Amplify Live: Justice or Just Us?
A conversation with pastors Jevon Caldwell-Gross, Nicole Caldwell-Gross, and Rob Fuquay
Justice or Just Us? explores what it means to be a faith community that’s committed to anti-racist and justice-seeking work. Pastors Jevon Caldwell-Gross, Nicole Caldwell-Gross, and Rob Fuquay – who all serve at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana – developed this four-week study based on their experiences in leading the church to confront racism.
In this special conversation, they will discuss the events in their lives, at their church, and in our country that led to this commitment at St. Luke’s, and they will help us understand our Christian responsibility to oppose racism as individuals and as the church. They will cover topics such as:
- The cognitive dissonance between the church’s history of racism and our Christian call for racial justice,
- The differences between biblical justice and social activism,
- Jesus’ righteous anger and his willingness to challenge harmful structures and systems,
- The roles we individually and collectively play in perpetuating racism, and
- Strategies for starting an anti-racism movement in your own communities.
Amplify Live is a new webinar series where you get an insider’s look at what inspires your favorite leaders. This episode will be broadcast live so that you have a chance to ask Jevon, Nicole, and Rob questions about their experiences of leading their church toward a more biblical understanding of justice and racial equality.
Rev. Dr. Jevon Caldwell-Gross
Rev. Dr. Jevon Caldwell-Gross is a native of Detroit, Michigan. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kalamazoo College, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry in Transformational Leadership from Wesley Theological Seminary.
Known for his innovative, hands-on approach to ministry and community building, Jevon works alongside people from all walks of life, including youth, politicians, educators, and more, to shape and grow communities for God’s glory. He formerly served The Mark in Montclair, New Jersey, and he is now the teaching and guest experience pastor at St. Luke’s UMC in Indianapolis, Indiana, one of the largest United Methodist Churches in the nation. Outside of his regular preaching responsibilities, he has been instrumental at leading the congregational at redefining and expanding its digital footprint to reach people around the world.
In addition to co-authoring Justice or Just Us?, Jevon was a contributor to the book I’m Black. I’m Christian. I’m Methodist.
Rev. Nicole Caldwell-Gross
A gifted storyteller of the Gospel, Rev. Nicole Caldwell-Gross is an ordained minister, sought after preacher, writer, conference facilitator, coach, and millennial ministry thought leader. She served as the Director of Mission and Community Development for the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey, directing and developing missional strategies for more than 500 congregations. Currently she serves as the mobilization and outreach pastor at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, one of the largest United Methodist congregations in the United States.
Following Jesus into the physical and digital mission field, Nicole created “The Well,” a digital women’s ministry with weekly podcasts, videos, and a growing membership of hundreds of women across the country. Additionally, she spearheaded the development of antiracistindy.com, a congregational and community hub for resourcing faith leaders and communities as they lean into biblical justice and become anti-racist. She is one of the co-authors of Justice or Just Us?, available on Amplify Media.
While God’s call has led her to India, South Africa, and Cuba, her most meaningful mission field is where she resides with her partner in marriage and ministry, The Rev. Dr. Jevon Caldwell-Gross.
Rev. Rob Fuquay
Rob Fuquay was appointed the fifth senior pastor of St. Luke's United Methodist Church – one of the largest United Methodist congregations in the United States – in Indiana in 2011. Rob has led growing congregations in a variety of settings for several decades. Before moving to Indianapolis, Rob was the senior pastor of Williamson’s Chapel UMC in Mooresville, North Carolina.
Rob graduated from Pfeiffer College (now Pfeiffer University) in 1984 with a B.A. in Religion and from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 1987 with a Master of Divinity.
In addition to co-authoring Justice or Just Us? with Jevon and Nicole Caldwell-Gross, Rob is the author of several books and church-wide studies. He and his wife, Susan, have three daughters: Julie, Sarah, and Anna. He loves the mountains, hiking, playing golf, attending his daughters’ activities, exercising, traveling, and watching college basketball (yes, both Duke and Butler!).