About Dan Crain
I am the Director of Groups and Mobilization for the OneRace Movement in Atlanta, GA. I'm married to the amazing Adrienne and we have four children, Landon, Karis, Eden and Isaac. I am deeply passionate about discipling the church through the OneRace transformational model of knowing the story, owning the story, and changing the story. I have a Masters of Intercultural Ministries from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and I've spent eleven years in Atlanta equipping and connecting the church around reconciliation across race, culture, gender, and class. I'm also passionate about spiritual formation and has written a discipleship curriculum called, Loving Freely. I'm currently developing a teaching series on culture called, Cultural Sanctification. I'm an evangelist at heart and I pray for unity in the body of Christ in order for people to come to Christ. For more information, you can follow my work at dancrain.org.
Full story below;
I have sensed the Spirit’s leading into racial reconciliation ever since being exposed to the reality of racism while at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary in 2006. My first mentor, Dr. Reggie Smith, an adjunct professor at the school, who’s African-American, pointed me to Divided by Faith, the work of Dr. John Perkins, Christian Community Development Association, and many other resources. I did a research paper on how Christ broke down the dividing wall of hostility between the Jews and the Gentiles from Ephesians 2, and as I did, I fell deeply in love with a God that longs to reconcile all things in his son, Jesus Christ.
I was later exposed to Polis Institute’s Serving with Dignity and the need to live out a dignified interdependent relationship with those different from us. It was through this training that Christ made it very clear as a white man coming from majority culture that I was to be a learner more than a teacher, particularly in the world of racial reconciliation. The words of author Donald Miller resonated with what God was doing in my heart, “Be careful of a white guy with a masters degree, because he thinks he knows it all.” I have been facilitating this training in the majority white church for over ten years and have had a lot of success in coaching the church into racial, cultural and economic diversity.
It was the Dignity Serves training that opened up a lot of doors for me to talk about race within majority white churches, as one of the organization’s lessons pressed deeply into racial and cultural differences and how the Gospel breaks down these barriers.
In 2015, I burned out from ministry and realized that was as a result of a lot of unhealed wounds in my soul, which Christ was inviting me to look into. The result of this healing is the discipleship training, Loving Freely, which I have put together. I firmly believe that in order for us to be honest about reconciliation, we must allow this to happen in ourselves first and be honest about the ways in which culture has shaped us.
In 2018, a group of men journeyed deeply into the racial history of our country and its impact upon ourselves through Latasha Morrison’s curriculum at Be the Bridge. I’ve done coaching and training for Latasha and Be the Bridge on cultural intelligence and understanding what whiteness is.
In January of 2020, I joined the OneRace Movement to work under Josh Clemons as the Director of Groups and Mobilization. It’s my heart to equip people to read the Scriptures through the lens of racial reconciliation, pray deeply about the demonic forces of racism in our city, read books written by leaders of color that dive deep into the history of our country and church, and make small, spirit-led, intentionally organic steps towards being the church God intends it to be. Josh and I have been writing content around the OneRace Transformational Model of Know the Story, Own the Story, and Change the Story.
Over the last twelve years I have coached, consulted, discipled, and spoken in over 50 different churches, organizations, and nonprofits. I’ve done training on diversity with such groups as Cumberland Community Church, Chick-Fil-A’s Impact 360, Corporate Social Responsibility Community Affairs & Chick-fil-A Foundation, and Desire Street Ministries.
Areas of Expertise
Initial Session to Discuss Personal Assessment Full Report ($100): Over the course of (1 hour), we will meet virtually to go over your full report from the Personal Assessment. We will discuss observations from your results and potential next steps for growth.
Ongoing Coaching Sessions ($100/hr): We will meet to continue to discuss your Personal Assessment and/or other projects that you or your organization would like help with.
4 Sessions Coaching Package ($600): Four one hour sessions where we will discuss your Personal Assessment results and next steps for growth..
7 Sessions Coaching Package ($1,000): Seven one hour sessions where we will discuss your Personal Assessment results and next steps for growth.
In-Person Coaching: I am also willing to travel to provide in-person coaching. Please contact me for details and a quote.
Small Group Session ($200): Over the course of 1 hour, we will meet with up to 2 other individuals to review your Personal Assessment Reports. Please note that since this is a group session, we will not be able to go as deeply as a one-on-one session.