friday, May 31 to receive the group rate, which is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Additionally, the Blackwell Inn offers complimentary airport transportation. To arrange airport transportation, contact the hotel’s concierge at (614) 247-4000.  Please be sure to schedule airport transportation at least 48 hours in advance. Click here for the shuttle schedule. Additionally, valet parking is available for all guests and attendees.  Overnight parking rates are $20 and may be applied to your room.

*Registrants are responsible for their own travel & hotel accommodations

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