About the BODY (Biblical Oneness and DiversitY) Institute
The Biblical Oneness and DiversitY (BODY) Institute is an Equipping Ministry of Reconciliation that offers research, training, and curriculum to churches, ministries, and communities to help us break down past and current walls of DIVISION and to UNITE and MOBILIZE ourselves as the ONE and DIVERSE Body of Christ to address needs within our churches, ministries, and the communities we are called to love and serve. From Genesis to Revelation, God’s heart for Oneness and Diversity is foundational to us being reconciled to God and to one another!
The Park & Ted Story
In 2004, Park and Ted met at Steele Creek Church of Charlotte and began to form a deep friendship as they were co-teachers of an 18-Hour 10-Session Church Oneness Class called Reconciled! Pursuing Oneness, Valuing Diversity, under the leadership of Senior Pastor Kelvin Smith, Elder Winston Moore and Ron Hall. As they have witnessed the growing division within our churches and communities, both have been burdened with taking this Biblically-Based Oneness and Diversity Message and Transformation Process to churches, ministries, and communities. Through much prayer, they believe the time is now to pour out their lives together into this ministry.
Pastor and Director
Over the last four decades, Pastor Ted White has served in various pastoral and leadership roles in 8 churches serving over 8,000 members; collaborated with partners in leveraging over $100 million in community development resources; and provided consultation to over 200 church, community, government, non-profit, college-university, and school system clients in the areas of multicultural awareness, oneness, diversity, youth leadership and development, educational enrichment, team-building, strategic planning, and community development. Ted has authored and/or co-authored numerous publications including, but not limited to “Realizing and Releasing our Spiritual Gifts,” and “God’s People Building Bridges.” Ted, originally from Clarksville, Tennessee moved to North Carolina in 1989 to launch the former Institute for Multicultural Education and Training at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina under the leadership of Dr. Forrest Toms and Ms. Jackie Brown. He completed his B.S. Degree from Austin Peay State University and his M.S. Degree from the University of Memphis. Ted currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife, Pam, and children, Psalms, and T.J. Pastor White continues to serve on the pastoral team at Steele Creek Church of Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina with over 2,000 members from over 60 nations.
Lead BODY Trainer
Over the last three decades, Park Gillespie has served in a variety of church, educational, community, and leadership roles in North and South Carolina. He taught Social Studies and Science for nearly 16 years in the North Carolina Public Schools. After participating in and winning “The American Candidate” political reality television show, he ran unsuccessfully for Congress in South Carolina. Park was actively involved in the education reform movement in South Carolina trying to give every child a chance at a quality education. In 2011, he left to become the Constituent Services Director for Congressman Mick Mulvaney in South Carolina’s 5th congressional district. In 2007, Park was appointed by the Bush administration as a member of the South Carolina Advisory Board to the US Commission on Civil Rights, and he was re-appointed under the Obama administration in 2009 where he served until 2014. For 30 years, Park has been actively involved in teaching and serving at his church, Steele Creek Church of Charlotte, on Christian apologetic’s and, his real passion, Biblical oneness and reconciliation in the Body of Christ. Park graduated in 1989 from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina with a degree in Social Studies Education and Political Science. He and his precious wife of 28 years, Tammy, have 4 daughters and live in Clover, South Carolina.