In this episode of The Black American Orthodox Experience, Fr. Samuel Davis speaks with Rock Blackwell about his journey to the Orthodox Church through years of study and learning, his approach to raising an Orthodox Family as a Black father, small group ministry, the future of mission parishes and Orthodox outreach, venerating Black saints, and understanding the contributions and potential contributions of Black Americans in the Church.
Rock Blackwell is a Tonsured Reader at St. John the Forerunner Orthodox Church (OCA) in Indianapolis, Indiana.
As a graduate of Trinity International University, having obtained his undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies & Philosophy, and having further attended Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in the Masters of Divinity (M.Div) program, He also serves his parish as a homilist, evangelist, and small group leader. With a heart for Missions & Evangelism, he has particular experience among non-Trinitarian religious groups – such as Latter-day Saints (Mormons), Jehovah’s Witnesses, Oneness Pentecostals, Hebrew Israelites, and more. He is husband to his wife Sharon, and father to their 5 children.
The Black American Orthodox Experience is a program focused on Orthodox missions in America—insights, challenges, and how we can reach (and are reaching) members of Black, Indigenous, and other communities with the Church of Jesus Christ. Our goal is to feature honest and informative conversations about what the Great Commission looks like in modern America within a historical and cultural context.
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