Responding to issues of diversity.

The Intercultural Studies Lecture Series is a free bi-annual event offered by GRTS in the fall and spring, featuring a guest lecturer who addresses topics relevant to intercultural issues from a biblical, theological and psychological perspective.

Join students, faculty and friends of the seminary to engage in an open dialogue about the connection between Christian worldview and issues of diversity. Guest lecturers combine recent scholarship and personal ministry experience to help participants become more informed and aware of a variety of intercultural issues.

Fall 2016 Lecture Information

There is a paradox on how compassion is expressed. True compassion, defined and understood in the context of ushering the will of God on earth as it is in heaven, requires a different outlook and a re-examination of how we live and relate to each other in community.

You are invited to join us for an evening conversation regarding the importance of creating opportunities for all members of our community to thrive and flourish.

  • Theme: "Compassion: Our Path to Flourishing Communities"
  • Date: Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016
  • Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Location: Pirsig-Debruyn Chapel, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
  • Speaker: Pastor Kizombo Kalumbula

Speaker Bio

Kizombo Kalumbula is one of the founding pastors of Tabernacle Community Church of Grand Rapids, Mich., where he serves as the Pastor of Family Life, and also works as the Executive Director of International Berean Ministries. Kizombo is the principle of Afya Psychological Consultant and is an associate therapist with Centennial Park Counseling Center.

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kizombo has lived in Grand Rapids since immigrating to the United States in 1989. Kizombo is currently writing a doctoral dissertation in health psychology at Northcentral University. His research interests include refugee mental health, the intersection of spirituality and health and compassion fatigue.

Kizombo and his best friend and wife, Carrie, and their six children live in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Contact Us

For more information about the Intercultural Studies Lecture Series, please call 616.222.1422.