Imani and Kayla are the best of friends who are learning to celebrate their different skin colors. As they look around them at the amazing colors in nature, they can see that their skin is another example of God’s creativity! This joyful story takes a new approach to discussing race: instead of being colorblind, we can choose to celebrate each color God gave us and be colorFULL instead.
Hi, I’m Dorena!
My passion for diversity stems from growing up in a Pastor’s home that welcomed missionaries and people from around the world. In college I met and fell in love with Chris, and in 1992 as newlyweds, we moved to Nashville, TN to further Chris’ Christian rap musical career.
But God had a different plan; He took a Baptist-raised couple, connected us to a Presbyterian, wealthy white church in a historic civil war town, to do urban ministry in the low-income black community.
After watching people come together across racial, economic, and denominational lines, in 1995 we said “yes” to God’s call to plant Strong Tower Bible Church, a multicultural body of believers. Diversity has marked my teaching and worship leading around the world, and I’ve been blessed to contribute to a wide variety of worship music projects. Currently I work as a stylist for Evereve, a national fashion and styling company.
My greatest gifts are the four wonderful children that Chris and I have raised, ages 14, 17, 22 and 24. With the love of a mother and the wisdom of a longtime racial bridge builder, I am passionate about producing literary work that will impact the next generation towards lasting change.
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