"On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, we invited a diverse panel of ministers, theologians, scholars, civic, and business leaders, across multiple generations, for a different and courageous conversation on race."
Reverend Dr. Robert Charles Scott serves as the new Senior Pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC, a historically significant congregation with nearly 5000 disciples serving in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg County area since 1900. He is married to Pier Charisse Scott and they are the parents of Charis Jordyn Scott.
He graduated with honors from Jackson State University with a BA in Political Science/Pre-law. He received the Master of Divinity from Duke University Divinity School (1994) and earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary, graduating with high distinction in 1997. His dissertation was The Dialectical Method of Preaching as Pastoral Care in the African American Church. The Reverend Dr. Robert C. Scott is an officer of the prestigious Hampton University Ministers Conference, serving as Necrologist, He is on the Board of Trustees for United Theological Seminary in Trotwood, OH and he was named the Outstanding Alumnus of the year (June, 2016). He is also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity where he served as the Centennial District Representative of the Eighth District, and was named as the International Omega Man of the Year in at the 2010 Conclave in Raleigh, NC. Dr. Scott was one of the key organizers of A Call to Oneness, which organized over 20,000 African American men to march against violence and crime in St. Louis. He is a Board member of American Baptist Home Mission Society of American Baptist Churches, USA where he sits on the Finance Committee. Before coming to St. Paul Baptist, he served congregations in St. Louis, MO, Lexington, NC and Durham, NC. It is his desire to be a vessel of God and declare to a broken humanity that God the potter wants to put us back together again.
de’Angelo Dia is a poet, theologian, and educator. Dia serves as the Assistant to the Sr. Pastor for Social Justice at St. Paul Baptist Church. Along with a ministry team, he coordinates workshops, panel discussions, lectures, film screenings, and voter registration drives.
He believes that the work of social justice involves engaging with a diversity of religious, political, and cultural communities to gain a deeper understanding of our civic and theological responsibility for being contributors to the kingdom of God. Dia is also a visual and performance artist examining the intersectionality between spiritual formation, creativity, and liberation theology. His work focuses on nurturing community and cultural awareness through community dialogue, comic books, visual and performance art and is influenced by the work of Dr. James Cone, Dr. Katie Cannon, Gil Scott-Heron, and street art. He received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Communication and Sociology from Appalachian State University, a Master of Arts in Literature from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary and is currently a doctoral student at UPSem focusing on theopoetics. He is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Profound Gentlemen, and the Goodyear Arts Collective and a Cave Canem Fellow.
Reverend Dr. Benjamin Boswell is the Senior Minister of Myers Park Baptist Church and works at the intersection of strategic leadership, spiritual formation, and social justice.
In addition to pastoral responsibilities, Dr. Boswell facilitates anti-racism training for white-dominant congregations called, “What Does It Mean to Be White?" Dr. Boswell is a former commissioned officer in the U.S. Army National Guard, a graduate of Marion Military Institute (AA), Campbell University (BA), Duke Divinity School (MDiv), St. Paul’s School of Theology (DMIN), and completed course work for a Ph.D. at the Catholic University of America..
Charlitta Hatch is nationally recognized and locally impactful, wife, mom, author, and business change agent with a heart for service and a mind for results which she has brought to her clients for over 14 years.
As a Principal Consultant with Slalom, Charlitta helps businesses solve complex problems in their organization so they can provide better experiences to their employees and customers. She does this by delivering solutions for large, complex organizations. Leveraging her diverse experience across a variety of clients and lines of business, she seeks to understand her client’s business problems, translate them into achievable plans delivered on time, on budget, with high quality while preparing them for the impact across their business.
An advocate for women and children, she is always looking for opportunities to inspire, encourage, and support others to be the best they can be at home, work, and in the community. Her role as President of Junior League of Charlotte affords her the opportunity to do that as she leads their 1600-member organization focused on promoting voluntarism, developing women, and improving the community.
Passionate about changing the narrative of young black boys in America , she founded and assumed the role of Chief Mom Officer of the Me3 Project which aims to change the narrative of young black boys in America through positive images, expressive stories, and deliberate advocacy. Through the Me3 Project, she has produced 3 projects; a children’s book called “Black Boy Joy”, flashcards called “A to Z Be Like Me”, and an assortment of puzzles.
A graduate of Hampton University, Charlitta has received the 2017 Charlotte Athena Young Professionals Leadership Award, a member of the 2017 Charlotte Business Journal Top 40 under 40, and an honoree of the 2016 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation STANDOUT class. She has been recognized by the Mecklenburg Times as an Icon and one of the 2019 50 Most Influential Women in Charlotte. She has also been featured in the Charlotte Post, Pride Magazine, and Spectrum News. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Jack and Jill of America, and Chappell Memorial Baptist Church. She is also appointed by City Council to serve on the Civil Service Board.
Charlitta’s energy and passion is contagious. After just one conversation, you will feel fired up and equipped to solve whatever problem you face.
Get to know more about Charlitta Hatch by following @jlcharlotte_pres on social media.
