Highlander's PAR Institute

Rev. Carissa Rodgers


Rev. Carissa Rodgers is a transformation strategist, educator, artist, cultural organizer and spiritual director. A lifelong champion of truth and justice, she began community organizing at age 18 as a student at Philander Smith College. Formally ordained in the United Methodist Church where she served as both senior pastor and foundation director in Arkansas before age 30, much of her experience intersects faith, art and cultural storytelling, strategic planning, community development and institutional advancement with transformation. She is committed to creating change through radically imagining and intentionally designing new pathways that lead to true liberation in all its forms, for all people.

PAR Institute Experiences: Staff & Design Team
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