Acts 1:8 was Jesus final command to his disciples and us: to take His Word to Jerusalem, Samaria and the ends of the earth. What does that look like for us today? How can we live out the whole Gospel in our areas of influence? On this edition of Equipped, Chris and John P. Perkins will take a fresh look at Acts 1:8 – bringing hope and guidance to our communities by proclaiming and demonstrating the Gospel message!
John P. Perkins is the Lead Pastor of Common Ground Covenant Church, a multi-ethnic missional church in Jackson, MS. John developed his vision for Common Ground while serving as the President and CEO of the Spencer Perkins Center and John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation, a Christian non-profit that focused on youth and community development in the heart of West Jackson. His commitment to meeting the "holistic' needs of his neighbors in West Jackson, where John lives with his bride, Patrice, and 3 children. His family, whom John refers to as his "first flock," works together to undergird Common Ground's mission of Christian Community Development.
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 6 children, Christopher, Zewditu, Cameron, Judah, Sophia, and Christyana.