Who We Are
It is the vision of Reconciliation Ministry to build just communities by breaking down the walls within our church which separate us. We claim a new reality in which we live into God’s realm by celebrating our unity, affirming the cultural traditions of each member of the body of Christ and working together for justice to ensure radical welcome and access to God’s abundant resources. We envision a Church in which all communities are accountable to one another and God.
Reconciliation Ministry advances the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)’s journey toward wholeness by empowering each expression of the Church to implement structural change to address historic fractures caused by racism and the systems that perpetuate it. It is the goal of our shared work to foster life-giving community within our church and in relationship with the whole family of God. We accomplish this mission through intentional dialogue, inclusive worship and experiential education.
Before coming to the Disciples’ Center, Rev. Johnson served at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois as Assistant Dean of Students /Director of Diversity Services and as Associate College Chaplain. During her tenure at the College, Rev. Johnson provided leadership in developing a campus climate of welcome and inclusion. She also led several cross-cultural short-term service-learning opportunities for students in Belize, Central America and Kenya, East Africa. It was the joy of her ministry at the College to accompany young adults as they discovered their global connectedness and as they enhanced their intercultural competencies.
She received her Bachelors of Arts from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana and her Masters of Divinity from Howard University in Washington, DC. While at Howard, she was the Assistant to the Editor for the Journal of Religious Thought and the editor of the school’s weekly student-staff newsletter-The Weekly Word. She enjoys writing, travel and is hopeful to return to playing golf. Rev. Johnson is a native of Chicago, Illinois.
Reconciliation Program Minister
Rev. Bere Gil Soto serves a the Reconciliation Program Minister, collaborative staffing agreement between the General and Regional expression of the Church. As Program Minister, Rev. Gil Soto coordinates the Region’s RECONciliation Tour project, and directs the reconciliation educational programming for both expressions of the Church with specific focus on regional camp and conference and clergy anti-racism education program. She also manages communications and the congregation-based community organizing (CBCO) network database.
Born and raised in Central Mexico, in the beautiful town of San Luis Potosí, she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí. Since early in her life, Bere has been passionate about social justice issues, learning from her mother who worked hard and relentlessly to demand equal rights for people with disabilities. As a lifelong member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), she was involved in many roles of the Church in Mexico; from choir member, Sunday school teacher, VBS Director, worship leader and youth minister in the local church, to Secretary of National Board of Youth Ministries, as well as Moderator of the National Assembly.
Rev. Gil Soto came to Indianapolis in 2012 to pursue a dual degree at Christian Theological Seminary, graduating in December 2016 with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy. She has served the Church in numerous capacities including as a member of the planning team for the 175th Indiana Regional Assembly, and served her Field Education as student Pastor at Casa del Alfarero, as well as Reconciliation Ministry Student Intern. “My passion resides in people’s stories and the beauty and power that come out of them. At the end of it all, we are all part of God’s creative story!” She currently serves as Solo Pastor for Iglesia Hermandad Cristiana (Discípulos de Cristo) in Indianapolis.