- one who brings conversations to life
- one who gives inspiration, encouragement, or renewed vigor to unlikely partners in dialogue
We are a team of educators, activists, healers, artists, connectors, and neighbors committed to seeing the invisible, hearing the voiceless, and creating spaces for social change. As animators, we vitalize conversations that move unlikely community partners from fear and apathy to prophetic service.
Eunhil David Cho
Cho is a Korean American scholar-minister who cares deeply about the works of community development, intercultural understanding, and character formation. He is currently pursuing PhD studies at Emory University and serving a multicultural congregation as a Presbyterian minister.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Darren is the owner and lead designer of TwoPiece Graphic Design and Printing. A graduate of Frederick Douglass High School he then matriculated to Tennessee State University. He has worked with Fearless Dialogues since its inception serving as the lead graphic designer. He also takes pride in the design of Dr. Ellison's book cover Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men. Darren is also the younger brother of Dr. Gregory C. Ellison, II.
Gregory C. Ellison II, Ph.D.
Founder, Lead Research & Design
An Atlanta native, Ellison is associate professor of pastoral care and counseling at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. He earned his undergraduate degree from Emory, and holds M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees in pastoral theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. Ellison is author of Fearless Dialogues: A New Movement for Justice and Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men and founder of GE II & Associates and Fearless Dialogues.
Rev. Alisha Gordon
Gordon, an Atlanta native, attended Spelman College where she earned a Bachelor of English and Candler School of Theology at Emory University where she earned her Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Religious Education. She is the Executive for Spiritual Growth at United Methodist Women. In her teaching and writing, she marries social justice work and spiritual growth to help women see their full potential in an ever-changing social and political landscape.
Angela "Angie" Johnson
Office Manager & Animator
Angie attended Spelman College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Candler School of Theology where she earned her Master of Divinity. As a Resident Chaplain and candidate for ordained ministry, Angie is committed to helping individuals experience holistic healing within and beyond the church setting.
Rev. E. Michelle Ledder,
Ledder, an itinerant Elder in the AME Church, works as an anti-racism curriculum writer and workshop facilitator for a global commission on religion and race. Michelle is currently a PhD candidate at Emory University who combines on-the-ground freedom fighting with educational transformation.
Ledgister is the communications catalyst for the Partnership for Southern Equity, where he helps to promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all in the growth of metropolitan Atlanta. He holds a Bachelor of Communication from Georgia State University and a MBA from Mercer University. When he’s not engaging the public, he’s enjoying dinner and a movie with his wife, Georgette, or bringing smiles to the face of his daughter, Zuri.
Georgette "Jojo" Ledgister, Ph.D.
Executive Director & Lead Animator
Ledgister is the Executive Director of Fearless Dialogues. She holds undergraduate, M.Div., and Ph.D. degrees in social ethics and conflict transformation from Emory University, where she lectures in courses on ethics, conflict transformation, practical theology, and religious studies. Her research assists organizations, companies, congregations, schools, and university departments to develop skills and strategies to tap into the creative and constructive possibilities of conflict.
Operations Manager & Animator
Martin is a Bay Area native who has called Atlanta home for over 10 years. She holds an M.Div. from Candler School of Theology. She currently serves in administrative roles.
Bridget Piggue, Th.D.
Dr. Piggue serves as the Director of Spiritual Health at Emory University Hospital Midtown where she is also a certified Clinical Pastoral Educator. In her teaching and writing, she challenges leaders to move toward greater self-awareness, mental health and wholeness.
Stephens is the creator of the spoken word CD, “Lend Me Your Ear,” the author of Soulfood Café, a book of poetry, and Reading Revolution, a book of biographies covering important contributions made to civilization by people of African descent. He was a member of Poetry Atlanta’s National Poetry Slam Team, is a former Teacher of the Year, a recipient of Turner Broadcasting’s Teacher Appreciation Award and holds a M.Div from Emory University.
Floyd Wood II
Wood is a native of Atlanta and a product of the Atlanta Public School system. An alumnus of Morehouse College and a student at the Interdenominational Theological Center, he currently serves as a communication and program manger at Georgia Tech. He is a devoted husband and proud father of four.
Kim, a true Southerner, is an ordained Episcopal priest serving in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds an M.Div. from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. A public theologian and fierce community activist, Kim moves through life with hope in our ability to build a better world. When she’s not wearing a collar, you can find her tending to her hobby farm in Stone Mountain, Georgia
Board of Directors
- Kenya K. Hansford Davis, Esq.
- Antoinette Ellison, Esq
- Gregory C. Ellison II, Ph.D.
- Milton H. Jones, Jr.
- Nekia Hackworth Jones, Esq.
- John Majors
- Luther E. Smith, Jr., Ph.D.
MEET OUR TEAM OF ADVISORS
- Barbara Brown Taylor, Butman Professor Emeritus of Religion, Piedmont College
- Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II, Congressional Black Caucus, Past President
- Darren Ellison, 2 Piece Graphics & Design, Preferred Designer
- Delvecchio Finley, MPP, Alameda Health System, CEO
- Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Educator, Freedom Rider and Civil Rights Activist
- DeAmon “The Roving Listener” Harges, ABCD Guru, Broadway UMC, Indianapolis, IN
- Elaine Justice, Emory University Media Relations, Associate Director
- Rev. Aisha Brooks-Lytle, Greater Atlanta Presbytery of the PCUSA, Executive Presbyter
- Stephen Lewis, Forum for Theological Exploration, President
- Carlton Mackey, Emory University's Ethics & the Arts Program, Director
- Parker J. Palmer, Internationally-Acclaimed Writer and Educator
- DeWayne Rogers, Rolling Out Magazine, Creative Director and Fashion Photographer
- Rev. Toby Sanders, M.Div., Trenton Board of Education, Past President
- Matthew Wesley Williams, Forum for Theological Exploration, VP of Strategic Initiatives
- Torry Winn, Esq., M.Div., Race to Equity, Strategic Partnerships and Engagement