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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. Kingdom diversity is the unifying work of King Jesus that transcends all national, racial, ethnic, gender, and socio-economic distinctions with a view to the transformation of sinners (see Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 2:11-18; Colossians 3:11; Revelation 7:9).

With the Word of God as our foundation, we strive to uphold the pattern of diversity that is reflected in the body of Christ. All people are uniquely created in God’s image for His glory. Kingdom diversity is important to us because it is important to God.

To maintain the priority on this initiative, the president has convened a Kingdom Diversity Advisory Council made up of strategic faculty and staff members. The council offers advice on various issues, encourages a biblical understanding of diversity across campus, and supports the growth of a more diverse Christ-centered community.

Kingdom Diversity Advisory Council 2021-22

The following faculty and staff members serve the president by offering advice on various diversity-related issues, encouraging a biblical understanding of diversity across campus, and growing Cedarville to look more like heaven than it does right now.

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Carolyn Barnett

Associate Professor of Nursing

  • Location HSC 335
  • Phone 937-766-7708
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Derrick Green

Chair of the Department of Communication, Assistant Professor of Communication

  • Location PAT 107
  • Phone 937-766-3451
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Kevin Jones

Dean of the School of Education, Assistant Professor of Education

  • Location WI 107
  • Phone 937-766-4471
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Christine Kim

Assistant Professor of International Studies

  • Location HGC 113
  • Phone 937-766-7877
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Mindy May

Director for Student Development and Dean of Women

  • Location SSC 163
  • Phone 937-766-7855
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Patrick Oliver

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice/Director of Criminal Justice Program

  • Location HGC 122
  • Phone 937-766-3851
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Mark Owens

Assistant Professor of New Testament Theology

  • Location BTS 241
  • Phone 937-766-3871
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Luke Tse

Chair of the Department of Psychology, Professor of Psychology

  • Location WI 220
  • Phone 937-766-3297
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Student Opportunities

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dr. Deforia Lane Diversity Scholarship

The Dr. Deforia Lane Diversity Scholarship is awarded annually to select undergraduate students seeking to enhance the Cedarville Community through their personal experience and appreciation for racial, ethnic and cultural diversity.

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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.

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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.

Kingdom Diversity Resources

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Enrollment Statistics

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


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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.

Dr. Mark Owens and Dr. Kevin Jones speaking in a chapel panel discussion.

Professors Present Research on Biblical Racial Reconciliation

Dr. Kevin Jones and Dr. Mark Owens will present their research based on the book of Colossians at the three-day Evangelical Theological Society Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, on November 18.
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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.

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