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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.

Season 1 is now complete; check back soon for Season 2.

 

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.

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Mark Booker

Mark Booker, Senior Minister

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May 25, 2021

Dave Searles serves at Central Assembly of God Church in East Boston where he lives with his family. The multi-cultural nature of the neighborhood is reflected in Central Assembly of God Church, and in this final episode for Season 1 of Park Street Dialogues, Dave and Mark discuss that diversity, the importance of being present in the neighborhood of the church, and what it looks like to join in with what God is doing instead of pushing a new agenda.

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Past Episodes

PSD 12 | Dave Hill, Pastor of Abundant Grace Church

PSD 12 | Dave Hill, Pastor of Abundant Grace ChurchMay 4, 2021Dave Hill, pastor of Abundant Grace Church of Boston, talks with Mark about the history of gathering pastors and churches to pray in the city. Dave also shares the story of how he and his wife came to...

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PSD 11 | Hugh Halter, Founder of Post Commons and Lantern Network

Hugh Halter lives in Alton, IL, where he and his family are doing what they can to help the town in Jesus’s name. Hugh has written several books about the missional church, and for the past fifteen years he has helped churches and church planters to think creatively about loving their neighbors. Hugh and Mark talk about Hugh’s method for mission and ministry that was shaped out of personal suffering, and Hugh shares several powerful stories of how God has worked through his life to make God’s Kingdom tangible in the lives of others.

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PSD 10 | Ray Hammond, Founding Pastor of Bethel AME

Ray Hammond is the Pastor of Bethel AME Church in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. Ray and his wife, Gloria, started Bethel AME in their dining room in 1988. They were both trained as medical doctors and served in that capacity prior to planting Bethel. Ray tells the story of following God in a life of service for the past three decades, and he reflects on the church’s role in the community. Mark and Ray also discuss the racial tension of the past year and how the church can be helpful in facilitating understanding in this conversation.

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PSD 08 | Arva Byron, Social Worker and Roslindale Baptist Church Youth Minister

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.

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PSD 07 | Christian and Mary Grant of the Boston Project and Young Life Boston

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.

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PSD 06 | Dana Baker of the Boston Trauma Healing Collaborative

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.

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PSD 05 | David Wright, Executive Director of BMA TenPoint

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.

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