The United States has locked up more people in jails and prisons than any other country in the history of mankind. Mass incarceration is now a lucrative business for some. And that needs to change. But what does it mean to Rethink Incarceration? What role does the Church and every one of us play in helping reform and indeed, rethink our approach to mass incarceration. Join Craig and Ernest as today's guest helps us Rethink Incarceration from a Biblical standpoint.
Dominique DuBois Gilliard is the Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the Love Mercy Do Justice initiative of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). He is the author of Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores, which won the 2018 Book of the Year Award for InterVarsity Press.
An ordained minister, Dominique DuBois Gilliard has served in pastoral ministry in Atlanta, Chicago, and Oakland. He was executive pastor of New Hope Covenant Church in Oakland, California and also served in Oakland as the associate pastor of Convergence Covenant Church. He was also a campus minister at North Park University and the racial righteousness director for ECC’s ministry initiatives in the Pacific Southwest Conference. Gilliard earned a bachelor’s degree in African American Studies from Georgia State University and a master’s degree in history from East Tennessee State University, with an emphasis on race, gender, and class in the United States. He also earned an MDiv from North Park Seminary, where he served as an adjunct professor teaching Christian ethics, theology, and reconciliation.
Resource: Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating Justice That Restores by Dominique DuBois Gilliard
As co-host of the Just Gospel Podcast, Dr. Craig Hendrickson brings a great deal of ministry, teaching, and research experience in the areas of multiethnic and cross-cultural ministry. Before joining the faculty at Moody four years ago, Dr. Hendrickson served for sixteen years as a pastor, urban missionary, and campus minister in various multiethnic and cross-cultural environments. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Missional Leadership at MBI, and holds a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Seminary.
Ernest Gray Jr. is the pastor of Keystone Baptist Church located in the West Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago. He is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute with a degree in Pastoral Ministries, and a graduate of Wheaton College with a Master’s Degree in Biblical Exegesis. He is working to finish his PhD coursework at McMaster Divinity College and has taught in the undergraduate school of Moody in the areas of Hermeneutics, first-year Greek Grammar, General Epistles, the Gospel of John, and Senior Seminar. It is Rev. Gray’s hope to impact the African American church through scholarship. Teaching has been one way that God has blessed him to live this out.
Just Gospel explores challenging questions about racial reconciliation, justice, and multicultural ministry. Listeners join a conversation between Dr. Craig Hendrickson and Professor Ernest Gray, along with insights from regular guests and noted leaders. Each program helps churches live out the gospel, offering a thoughtful mix of biblical teaching, respectful dialog, and penetrating social analysis.