African American Initiative
Reaching for: Unity, Community, Students, Churches, & Our City
Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it:
except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
Psalm 127:1 (KJV)
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Ephesians 4:3 (KJV)
The African-American Initiative (AAI) exists to serve Denver Seminary students who come from an African-American background. AAI facilitates activities, events, courses, discussion groups, media productions and seminars that will assist them in fulfilling their goals and objectives in ministry. AAI desires to promote African-American student participation in all levels of campus life.
AAI will also reach out to African-American churches, community and ministries for a more holistic spreading of the Gospel. Some hopes and dreams springing from AAI include offering contextualized training for pastors and lay-leaders in African-American churches and ministries.
About the Director: Mr. Felix Gilbert
Felix Gilbert joined the faculty of Denver Seminary in 2013 as director of the African-American Initiative and assistant professor of pastoral ministries.
Mr. Gilbert is currently working on a DMin degree from Denver Seminary with an emphasis on leadership and preaching. He received his MDiv from Denver Seminary, and a BA from Colorado Christian University.
Mr. Gilbert served the Ogilvie Institute for preaching at Fuller Seminary as a Micah Group Facilitator from 2010 to 2013. He also developed and implemented a lay training program to equip leaders for effectiveness in ministry.
He also serves as the senior pastor of Restoration Christian Fellowship, a church he and his wife planted in 1999. He is also the founder of Restoration Christian Ministries, a community development corporation that serves the Aurora, Colorado community. He recently launched Restoration Christian Academy, a Christian school providing an alternative to secular education in the Aurora community.