The minister-in-residence program supports the recruitment and preparation of ministers who can start new congregations and who can lead across racial, ethnic, and economic diversity. Rev. Ayanna M. Johnson has been the Minister-in-Residence since 2006. She is also the founding Pastor of Family of Hope Christian Church in Blue Island, Illinois (a Chicago suburb), and the current First Vice Moderator of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.
Rev. Johnson offers a role model, mentor, and resource for learning how to foster racial reconciliation and to build community life through diversity. She coordinates chapel services and is engaged with student recruitment, orientation, and professional development. She provides Disciples House Scholars with an over-the-shoulders look at new church development and also with resources in cross-racial leadership and ministry.
The minister-in-residence program is supported in part by a grant from the Oreon E. Scott Foundation.