New episodes released on Tuesdays. Hosted by Park Street Church’s senior minister, Mark Booker, Park Street Dialogues is a series of conversations with the intent of connecting followers of Jesus in Boston and beyond. Mark talks with a diverse group of guests about their work and ministry in the city and their perspectives on the work of God in Boston: both in its opportunities and its challenges.
New episodes released Tuesdays
Mark Booker, Senior Minister
Roberto Miranda is the Senior Pastor of Congregation Lion of Judah, a Spanish/English speaking church in the South End which has had a tremendous impact in the city of Boston. Roberto shares the story of his own calling into pastoral ministry and about the dream that led to Congregation Lion of Judah’s move into the city. He and Mark discuss the way in which Lion of Judah has expressed the gospel through social and community work, and Roberto talks about the attractive nature of a church that stands firm on gospel convictions.
Arva Byron works at the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, where she supports adolescents, and a Youth Minister at Roslindale Baptist Church. She and Mark discuss these vocations as well as her radio program, “Live with Arva J,” along the way considering what it means for followers of Jesus to be present in the lives of youth and all those around.
Christian and Mary Grant are seeking to bring the gospel of Jesus to teenagers in the TNT neighborhood of Dorchester in Boston. They’re doing this through a partnership between The Boston Project and Young Life. In this conversation with Mark, they share how they came into this ministry, and they explain the ministry approach of both The Boston Project and Young Life. They share their perspectives on the hearts and needs of teenagers, and they reflect on how we, as the people of God, can best serve and reach young people with the gospel.
Dana Baker leads the Boston Trauma Healing Collaborative, an effort to bring together different entities in Boston that are working on trauma related issues. Dana spent 18 years on the staff at Grace Chapel working as a pastor in intercultural ministry, and she is now working to equip churches in greater Boston to bring Christ-centered healing to those deeply wounded by trauma. She uses material and insight from both the Cory Johnson Program for Post-Traumatic Healing, which began at Roxbury Presbyterian Church, and the American Bible Society Trauma Healing Groups. In her conversation with Mark, Dana discusses what it means to love the city and how the church can handle trauma in a better way, so that we can be agents of God’s healing in the world. This topic is particularly timely as the church grapples with our place in healing the world as it struggles through a pandemic.
David Wright is the Executive Director of BMA TenPoint, which is a merger of the Black Ministerial Alliance and the Boston Ten Point Coalition, as well as an adjunct Professor at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary’s Boston Campus, Assistant to the Pastor at Peoples Baptist Church, and a board member of several other organizations in the city. In his conversation with Mark, David reflects on the importance of the church being integrated into the community, and he issues a strong challenge to follow Jesus’s example as we participate in God’s mission together. David and Mark also discuss racial justice and other challenges facing the church in Boston.
PSD 04 | Betsy Cowan Neptune, Chief of Economic Development, Metropolitan Area Planning Council and Co-Leader of Thrive and Grow
Betsy Cowan Neptune serves as the Chief of Economic Development for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. In this role, she helps with the development and planning of communities and neighborhoods around greater Boston. In her conversation with Mark, Betsy talks about the challenges that our communities face, and she shares some great ideas for how Christians can engage with businesses in our neighborhoods and beyond. She and Mark also discuss the tension of partnering with others for the common good while knowing that our ultimate hope is in God and his coming future. Betsy helps to lead Thrive and Grow, a network of Christian entrepreneurs and business leaders in Boston, and she serves on the board of the Emmanuel Gospel Center.
Jua Robinson is the Executive Director of Boston Collaborative, an organization that connects networks of Christians to each other and to organizations that help Boston flourish. In this conversation with Mark, he shares his heart that Christians would become known for the key contributions we make to the flourishing of our city. He also tells the story of moving to Boston in 2006 to plant a multiethnic church, and he shares valuable lessons from that experience that speak to the heart of Christians discipleship.
Bryan Wilkerson, senior pastor at Grace Chapel in Lexington, joins Mark Booker for a conversation about Boston culture, challenges in the life of the church, and ways that Boston churches can learn from and work with each other. Bryan tells the story of how he came to have a heart for the city and how that led to a regular gathering of pastors that came to be known as Greater Things for Greater Boston. Bryan also addresses the challenge of polarization in the church, the challenge of relating across generations, and the growing focus on justice among evangelicals.
Barry Kang, lead pastor and planter at Symphony Church in Boston, talks with Mark Booker. Barry moved to Boston in 2010 with the goal of planting a church that would focus on college ministry. Mark and Barry talk about the importance of Christian witness amongst college and graduate school students, the difficulty of growing community in a city church, the coming together of the Boston Pastor’s Prayer Summit, and what it looks like for the Church to work together to engage the city.
Mark explains his heart and vision for Park Street Dialogues in this introduction to the podcast. New episodes released Tuesdays.