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Interview: Bryan Loritts and Oneya Okuwobi on Multiethnic Ministry

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This article was published in Faithfully Magazine No. 3 (Summer 2018).

Bryan Loritts is lead pastor of Abundant Life Church in Silicon Valley, California. In 2003, Loritts co-founded Fellowship Memphis, a multiethnic church in Tennessee, and later founded the Kainos Movement, an organization committed to seeing the multiethnic church become the new normal in our world. He is the editor of Letters to a Birmingham Jail: A Response to the Words and Dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Right Color, Wrong Culture: The Type of Leader Your Organization Needs to Become Multiethnic, and several other award-winning books.

Oneya Okuwobi is director of TranscendCulture, providing curriculum and coaching to help multicultural and multiethnic churches thrive. Okuwobi also volunteers as director of Multicultural Education at Peoples Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, and co-authored The Multi-Ethnic Christian Life Primer, an eight-week personal devotional and small group study on multiethnic life and church.

Loritts and Okuwobi were interviewed individually after each spoke at Catalyst Cincinnati ( Although they minister in different regions of the country, their individual conversations about multiethnic church ministry reveal similar challenges, offer similar suggestions, and find similar encouragement.

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