our leadership team

Deb Conrad

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Deborah DeMars Conrad, EdD, founded UrbanSpirit in 2001, to help Church think in new ways about neglected communities. She has served as pastor and teacher in many settings, currently as Senior Minister of Woodside Church of Flint, MI. She was recipient of the 2017 Esther Davis Award for Social Justice, given by the American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago, and the 2018 Associated Church Press “Best of the Church Press” Award of Excellence for Biblical Interpretation.

You can read Deb's blog and listen to her sermons at www.mendtheworld.me


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Khalilah V. Collins, MSW, is project coordinator of the African American Men's Mental Health and Well-being Initiative in New Orleans. A former US Marine, she says she came to know poverty up close after getting out of the military, and has since fought the economic injustices faced by so many people in our country. (She and Deb met at a protest in New York City; how cool is that?) Khalilah has been part of UrbanSpirit since 2005. 

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Whitney Waller Cole is Senior Minister at Creekwood Christian Church in Flower Mound, TX, and has been part of UrbanSpirit since 2010. A graduate of Yale Divinity, she has a passion for interfaith cooperation, community engagement and social change. (Plus, she's really good at drawing people into faith conversations. -ed.)