Dr. Willie Jennings is Associate Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School and the author ofThe Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race.

The Leonard F. Stoutemire Lecture in Multicultural Ministry is sponsored by the Diversity Committee of Western Theological Seminary in conjunction with the Graduate Certificate of Urban Pastoral Ministry Program. The Leonard F. Stoutemire Lectures in Multicultural Ministry are named in honor of the late Reverend Leonard Foster Stoutemire, pioneer African-American clergyman and church planter to Holland, Michigan. Though originally he wanted to enlist into missionary service on the continent of Africa, in 1944 Stoutemire migrated to Holland to plant the city’s first intentionally multiracial congregation, the All Nations Full Gospel Church of Holland.
The purpose of the lecture series is to equip seminarians, faculty, staff, alumni/ae and local congregations with resources for increased intercultural competence for greater effectiveness in Christian ministry.