For 95 years, the Junior League of Charlotte has been improving the Charlotte community and striving for leadership excellence. As an organization filled with nearly 1600 women leaders, we will not stay silent and sit on the sidelines watching as our community feels the heaviness of grief of the racial inequities that are pervasive in our city while simultaneously dealing with the global COVID-19 pandemic. Our tri-part mission includes improving our community through effective action and leadership. This is mission work.
Joshua Jordan is 24 years old, & is an associate minister here at St. Paul who serves alongside Rev. Seay with the children & youth. Min. Jordan has been at St. Paul for a little over a year now.
Joshua grew up in Texas in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Growing up, he attended Antioch Christian Fellowship under Pastor Christopher J. Respass. At the age of 12 Min. Jordan accepted his call to preach, preached his first sermon at 13, & received his ministry license at age 14. Min. Jordan graduated from The University of Houston in 2018 with a BBA in Finance & Supply Chain Management. He currently works at Bank of America where he has spent time working in the Corporate Investments Group & currently works on Treasury Funding Risk Team. Because of his work, Joshua has a keen awareness of the difficulties many African Americans face economically, & the challenges many face assimilating into white dominated corporate enterprise. In the future, Min. Jordan plans on starting his own financial services company to help families build wealth & promote financial literacy amongst minority communities. He also plans on going to seminary in the near future.
Lori Archer Raible has served the congregation of Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church since 2008. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University where she was a member of the Cross-country and Track and Field teams. She earned her Masters of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary of Charlotte, in 2006.
Lori is passionately involved with the leadership of NEXT Church, serving on the strategy team and previously serving as a Co-Chair for the movement. NEXT Church seeks to connect and equip the leaders of our denomination. Most recently, she has collaborated in the planning of TRENT@Montreat, a national conference designed to support the newly ordained in congregational ministry and a regional symposium to connect and equip elders within the Charlotte Presbytery. Lori is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at Union Presbyterian Seminary. In conjunction with her call to Selwyn, she also enjoys preaching and writing for various organizations and publications.
Judy Schindler is a rabbi, wife, mom, professor, activist, and author. Rabbi Judy is an innovator… leading the creation of three Telly award-winning social justice documentaries addressing diversity in schools, urban education and affordable housing.
In recognition for her pushing boundaries, she was named Charlotte Woman of the Year in 2011 along with many other awards. She is a professor… teaching courses on diversity and identity in the Hebrew Bible, the Holocaust, and on social justice as the Sklut Professor of Jewish Studies at Queens University of Charlotte. Rabbi Judy is an activist… directing the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens, where she inspires advocacy and enables work for justice both on the Queens campus and in the greater Charlotte community. She is a faith leader… In 2016, she was named Rabbi Emerita of Temple Beth El in Charlotte (the largest synagogue in the Carolinas) after serving as Senior Rabbi from 2003-2016 and as Associate Rabbi from 1998-2003. For nearly two decades, she has been engaged in interfaith work helping with the leadership of Meck Min and the Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice. She is a writer… having contributed chapters and articles to nearly a dozen books and recently co-authoring a book on recharging congregations through civic engagement and moving the religious community from volunteerism to advocacy. She was a 2017-2018 contributing columnist to the Charlotte Observer and delivered a TEDx Charlotte Talk on “Mastering the Art of Loving Your Neighbor.” Rabbi Judy is a student who loves to learn. She is enrolled in the Doctor of Hebrew Letters program at the Hebrew Union College where she received her master’s in 1993 and was ordained in 1995. Judy is a wife and a mom… who loves most hanging out with her two young adult sons with her husband, Chip, to whom she has been married for 22 years.
Pier Scott has more than 20 years of experience as a corporate PR and media strategist and since 2012 has been an independent contractor for Treetop Consulting, Inc., a boutique media strategy firm based in Chicago that is currently advising clients through the transition to a greater racial awareness to create more equitable workplaces.
She is the First Lady of St. Paul Baptist Church and a trustee of a local Christian school's board. For the past four years she has met with a multi-ethnic group of women who gather to find common ground and celebrate their uniqueness; and in January became co-facilitator of a cross-racial small group assembled to foster greater understanding between BIPOC and White people.
Peyton Seay is 24 years old, and he is currently serving part-time as the Children and Youth Minister of St. Paul Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC, which is under the leadership of Reverend Dr. Robert Charles Scott.
Rev. Seay has been on the St. Paul staff for a little over a year now. He is also a full-time student enrolled in Gardner-Webb’s Divinity School program where he plans on receiving a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) degree in Christian education. Before moving to Charlotte, Rev. Seay was living in his hometown of Fredericksburg, VA for over 20 years. Most of his family still resides there. In 2018, he received his undergraduate degree in Human Resource Management with a minor in Religion and Culture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). While attending Virginia Tech, he was heavily involved in one of the on-campus ministries there called, “The Baptist Collegiate Ministry” (BCM). At the BCM, he led several Bible study groups and led outreach efforts aimed at reaching lost college students as well as fostering fellowship within the Bible study groups he was a part of. In the summer months of his college years, Rev. Seay served as a student ministry intern three times for Mount Ararat Baptist Church in Stafford, VA, where Pastor Todd Gaston is the senior pastor. In February of last year, Rev. Seay was officially ordained and licensed as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ at the church he grew up at in Fredericksburg, Salem Baptist Church, which is under the leadership of Pastor Dale Seley.