2020 Fall Local Outreach Weekend
Faith and Community: Steps Toward Racial Reconciliation
Please join us for this powerful event as our guest panel guides us through a Q&A discussion on race, injustice, health, and faith.
Friday, October 2nd:
6:00 - 7:00 pm – Dinner on the soccer field with food trucks available for food purchases.
*Bring your own chairs, blankets, etc.
7:00 - 8:30 pm – Panel Q&A Discussion on the soccer field
Dr. Shaniece Criss
Dr. Tony Parks
7:00 - 8:30 pm - KidZone: Event on the soccer field for children ages K4-4th grade. Please use the link to register your children.
Sunday, October 4th: Worship Services will be led by Aaron Layton
Author, Educator, Founder and CEO of Relate2Color
For the past 25 years, Aaron has responded to God's calling to bridge communities of various racial and cultural backgrounds. He has taught at the high school level in both public and private schools, facilitated seminary and church forums, and has presented at various national conferences including the Presbyterian Church in America and People of Color, Additionally, Aaron is the founder and director of an annual Christian diversity conference for middle school students in the Saint Louis area. Aaron's passion for racial reconciliation extends to all age groups, and the Lord has gifted him to relate to a various populations.
Sheriff of Greenville County
In 1994 the Lord opened the door for me at the Greer Police Department. I began my career there and was able to grow and move up the ranks as the Department changed with a newly hired Chief of Police. I served as a Patrolman, Corporal, and a Sergeant. I also served as a Uniform Patrol Sergeant, Traffic Sergeant, Community Patrol Sergeant, and was the Tactical Team Commander.
After ten years at the Greer Police Department and with two small children, my wife and I decided to change direction and work a consistent daytime schedule so that she could return to college and obtain her teaching certificate.
I had previous experience in the HVAC field so I was able to go back into the mechanical field, which allowed my wife to return to school. Shortly after she obtained her teaching certificate I had the opportunity to return to Law Enforcement at the Greenville County Sheriff's Office. I worked in Uniform Patrol before transferring to the Traffic Unit. Sheriff Lewis was elected to his current position in 2020. http://www.gcso.org/sheriff.php
Dr. Shaniece Criss
Assistant Professor, Health Sciences at Furman University
Dr. Shaniece Criss is an Assistant Professor of Health Science at Furman University and a community-engaged qualitative researcher addressing health equity and health communication. She partners with Furman’s Institute for the Advancement of Community Health as an academic lead on projects with Prisma Health-Upstate and LiveWell Greenville. She is also a fellow of Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative, Shi Center for Sustainability, Shucker Leadership Institute, Collaborative for Community-Engaged Learning, as well as, a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach.
Dr. Criss is an elected official on Travelers Rest City Council and serves on the board of directors for Prisma Health, Public Education Partners, Dining for Women, and SC YMCA Youth in Government & Teen Achievers. In the past, she has served on the Greenville County Human Relations Commission and Travelers Rest Municipal Election Commission. Recently, she has been named a “ChangeMaker” by the Multiplying Good (formerly Jefferson Awards Foundation) and a Greenville County Schools Hall of Fame Inductee.
With a passion to implement effective interventions and policies, she earned her doctorate from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a Master of Public Administration and a Presidential Public Service Fellowship from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a Master of Public Health from Emory University, and an undergraduate degree in communication from Oglethorpe University. As a public health practitioner, Dr. Criss served as producer and host for a national television show for the Ministry of Health in Guyana, South America, during her Peace Corps service. She also held positions at ICF International, Centers for Disease Control, and CNN.
dR. toney c. parks
Pastor, Mt. Sinai Baptist Church
Dr. Toney C. Parks has served as Sr. Pastor of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church for the past 29 years. Being the Pastor of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church has been one of the greatest and rewarding challenges of his ministerial journey. In addition to his church pastoral duties, Dr. Parks is very active in the community, currently serving as President of the South Carolina Congress of Christian Education and Moderator of the Enoree River Baptist Association. He serves as Distinguish Professor of Practical Ministry at Erskine Theological Seminary, the Chaplain of the Greenville City Police Department, and President and Co-founder of Family Outreach Community Services in Greenville South Carolina.
In addition to serving as a Marriage facilitator from the Christian Perspective, Dr. Parks is a State and National instructor on the subject of Church Leadership, Administration and Policy for the South Carolina Education and Missionary Convention as well as the National Baptists Convention of America, USA.
Dr. Parks is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina, a Masters Divinity degree from Erskine College and Theological Seminary, and an earned Doctoral degree in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Brenda, have been together for over 39 years. They are the proud parents of two sons, Hamilton and Donovan. Dr. Parks states that “He loves the Lord, He honors his wife, lives for his family, and is dedicated to the church.