That’s what Perry admits to his African American brother in Jesus. Derwin Gray. That admission is key to healing the racial wounds in America. Dr. Derwin Gray is the Co-Founder (with his bride Vicki) and Lead Pastor of Transformation Church. Derwin played in the NFL for 6 years and during his run with the Indianapolis Colts a teammate led him to Jesus. Derwin has his Doctor of Ministry degree from Northern Seminary and is author of How To Heal Our Racial Divide and Building a Multiethnic Church.
First, do we really have to have Black History Month?? Then, to move forward we must look back to heal the racial divide in America: (1.2 million Black GI’s were promised the GI Bill after WW2 but didn’t get it). Next, you’re gonna make enemies if you pursue racial reconciliation. Then, Jesus isn’t a Democrat and he not a Republican. Whew! Last, the beautiful move of God at Transformation Church, a church of every color and every generation expressing the beauty of Jesus to the world.
Perry LaHaie's passion is to know Jesus and make Him known. “I’m all in with Jesus but not all put together. I need Jesus right now as much as I did when I first started following Him!” Perry says. In addition to co-hosting Perry and Shawna Mornings, Perry is a singer, songwriter, recording artist, and advocate for those who haven’t yet heard the gospel, especially those in the Muslim world. Born and raised in northern Michigan, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a graduate degree in Cross- cultural Communications. Perry also serves with Frontiers, a worldwide ministry to Muslims. Perry and his bride, Teresa, call Holland, Michigan home. They have two adult children, Kali and Taylor, and Taylor’s bride, Bri.
Shawna Beyer has a way of telling stories that create personal connection— to her, to one another, and to God. She has been a homeschool mom, church planter, project lead for a consulting company, and church staff member. Though she’s been involved in ministry with her husband (Dan) in Iowa, Arizona, and now Michigan, she was born and raised in Southern California and as they say, “You can take the girl out of California . . .” She is mom to four grown kids (Bryn, Drayson, Eden, and Haven) who no longer need her but humor her anyway. Shawna is passionate about the rhythms we weave into the fabric of our lives to fall more in love with God each day. Healthy foods are her go-to, but she will abandon that whole track in a heartbeat for a homemade cinnamon roll like Grandma used to make.
The Perry and Shawna Podcast: Real life conversations reminding you that you’re Abba’s child and that you’re blessed to be a blessing and loved to share Jesus’ love.