Kingdom Diversity – Striving for Gospel-Centered Unity

Kingdom Diversity at Cedarville University

From academics and athletics to daily chapel and student life, everything at Cedarville is built on biblical truth. And, our commitment to Kingdom diversity is no exception. Using the Word of God as our foundation, we strive to uphold the pattern of diversity that is reflected in the body of Christ. Kingdom diversity is important to us because it is important to God.

At Cedarville, we recognize that the issue of diversity is challenging, and we are working hard to create a campus atmosphere where minority students feel welcome. We understand that all people — regardless of ethnicity — are uniquely created in God’s image and for His glory. We recognize that Kingdom diversity is necessary to fulfill our Gospel mission to reach the world for Jesus Christ.

A man and student having a discussion at a civil rights event

Get Involved

Through intentional events and partnerships, Cedarville is helping students get involved in diversity-related activities. Black History Month celebrations, National Hispanic Leadership Council, Civil Rights Bus Tour, and National Afro-African American Museum are a few examples.

Global Outreach globe logo over image of a diverse group praying

Global Outreach

Recognizing God’s call to reach all people with the Gospel, Cedarville is intentional about sending students out to share Christ with the world.

A diverse group of Cedarville students talking around a table

Enrollment Statistics

We have made steady progress in recent years in increasing our students from diverse backgrounds.


Male international student looking up from his Bible

Biblical Foundations for Kingdom Diversity

Our approach to Kingdom diversity is based on the Word of God. Diversity is important to Cedarville because it's important to God.

Four female international students posing for a photo outdoors

International Students

International Student Services (ISS) provides a well-rounded program of services for international and third culture students to help them succeed at Cedarville University.

Diverse group of students talking outside

One Campus Leadership Scholarship

The One Campus Leadership Scholarship is awarded to students who want to enhance the Cedarville community through their personal experience and appreciation for ethnic and cultural diversity. 

Three diverse students walking on a sidewalk at Cedarville

Rev. James D. Parker Sr. Young Leader Scholarship

With a shared commitment to Christian leadership and the local church, Cedarville’s Office for Intercultural Leadership and the Baptist Fellowship Association (BFA) have coordinated to provide a full-tuition scholarship for an undergraduate student who regularly attends an BFA church.

A diverse group of people hold signs with peaceful messages as part of Cedarville's annual Civil Rights Bus Tour

Civil Rights Bus Tour

The annual Civil Rights Bus Tour allows students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to walk where history was made and heroes were revealed. The journey begins in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, birthplace and ends at the place he was assassinated.

View thumbnail for Created in His Image

Created in His Image

Take a minute to listen to Dr. Thomas White's statement on racism and the imago Dei during our Martin Luther King, Jr. Day chapel.

A diverse group of female students using laptops outside

Contact Us

Reach out to us for resources or information related to Kingdom diversity.

One Lord, One Salvation, One People — 10/13/2020

Dr. Josh Kira shares four resources that God gives us to deal with racism in a way that the world cannot. Dr. Kira serves as Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Cedarville University.

Gospel Perspectives on Race, Unity, and Biblical Justice — 10/5/2020

Today's panel discussion on racism is led by Sarah Gump, Digital and Social Media Manager, Dr. Kevin Jones, Dean of the School of Education, Dr. Mark Owens, Assistant Professor of New Testament Theology, and Dr. Josh Kira, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Cedarville University.

Prayer for Racial Unity — 8/18/2020

Today's chapel is devoted to prayer for racial unity.

Book Recommendations

  • Gracism: the Art of Inclusion, Anderson, D.
  • Letters Across the Divide: Two Friends Explore Racism, Friendship, and Faith, Anderson, D. & Zuercher, B.
  • United by Faith: the Multiracial Congregation as an Answer to the Problem of Race, DeYoung, C. P., Emerson, M. O., Yancey, G. A., & Kim, K. C.
  • Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America, Emerson, M. & Smith, C.
  • Bloodlines, J. Piper
  • One New Man, J. Williams
  • For God So Love the World: A Blueprint for Kingdom Diversity, ed. W. Strickland & D. Hartman
  • One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Race and Love, J. Perkins
  • Beyond Racial Gridlock , G. Yancey
  • Weep with Me: How Lament Opens a Door for Racial Reconciliation, M. Vroegop
  • United, Trillia Newbell
  • Preaching in Black and White, E.K. Bailey and Warren W. Wiersbe
  • Divided by Faith, Michael Emerson and Christian Smith
  • Dream With Me, John M. Perkins
  • From Every People and Nation, J. Daniel Hays
  • Removing the Stain of Racism, Dr. Kevin Jones and Jarvis Williams
  • Intensional: Kingdom Ethnicity in a Divided World, D. A. Horton