(1930 – 2017)
 
We’re celebrating black heroes who made history, and I want to introduce you to Tom Skinner, a former street gang leader, born and raised in Harlem, New York. God radically transformed his life and protected him when he withdrew his gang membership—something that usually results in dire consequences. 
 
God radically transformed his life and protected him when he withdrew his gang membership—something that usually results in dire consequences. 
 
As Skinner grew spiritually, he became a powerful evangelist who shared the gospel for over thirty years and in more than seventy different countries. He was also the chaplain for the Washington Redskins and served as a team motivator for other professional sports teams. He established a high technology learning center, which serves the inner city, and the Skinner Leadership Institute which provides networking, bridge-building and leadership development. 
 
He established a high technology learning center, which serves the inner city, and the Skinner Leadership Institute which provides networking, bridge-building and leadership development.
 
I met Skinner through Dr. B Sam Hart. He was a true bridge builder, seeking reconciliation and breaking down dividing walls of age, economic status, race and religion. Skinner emphasized social justice and racial reconciliation, but he did so by presenting the gospel and accentuating the kingdom of God. He had the unique ability to communicate with every age and cultural group—something that he helped teach me. I could not comprehend why the church should just be spiritual while neglecting the social, or why social activism should be done as it was so often done absent of a sound theology integrated in and through the local church. Skinner helped me to formulate a balanced view of the gospel.
 
His ministry of hope, renewal and reconciliation changed the lives of thousands of people, and for that, he should be celebrated.
 
Check out more from Dr. Tony Evans @tonyevans.org

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Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.


At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans’ church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.


Dr. Evans serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 850 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries.


Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books includes, Kingdom Man, A Moment For Your Soul, Marriage Matters, and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.



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