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United Theological Seminary Announces Mosaix House of Studies

Rev. Dr. Mark DeYmaz to open a new House of Studies focused on equipping ministry leaders
for disruptive innovation in the 21st century.

DAYTON, OHIO, December 29, 2020 — United Theological Seminary, in cooperation with the Mosaix Global Network, has established the Mosaix House of Studies to prepare students to build and lead healthy multiethnic and economically diverse, culturally intelligent, socially just and financially sustainable churches.

Dr. Kent Millard, President of United, and Dr. Mark DeYmaz, President of the Mosaix Global Network, are pleased to announce that Rev. Dr. Harry Li will join the Seminary as director of the new House of Studies. Dr. Li is the Senior Pastor of Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas (Little Rock) and serves additionally as the Executive Director of Cultural Intelligence as part of the Mosaix Global Network.

Houses of Study at United equip students for service in the communities, movements and denominations where they serve. The focus on Church Renewal at United connects with the vision of Mosaix Global Network to lead the Church in “disruptive innovation” that re-engages communities and congregations with the Good News.

“Overcoming the dual, existential threats of systemic segregation and declining resources in the American Church is the greatest challenge facing leadership in the American Church today,” says Dr. DeYmaz. “Harry and I are thrilled to bring two decades of vocational partnership, established credibility and proven effectiveness to the students of United!”

Through the Mosaix House of Studies, United is offering a Doctor of Ministry focus group in Disruptive Church Leadership, and a new track for the Master of Divinity program on Multiethnic Church Development, currently enrolling to begin in the Fall 2021 semester. United Methodist pastors Rev. Chip Freed (Garfield Memorial UMC, Cleveland, OH) and Rev. Dr. Stephanie Hand (Western North Carolina Conference) will also be part of the Mosaix House of Studies leadership team.

“We live in a time of racial prejudice and conflict. We believe the Mosaix House of Studies will equip students to bring people together and show that we are ‘One in Christ’ regardless of racial or ethnic backgrounds,” says United President Kent Millard.

A thought-leading writer and recognized champion of the Multiethnic Church Movement, Dr. DeYmaz planted the Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas in 2001, where he continues to serve as Directional Leader. In 2004, he co-founded the Mosaix Global Network, with Dr. George Yancey, and today serves as its president and convener of the triennial National Multi-ethnic Church Conference. In 2008, he launched Vine and Village, a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on the spiritual, social and financial transformation of Little Rock’s University District. He is the author of seven books.

Harry Li is the senior pastor of Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas where he has been co-laboring with Mark DeYmaz for more than 18 years. Prior to coming to Mosaic, he was an associate professor of electrical engineering at the University of Idaho. He and his wife of 28 years, Melanie, have three adult daughters scattered throughout the US. In addition, Dr. Li consults with a variety of educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and businesses on a variety of leadership issues related to equity, inclusion and cultural intelligence.

United Theological Seminary is a graduate professional school of The United Methodist Church offering master’s and doctoral theological degrees and continuing education with programs offered on campus and online. United’s goal is to prepare faithful and fruitful Christian leaders who will make disciples of Jesus Christ.

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