Julian loves the Lord and is thankful the Lord loves him. He is a husband, son, brother, and friend who is based out of Atlanta, GA. Julian works both in the church and in the world. In both realms, he serves in pastoral roles, be it from the pulpit or from the piano. In the church, he has pastored a nondenominational congregation, Black Church at Yale, and has been a campus minister for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. Currently, Julian plays piano for worship services every Sunday, preaches on occasion, and writes on theology and music for various online platforms, including Sub:Culture, a para-church ministry focused on providing resources for college students of color. Julian also plays music outside of the church, primarily jazz. He is a part of the genre-bending group The JuJu Exchange, which has one foot in jazz and one foot in everything else. The group’s first record, “Exchange,” premiered at #1 on the iTunes jazz charts in 2017.
Julian received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Yale University and his Master of Divinity in Theology and Arts from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. When not playing or writing, he is enjoying life with his wife. For fun, Julian loves playing basketball, reading, and having long conversations with friends.
Lala is a wife, mom, and jane-of-most-trades. She loves building/fixing things, solving problems, and creating things with her hands. She’s been in the graphic design industry for almost 20 years specializing in print design.
Lala began her relationship with Christ in late 2007 and has spent every year since working for numerous ministries using her talent and expertise to reach the local community and beyond. Her love and surrender for Christ has allowed her to continue to know Him more.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia Catherine is a mother of two sweet girls, 6 and 3 years of age. She accepted Jesus while in college at Tennessee State University and has been intentional about using creative means to bring college students to Christ ever since. Catherine received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Master of Science in Teaching and Learning for program planning and development within an educational setting. Her current focus and career are dedicated to identifying strategies for developing, administering, evaluating, and managing educational and health programs within the Georgia Department of Public Health. She has had the opportunity to serve in a variety of ministries including the praise team and events team. Her passions include hosting and planning events, line dancing, music and hopes to use her testimony, skills in business and training to encourage students to grow closer to Jesus and to the body of Christ.
Amber Martin is on the content team with SubCulture. She provides articles, blogs, podcasts, and other forms of content on various topics including leadership development, critical thinking, and engaging culture. Her passions revolve around justice and talking about God, who loves justice. She desires to build awareness of injustices and cause dialogue, interaction, action and prayer over these injustices. Amber is also a full-time first grade teacher in the Florida Public Schools. She is in her 16th year of teaching and her love for justice was fueled by a student she had her first-year teaching, back in 2004. Her student said, “Ms. Martin, I know white people are mean. You are white. Can you make them change?” This question broke her heart and still breaks her heart. It causes her to look deeply at herself, her people, and examine how we (white people) are the problem. She has had the privilege of working in different areas of ministry for the last 19 years. Some of these include: small group leader, worship leader, children’s leader, founder of a pre-school, and prayer leader. Amber loves hanging out with her family. She has 3 nephews and a niece that she enjoys going on adventures with.
Nick is a husband and dad who loves spending time in the outdoors with his family. His favorite movie series is Star Wars and shares his love of porgs with his two little girls. Nick has spent over 10 years in the Human Resources field and enjoys assisting companies bring trust back in their leadership.
Nick began his relationship with Christ when he was a young child, but remembers his strong commitment to Christ at around 10 years old. His father has been a pastor since he was young and Nick has helped in various capacities for different ministries ever since.
Overcoming adversity has been a constant theme in the life of Sean Watkins. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, he came to the University of Texas at Austin for his education but found Jesus and a lifelong passion of justice and reconciliation. Earning a B.A. in African-American Studies and History, he served on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for twelve years in various roles locally and nationally with a focus on serving Black students and Black staff. He believes his primary calling in life is to strengthen the Black voice at the multi-ethnic table. In 2016, Sean co-planted a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural multi-denominational church in Austin, Texas, and in 2019 he earned his Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is in the process of launching his own consulting company, Four A Consulting, where he hopes to leverage his education and experience in helping majority white institutions grow in their cross-cultural competency. He is an avid comic book and sci-fi fan, and enjoys working out, watching movies, hanging out with friends, and martial arts as he holds a first-degree Black Sash in Tai Chi. For more information, check out his blog: www.smwatkins.com or follow him on Twitter: @seanisfearless.
Erin Corry grew up overseas as a journalist-kid, encountering cross-cultural living and friendships in France, Holland and Austria. She moved to the US in 2008 to pursue a BA in English at Wheaton College (MA) where she boldly informed the Lord that she would only remain in the US for undergrad, never marry and never go into full-time ministry. She's now been living in America for 12 years, married her husband Chris in 2012, and spent the last 8 years in full-time ministry through InterVarsity/USA. They have two exhausting and insanely cute little boys, Parker and Cedar, and live in Providence, RI.
Erin is passionate about anti-racism work in the Church, helping white people take steps in their education and consciousness around race and ethnicity, and the unjust birth outcomes facing Black women in America. She is an SMC Full Circle Birth Doula and founder of Ezer Birth Collective, a network of white Christian doulas stewarding financial resources to fund Black, Brown and Indigenous birth workers in her state.
Robert is originally from Illinois and grew up talking people out of their faith in Christianity only to be converted in a powerful encounter in college. He has many years of experience in cross-cultural missions, church planting, and college ministry. Additionally, while in Bible College undertook the task of learning two foreign languages, teaching himself piano and guitar, and becoming well versed in various cultural settings.
Robert's main passion is seeing people grow in their faith in a way that is not burdensome. He is passionate about studying and learning from a variety of different faith traditions, authors, etc. and disseminating that information to others.
Charity lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband and two children. She is passionate about using her love for numbers, details, and organization to partner with and serve Christian organizations.
Charity gave her life to Christ in 2011 and is passionate about seeing lives changed and relationships reconciled by the blood of Jesus. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and dancing with On The Wall Dance Company.