hello & bio


I’m so glad you’ve stopped by!

My passion is to help the people of God find the power of unity. Using social psychological insights, biblical principles and practical applications, I equip people – from head to heart to hands – to do the work of unity and reconciliation.

I’d love for you to join the conversation by sharing your questions and insights as you pursue unity in your church and community.

For information about my writing and speaking, please check out the Press Kit and Speaking Info packet.


A more formal bio: Christena Cleveland is a social psychologist, author, speaker and professor with a hopeful passion for overcoming cultural divisions in groups.  Drawing from a vast body of research, she uncovers the underlying processes that affect relationships within and between groups and helps leaders understand how to promote an appreciation for diversity and build effective collaborations with diverse groups.

In 2014, Christianity Today magazine named her one of “33 Under 33” (millennials leading the next generation of Christian faith) and JET magazine identified her one as of 5 “online shepherds to follow.”

Christena is the author of Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Aparta 2013 Leadership Journal Book Award winner. She’s currently writing The Priesthood of the Privileged (InterVarsity Press) which examines power and inequality in the Church.

She earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Barbara.  An award-winning researcher and gifted teacher, she has published numerous scholarly articles and is an associate professor of reconciliation studies at Bethel University. Beyond academic experience, Christena brings organizational experience to her efforts to build unity.  She coaches pastors and leaders on multicultural issues and speaks regularly.





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