Western Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the 2022 Leonard F. Stoutemire Lecture in Multicultural Ministry speaker will be Dr. Tony Tian-Ren Lin. 

This in-person event will occur in the Mulder Chapel at Western Theological Seminary on Monday, March 7, from 1:30-3:00 PM and is open to the public. 

Dr. Tony Tian-Ren Lin’s lecture, Multicultural Faithfulness, will speak to the challenges of multiracialism and the Christian leader. He will also be hosting some conversations in Spanish.

Dr. Tony Tian-Ren Lin is the Program Director for the Leadership Development initiative at Trinity Church Wall Street. He is a cultural sociologist whose scholarship focuses on the intersection of religion, immigration, race, and ethnicity. He is the author of Prosperity Gospel Latinos and Their American Dream (University of North Carolina Press, 2020), which is praised by Publisher’s Weekly as a “well-reasoned,” “evocative debut” that “immerse[s] readers in the lives of his subjects.” His work has been featured on NPR, Latino USA, The Atlantic Monthly, and other national media. Lin is also an ordained Presbyterian minister.

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. Although he initially wanted to be a missionary in Africa, in 1944, Stoutemire migrated to Holland, MI, to plant the city’s first intentionally multi-racial congregation, the All Nations Full Gospel Church of Holland.

The lectures equip seminarians, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and local congregations with resources for increased intercultural competence for greater effectiveness in Christian ministry.