We Believe Reconciliation
is Possible Through

Prayer Relationship Equipping Mercy & Justice.

Our Story

“We’ve got to raise the conversation on reconciliation in the Church back to the common language of love."

-Dr. Perkins

In the summer of 2016, amidst racial violence and unrest, several pastors came together to seek God’s solution and to intercede on behalf of our nation: Billy & Maribeth Humphery, Garland & Eileen Hunt, Scott & Tami Free, Corey & Jade Lee, and Hazen & Hannah Stevens. It was in this gathering that the vision of OneRace was born. Shortly after, Josh & Lakisha Clemons were invited to support and help lead this initiative.

This core believed that the Church must step up and lead where it has historically lagged. The driving impression among these leaders was that God wanted a reconciliation movement to address the sin of historic racism & injustice, and to unite the Church. This unity and oneness would then prepare the way for massive revival across the southeast.

From the beginning...

OneRace has presented four core pillars that would forge a path for reconciliation: prayer, relationship, equipping, mercy & justice. The core elements of such a movement must first rest upon prayer. We, the capital “C” Church must gather to intercede, lament, and repent of the sin of racism and its effects in society. Secondly, believers must engage in intentional relationships, exploring the racial wounds left by centuries of unaddressed sin.

Next, the church must be equipped to love neighbors across color, class, and culture. Finally, we believe that the Church must emerge as a proponent of both mercy and justice, seeking to make wrong things right. Through combining these four pillars of prayer, relationship, equipping, mercy & justice a path toward lasting reconciliation would be possible.

Since the inception of OneRace, we have hosted 3 catalytic gatherings: OneRace Stone Mountain (2018), Day of Remembrance (2019), and March On Atlanta (2020); 70+ Prayer Gatherings; 1,000’s of hours invested in prayer; 3 Conferences: OneRace Leadership Summit(2018), OneRace OneDay(2018), and The 400 Conference(2019); and dozens of other equipping opportunities. We’ve gathered 150,000+ people in live events, equipping and mobilizing believers for the work of reconciliation.

We are proud to say that we are changing the story for generations to come.

Our History

“What OneRace does is create places in the presence of God where people can come in and learn to love one another. That’s your mission.”

-Dr. John Perkins, the father of the theology of Racial Reconciliation

Our Faith

Bible

We believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God, without error in the original writing, and the supreme and final authority in doctrine and practice.
(2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)

Trinity

We believe in one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (1 John 5:6-8; Philippians 2:6) God the Father is the sender of the Word. (John 16:28; John 1:14) The Son is the Word made flesh, and has existed with the Father from the beginning. (John 1:1; John 1:18; John 1:14) The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son, and is eternal. (John 15:26)

Salvation

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and regeneration by the Spirit are essential.
(Romans 5:14; Romans 3:10 & 23; 1 John 3:8; Ephesians 2:8)

Sanctification

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly Life. We believe in the Doctrine of Sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, beginning at the time of salvation, and continuing until the return of Christ.
(Hebrews 12:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Peter 3:18; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 3:12-14; 1 Corinthians 1:30)

Imago Dei

The “Imago Dei” asserts that human beings are created in the image and likeness of God. All diversity, cultures, races, genders, and ethnic differences reflects the very image of God.
(Gen 1:26-27)

Reconciliation

We believe that through the Cross of Christ mankind is invited to be reconciled to God and to Each other. Through the work of the cross, Jesus destroyed the wall of hostility across ethnic groups, races, genders, and cultures. Thus, we are called to live as family, citizens of the God’s Kingdom, and a holy temple for God’s dwelling.
(Eph 2:11-22; Cor 5:18-19; Gal 3:28)

“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!”

-Psalm 133:1

Our 4 Pillars

We believe that racism isn’t just a social and structural issue, but a spiritual one. We believe that through mobilizing followers of Jesus to intercede on behalf of their city, state, and nation we will see tremendous change, leading to massive revival. “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
(Ephesians 6:12)
We are committed to building spaces where diverse relationships are possible. We believe that relationships are the bedrock of reconciliation work. Our effort is to provide space in the presence of God so that people can come and learn to love one another. We are committed to building bridges of trust that can stand up to the weight of truth. “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” (Psalm 133:1)
We are committed to equipping the body of Christ for the work of reconciliation. Through engaging leaders and believers in transformational model, know, own, & change, we intend to change the story for generations to come. “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;”
(2 Corinthians 5:18 )
We believe that the scriptures are clear in the call for followers of Jesus to love mercy and pursue justice. We are committed to changing the story through acts of mercy and the pursuit of justice in our respective communities. We commit this work through raising awareness and partnering with other gospel-centered organizations working to make wrong things right. “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”
(Micah 6:8)

“But, if we’re not careful, it is quite possible and tempting to be more in love with the idea of reconciliation than to actually engage in the actual work of reconciliation—the arduous, painful and messy marathon work of reconciliation.”

-Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil

Our Transformational Model

“When we lack historical understanding, we lose a part of our identity. We don’t know where we came from and don’t know what there is to celebrate or lament. Likewise, without knowing our history, it can be difficult to know what needs repairing, and what needs reconciling.” -Latasha Morrison, Be The Bridge

How did we get here? What is this thing called race? Where does racism come from? We must do the work of ‘Knowing the Story’ to discover how the narrative of racial difference was created, so that we can understand its impact on us today.

The pen of the Civil Rights Movement, James Baldwin, stated, “People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.” We are a product of our history. We are the sum total of our experiences, both individually and collectively. We must know this story if we are to move forward toward a reconciled church.

“Repentance is the change of mind, heart, and will that involves confession of specific sin and a change in our affections. Remorse is the heartfelt response when the weight of sin is understood (2 For. 7:10). Lament ties repentance and remorse together. It vocalizes deep sorrow for past wrongs, especially our own.” - Mark Vroegop

Owning the Story is the process of moving toward God and community by availing one’s heart for transformation. Owning the Story is the exploration of 6 Christian distinctives: cultural humility, intercession, lament, confession, forgiveness, and repentance. Essentially, we expound on the vertical and horizontal work that must take place to live into reconciliation.

“You cannot solve systems without changing narratives...and addressing the same narratives that led us to this mess to begin with…” - Dr. Soong Chan Rah

We must change the story. In this phase of the transformation journey we invite believers to change the story for future generations through leveraging their power, position, and privilege in keeping with Philippians 2:1-9.

Together, we can raise the prophetic consciousness of the Church back to the Father’s standards. But, we must all do our part. Change is never easy and should never be pursued lightly.

Our Team

Josh Clemons

Executive Director

Josh Clemons is privileged to serve as the Executive Director for OneRace Movement. He has built a reputation as a lover of God, builder of people, and a reconciler of cultures. Serving as both an author, professor and leading a racial reconciliation movement, Josh shares his brilliance, wisdom, and practical instruction impacting audiences in both religious and secular communities. Presently, Josh is pursuing his Ph.D. at Fuller Theological Seminary. He loves living in Atlanta with his wife Lakisha and two sons, Langston Grant and Duke Ellington.

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Bethany Beverly

Business & Operations Coordinator

Bethany Beverly calls Georgia home, though originally from the suburbs of Washington D.C., and lives with her two amazing children in Dacula. After initially joining the OneRace team as a volunteer, Bethany shortly came on board as the Business and Operations Coordinator in April of 2021. Her passion for racial justice and reconciliation runs deep. Being a mother to biracial children, she is constantly faced with the work that is still left to be done and is honored to play even the smallest role in bringing awareness and education to those around her. 

Bethany’s background includes a degree in Child Development and working with at-risk youth, women fleeing domestic violence and church planting in New York City. In her free time, Bethany enjoys cooking for and hosting friends and family, reading, doing all the things with her children as well as dreaming about and planning her next trip to the beach. As a dog lover, Bethany also devotes a lot of time to her dog-sitting side hustle.

Lakisha Clemons

Fundraising and Partner Relations

Lakisha is a talented communicator, anointed worship leader, and gifted market place executive. Lakisha Clemons resides in Atlanta, GA along with her husband Josh and sons Langston Grant (age 4) and Duke Ellington (age 2).  Lakisha is privileged to serve alongside her husband Josh, with OneRace Movement. Outside of her ministry gifts, Lakisha has excelled in her personal career providing HR and organizational effectiveness expertise for Delta Airlines, Hilton, and JP Morgan Chase. Presently, she serves has the Global Head of Workforce Transformation and Organizational Development for TransUnion.

Takia Lamb

Creative Director

Takia Lamb is originally from Boston, MA but currently resides in southwest Atlanta, GA. She is the mom of four beautiful boys and the wife of a pretty amazing writer. If you ask anyone who knows her, they will quickly tell you that her favorite thing to do is eat-- almost anything. Takia enjoys photography and graphic design.

Takia joined the OneRace Movement team in the fall of 2020 as the Creative Director. She is passionate about storytelling and communication strategy, especially as it pertains to God’s heart for uniting his church in love and truth. Takia received her B.A. in Psychology from Spelman College and her Masters in Social Work from GA State University. She is all about community and has dedicated her career to nonprofits and social service organizations.

Dan Crain

Director of Groups and Mobilization

Dan Crain is a farm boy from Bumpville, PA and currently lives in Historic South Atlanta in Atlanta, GA. He enjoys his amazing wife of sixteen years, four awesome children, and numerous activities including running Tough Mudder’s with crazy friends, lawn games, golf, basketball, tennis, and ping pong!

He joined the OneRace Movement team in January of 2020 as the Director of Groups and Mobilization and is deeply passionate about discipling the church through the OneRace transformational journey of knowing the story, owning the story, and changing the story. He has a Masters of Intercultural Ministries from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He’s also interested in the work of Christ in spiritual formation from Godly leaders that have been oppressed over the course of history.

