In our last post featuring the first Race & Restoration Summit in Joplin, MO, we share the panel discussion, Intentional Multi-Ethnic Church Planting.
The Summit concluded on Wednesday afternoon with a candid conversation about the challenges and rewards of church planting in multi-ethnic communities. Facilitated by Matt Mueller of Everyday Church, panelists and pastors, Derrick Puckett of Renewal Church of Chicago, Matt McGue of One Church in Jackson, MS, Jordan Rice of Renaissance Church in Harlem and Watson Jones III of Restoration Church in Philadelphia shared about their journey to spread the Gospel among diverse groups. Watch the video.
About the Panel
Matt is originally from St. Louis, MO and now works with an orchard group church plant (Everyday Christian Church) and lives with his beautiful wife Kala in New York City. He’s passionate about youth ministry, multi-ethnic ministry, and racial reconciliation.
Matt is the founding pastor of ONE Church, in Ridgeland, MS. He experienced the forgiveness and grace of God when he was in high school and it was just a few months later when he dedicated his life to pastoring and preaching.
Jordan L. Rice is a Christ follower, husband to Jessica, daddy to Jameson, native New Yorker, attorney, widower, hopeless Knicks fan and church planter. In 2000, Jordan became a follower of Christ while in college, began teaching a Bible study, and shortly thereafter discovered a desire to pursue ministry. Notwithstanding that desire, Jordan completed law school, and after finding himself unable to satiate his aspiration for ministry, enrolled in Seminary.
Derrick grew up near Chicago in Gary, Indiana, spending chapters of his youth between the two neighboring cities. As a high school student, Derrick was introduced to Christ through a relationship with a young woman, Kaley, who would later become his wife. They matriculated at Indiana University and quickly became involved with Campus Crusade Ministries while they earned their degrees. Blessed with a natural ability to lead others, the couple eventually became leaders within Campus Crusade.
Watson was born and raised on Chicago’s south side. After struggling with gang life, drugs, and a life of hopelessness, at the age of 14 Watson submitted his life to Jesus Christ. Out of a desire to see his school reached by the gospel, Watson began preaching the gospel to his friends and schoolmates. During this time, the Lord began to stir in him a deep desire to see lost people found in Jesus Christ. Watson discovered that the Lord was calling him to preach and pastor.