Given your position with the Deaconess Foundation, what is your hope and dream for St. Louis and its children?
“I dream of the day when the well-being of children is the driving factor in all public policy, communal decision-making and resource deployment.”
Of all the figures in the Bible, with whom would you wish to spend a day, and what would you hope to learn?
Joseph (the Dreamer) of the Old Testament. I’d like to shadow Joseph in later years to learn how he balanced the great responsibility of administering a country’s resources with powerful faith development that produced such compelling forgiveness and care for his family.
What books have most shaped your thinking? What are you reading now?
Shaped my thinking: Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman & Leadership Without Easy Answers by Ronald HeifetzCurrently Reading: Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men by Gregory Ellison II
What in your view is the greatest challenge facing people of faith today?
“The greatest challenge facing people of faith today is developing sufficient, sophisticated conviction to testify with clarity in the midst of ambiguity.”