Take Courage: 
How the Gospel Moves Us to Social Engagement

Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the LORD. -Psalm 31:24


Rev. Tommy Williams and Dr. Matt Russell blog as they engage in intensive learning and teaching enterprises. 


Rev. Tommy Williams

St. Paul's senior pastor, Rev. Williams, has entered into a Doctorate of Ministry program at Wesley Theological Seminary, will be immersed in short-term, intensive coursework in Charleston, SC. He will share his experiences and reflections from his classes this January: “Public Engagement” and “Challenging the Tenacity of White Supremacy in the U.S.”



Dr. Matt Russell

Dr. Russell will be teaching at the University of Cambridge with Cleve Tinsley IV, a graduate student fellow with the Religion and Public Life Program at Rice University. Their course, “Seeking the Welfare of the City,” will explore the changing dynamics of ministry in urban and multi-ethnic settings, examining how issues of post-modernity, privilege, identity, and difference represent some of the challenges that religious leaders must consciously confront. They will then travel to The American Church in Paris to preach and give a series of lectures called “Shalom and the City.”