Race & Equity

Race & Equity

"So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."

- Galatians 3:26-28

At SVA Church we believe that racial equity is embedded within the heart of Jesus and the call to His church. We are committed to fostering a community where people from various cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds can come to encounter the gospel and find belonging. This commitment was birthed in the vision of our Founding Pastor, Rev. Monty Wright. As we live in an increasingly diverse community, God has continued to put it on our hearts to engage in this conversation as a means by which we can honor Him and the people He loves.

To aid in this calling, SVA Leadership has been consulting, since 2020, with one of our ministry partners, Dr. Nikum Pon. Dr. Pon has been facilitating conversations, helping us see other people's lived experiences, and challenging us to think through adaptive solutions to how to make SVA Church a community that is representative of all God’s people.

About Nikum Pon, PhD

Dr. Nikum Pon has dedicated the last 22 years of his life working with a wide range of students and their families in racially, linguistically, and culturally diverse communities to bring reconciliation in predominantly low-income settings in the greater Seattle area. Throughout this time, Dr. Pon has led organizations, schools, and businesses through the work of racial equity – all while representing Christ and His Kingdom with truth and grace.

Currently, Nikum and his family live in Cambodia to design, plan, and run a school for local villagers. We are proud to partner with Nikum in his ministry callings and grateful for the wealth of wisdom he is able to offer our team.

Dr. Nikum Pon, PHD

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