The evangelical church in America would not be what it is today without key individuals shaping its history, men like Billy Graham and William Pannell. You may not know William Pannell, but some say he has done more to shape Evangelicalism in America, especially Black Evangelicalism, than any other one man. Professor Pannell joins Chris to discuss the journey to racial reconciliation through the Evangelical Church.
William E. Pannell joined the Fuller faculty in 1974, teaching for 40 years and receiving emeritus faculty status in 2014. The seminary recognized his tremendous service to Fuller and the church with the dedication of the William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies. Prior to joining the faculty at Fuller, Prof. Pannell pastored in Detroit and served as an evangelist with Youth for Christ and with Tom Skinner Associates.
His books include My Friend, the Enemy (Word 1968), Evangelism from the Bottom Up (Zondervan 1992), and The Coming Race Wars? A Cry for Reconciliation (Zondervan 1993). His research interests include preaching and spirituality.
Professor Pannell and his wife, Hazel, live in Altadena, California. They have two sons, Philip and Peter.
Chris Brooks is the Senior Pastor of Woodside Bible Church, a multisite congregation across the metro-Detroit area. Chris served for 20 years as the Senior Pastor of Evangel Ministries, a thriving 1600-member church in the heart of Detroit. He also served as the campus dean of Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. A popular Detroit radio host since 2005, Chris is the author of Kingdom Dreaming and Urban Apologetics. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Finance, completed his MA in Christian Apologetics at Biola University, and graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is currently pursuing a DMin degree at Asbury Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Yodit, are the proud parents of 5 children, Christopher, Zewditu, Cameron, Judah, and Sophia.