Co-Founder - President - Editor
Jemar is the President and Co-Founder of the Reformed African American Network (RAAN) where he blogs about theology, race, and culture. He also started the African American Leadership Initiative (AALI), a program at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS to help recruit minorities and train Christians of any race for cross-cultural ministry. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame and is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree. Jemar serves as a pastoral ministry intern with Redeemer Church, PCA where he guides their small group ministry. His wife is Janee’ and they have one son, Jack.
Co-Founder - VP - Editor
Phillip is a blogger and co-founder of the Reformed African American Network. He has written for Urban Faith, Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition and Wade-O Radio. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Belhaven University (2010) and is currently working on his Master of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary (2016). He also serves as a Ministry Intern for Redeemer Church (Jackson) where he oversees Pipeline, a ministry to college students and young adults.
Dennis Louis serves as Executive Theological Editor for the RAANetwork, is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, and is Pastoral Intern at McIlwain Presbyterian Church (Pensacola, Fl) where he is currently pursuing ordination in the Presbyterian Church in America. Dennis and his wife, Theresa, have three children.
Visuals, Associate Editor
Alicia was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated from BIOLA University, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (2010). She currently enjoys working as a Supervisor at a program for adults with developmental disabilities. Alicia loves to support various organizations through the areas of writing and visual communication. She hopes to receive more training in Biblical Counseling in the near future. Alicia is passionate about the beauty in differences, and loves to bridge gaps and make connections across perspectives. You can find her at www.reimages.net, a blogsite about “Illustrative Knowledge.”
Producer - Pass The Mic (Upcoming Podcast)
After seven years of a dedicated career in telecommunications marketing and product development, Beau took a step back when the needs of his family called. Unable to stay stagnant for long, he founded the Podastery Network. The mission was simple: provide listeners with highly engaging content that surpassed traditional radio in both quality and consistency. Not half a year from launch, Podastery has grown to four weekly top rated shows with more than 16,000 downloads worldwide and compelling guests from all over the creative world. Podastery has only begun to scratch the surface, and listeners can look forward to exciting new content in the year ahead. Beau joined the RAANetwork team in the Fall of 2013.
Editor (Arts and News)
Tyler Burns currently serves as student/assistant pastor of New Dimensions Christian Center in Pensacola, Florida and is the host of The Antidote Television Show (found at antidotetelevision.org). He has a burning desire for the relevance of the Gospel in the lives of young people, generational appreciation and the redemption of all the arts for the glory of God (especially Christian Hip Hop). He is a frequent writer for urban Christian websites and is especially excited to work for the RAANetwork.
Marketing and Communications
Simon was born and raised in Nigeria. He played soccer and received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Belhaven University and is on track to receive his Master of Science in Communications from Mississippi College. Simon joined the RAANetwork Family in August 2013. He loves all things tech, plays and watches soccer (maybe too much), and is on a mission to become a “bow tie” guy.
Andrea was born and raised on a farm in southern Minnesota and now lives in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, receiving a B.A. in English. She currently works for The Gospel Coalition, planning events and coordinating translation teams. Before joining TGC in 2014, she worked in politics and most recently served at Desiring God. She is passionate about serving high-risk kids and their families. To this end, along with a friend, she started a cooking class for inner city kids at a local park. This ministry has grown to provide support for and relationships with many families in the neighborhood. She also works part-time at Hope Academy, an inner city Christian school.