Former MLB Pitcher Otis Nixon, Pastor Barry Howard Discuss the Church’s Role in the Fight for Racial Equality

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Former MLB Pitcher Otis Nixon, Pastor Barry Howard Discuss the Church’s Role in the Fight for Racial Equality


One may question, “What does a former world series baseball player have in common with a pastor?”

For former Major League Baseball pitcher Otis Nixon and Atlanta-based Pastor Barry Howard of Wieuca Road Baptist Church, it is a question that they have a succinct answer to. While  Otis, who is Black, and Barry, who is white, are culturally very different, the two men, want it to be known that they have come together in the name of Jesus to bring people together no matter their background.

After the death of George Floyd and the subsequent riots across the U.S., including in Atlanta, Howard knew that he had to be a part of bringing about racial healing. As such, Howard began hosting a group filled with diverse ministry leaders.

“The group started when another pastor asked if I wanted to be a part of it and host it,” Howard shared. At first, the group was made up of a small group of pastors who felt the same calling that Howard felt regarding the issues of race and diversity. Another pastor would soon as Nixon if he too wanted to be a part of the group. Not only is Nixon an ambassador for Major League Baseball, but he’s also an ordained pastor. “It was the perfect timing,” Nixon asserted.

The group meets every other Monday night. When asked how the group landed on Monday as their meeting day, Howard is quick to point out that it was the…

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