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Annie Li

Communications Intern

Annie Li hails from Montgomery, New Jersey, and she is a senior at Emory University in Atlanta, studying history and sociology. Through Emory’s Department of History, she is completing a senior honors thesis, researching the lives and roles of Chinese Americans involved in the Civil Rights Movement. In June 2020, Annie founded Emory’s journal of Christian thought, In Via, and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief. She has previously interned at Fair Fight Action, and was a fellow at Imagining America. 

Annie is the Communications Intern at OneRace Movement. She is passionate about racial reconciliation, writing, design, and bringing people together. In her free time, she enjoys reading and marveling at sunrises.

Our Board

Jack Alexander

Chairman of the Board

Jack Alexander, a graduate of Duke University, has built and led companies in real estate, business services, and technology. Two companies that he co founded made the Inc. 5000 list. A previous recipient of an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, Alexander is also winner of six global awards in the corporate travel and hospitality arena. In 2005, he received the Family Honor Award as a businessman who made a positive impact on the American family.

He is the author of The God Guarantee: Finding Freedom From the Fear of Not Having Enough, and the God Impulse: The Power of Mercy in an Unmerciful World released through Baker Publishing. Currently, he is cofounder and board member of an interactive software firm allied Rali, as well as The Reimagine Group, a content company that makes high-quality media for the church market.

In 2019, Jack joined the OneRace board and is currently chairman of the board. He also coauthored a book called “Where Do We Go From Here?,” along with Barna. He is a regular speaker, coach, and board member for a number of businesses, nonprofits, and ministries.

Jack lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, Lisa. They have three grown sons and eight grandchildren.

Josh Clemons

Vice Chairman

Josh Clemons is privileged to serve as the Executive Director for OneRace Movement. He has built a reputation as a lover of God, builder of people, and a reconciler of cultures. Serving as both an author, professor and leading a racial reconciliation movement, Josh shares his brilliance, wisdom, and practical instruction impacting audiences in both religious and secular communities. Presently, Josh is pursuing his Ph.D. at Fuller Theological Seminary. He loves living in Atlanta with his wife Lakisha and two sons, Langston Grant and Duke Ellington.

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Hazen Stevens

Board Member

Hazen Stevens is a full-time missionary and an executive leader at IHOP-Atlanta, specializing training, including internships, IHOP’s school of ministry After college, Hazen began ministry work with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, where he developed his passion to engage with the lost. He transferred to IHOP-Atlanta in 2006 and has served in many areas of the ministry. Hazen currently leads the Training Pillar and Domestic Missions at IHOP-Atlanta this included internships, seminars, conferences, missions training and mobilization. He also travels to speak with other churches and communities on subjects such as evangelism, prophecy, healing and communication. Hazen joined OneRace Movement in 2017 as one of the Co-Operations Director and is now serving as one of the Co-Directors of the movement. Stevens currently lives in Lawrenceville, GA, with his wife Hannah and their four children, Amarin, Chesed, Pearl and Elisha. Hazen’s hobbies are eating good food and family adventures.

Lee Jenkins

Board Member

Lee Allen Jenkins is Founder and Senior Pastor of Eagles Nest Church in Roswell, Georgia. As a nationally recognized businessman, best-selling author, speaker and financial expert, the Lord has been preparing Lee for this pastoral assignment his entire life. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Lee accepted Christ and was baptized at a young age; but it wasn’t until he was a freshman at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville that he fully committed his life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Lee has been in high demand as a teacher and preacher of God’s Word for many years. Small and mega churches alike have benefited immensely from his engaging, biblically sound, practical, and humorous style of presenting the Gospel.

Lastly, Lee – affectionately known as “Pastor Lee” – has been happily married to the love of his life, Martica, for over twenty-eight years. They have three grown children: a daughter, Kristin, and two sons, Martin and Ryan.

Tami Free

Board Member

Tamesis Cruz-Ballauf aka "Tami Free" currently serves as a Pastor at Crossover Church ATL and Director of Operations for City Takers, an urban outreach non-profit organization based in Atlanta, GA. She holds a juris doctorate from Florida A&M University, and served as an Assistant State Attorney for the State of Florida. After marrying Scott Free, founder of City Takers, she has dedicated herself to the work of urban missions in the inner city, administering, speaking, leading, teaching, driving the mission of City Takers to 'raise up urban missionaries who transform cities through hip-hop, love and Jesus.' City Takers facilitates radical serving initiatives for the poor and marginalized and believes social justice efforts start by loving our neighbors as ourselves.

Johnson Bowie

Board Member

Johnson is the Lead Pastor at Victory World Church, which is the largest multi-ethnic church in the nation. He and his wife Summer, have been married for 19 years, and they have two sons, Jeremiah and Isaac.