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 of Park Street Dialogues is now complete; check back soon for Season 2.
PSD 15 | Dave Searles, Pastor of Central Assembly of God Church
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.
Central Assembly of God Church
Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team
East Boston Peace Walk
PSD 14 | Enoch Liao, Assistant Pastor at Boston Chinese Evangelical Church
Enoch Liao has been on staff at the Boston Chinese Evangelical Church (BCEC) for 20 years, and he currently serves as an Assistant Pastor at their Chinatown campus, overseeing their English-speaking ministry. BCEC has campuses in both Chinatown and Newton, and they offer services in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English. Much of Enoch and Mark’s conversation is about diversity in the church and how churches and Christians can engage their communities.
Boston Chinese Evangelical Church
Emmanuel Gospel Center
PSD 13 | Ruth Wong, Director of the Boston Education Collaborative at EGC
Ruth Wong serves as the Director of the Boston Education Collaborative (BEC) at the Emmanuel Gospel Center. The BEC aims to encourage and support partnerships between churches and schools in greater Boston. In addition to sharing about how she got into this kind of ministry, Ruth reflects on the needs of students and on what healthy church-school partnerships can look like. Ruth and her husband also serve as leaders in InterVarsity with the Asian Christian Fellowship at MIT.
Boston Educational Collaborative
Emmanuel Gospel Center
Church and School Partners
Boston Higher Education Resource Centers
Gordon College Claredon Honors Program
“Behold, I am Doing a New Thing” blog post by Ruth Wong
Contact Ruth at rwong at egc dot org
PSD 12 | Dave Hill, Pastor of Abundant Grace Church
Dave 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 Boston in 1989, in response to God’s call, to plant a church. Dave and Mark discuss the life of prayer, and Dave shares several lessons about prayer from his own experience.
Abundant Grace Church of Boston
Francis Frangipane’s The Three Battlegrounds
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.
The Tangible Kingdom
Other books by Hugh Halter
Common Thread – Birmingham, AL
Underground – Tampa Bay, FL
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.
Bethel Social Justice Institute