Deep South, Deep Change : Learning from multiethnic churches


Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – Noon
Location: Riverside Community Church (2925 Devine St.)
Speaker: Casey Williams, Senior Pastor of North Trehnholm Baptist



Deep South Deep Change Presentation (click to download/open) – This pdf has lots of stats and figures from the talk and will be helpful to reference as you listen.

About this event:

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a lecture at Western Michigan University in 1963 where he called for the realization that, “We must face the fact that in America the church is still the most segregated major institution in America. At 11:00 on Sunday morning when we stand and sing that Christ has no east or west, we stand at the most segregated hour in this nation.” [1]

Though most people can clearly see the lack of diversity within our churches, there is no denying the ever-present shifts that have been and are currently taking place within our country with ethnicities as a whole. Most sociologist detect that the current population trends leading into the year 2050 indicate that the majority of the United States will no longer be comprised of one predominant ethnicity [2] and our region is 10-20% more diverse than the country as a whole. One of the most pressing issues that the church will have to face in the midst of this undeniable cultural and ethnic diversification will be whether or not they are willing to do what it takes to resemble their context. Churches that do not have a theological conviction for multiethnic ecclesiology may quickly begin to realize they’ve become contextually irrelevant as they begin to take missiological steps to engage their context and develop methodological strategies to reflect the diversity in their area. In our time together, we hope to share what can be learned from some theologically, intentionally and strategically multiethnic churches.

[1] Bob Smietana.
[2] Rah, Soong-Chan. The Next Evangelicalism: Releasing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity. (Downer Grove, IL: IVP Books. 2009), 14.


About Casey Williams:

Casey Williams is the senior pastor of North Trenholm Baptist Church in Columbia. He grew up in Houston, Texas, before his family moved to Mississippi, where he became a follower of Christ at the age of 16. He began serving churches at age 18 and has preached at churches and youth events across the Southeast. He earned a bachelor’s degree in religion from William Carey College and a master of divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is pursuing a doctorate in intercultural studies from Western Seminary in Portland, Ore. Casey previously served on the staffs of churches in Mississippi and Louisiana. He and his wife, Kate, have three children.