Former GraceInside Board Member Elwanda Cornelius Gives Talk about Corrections, Race, Forgiveness, Freedom, Hope & Redemption

Huguenot Road Baptist Church (Richmond, VA) recently conducted a 7-week series of lectures/talks on structural racism in the metropolitan Richmond area.  The sessions covered a number of important social justice issues that Christians need to be concerned about and to take action on.  Former GraceInside Board Member Elwanda Cornelius gave a talk on January 4, 2023 about corrections, race, forgiveness, freedom, hope and redemption.  Elwanda and her husband David served for many years as Baptist missionaries.  Later she worked as a Case Management Counselor for the Virginia Department of Corrections (at the then newly opened Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women – FCCW).  Interestingly, her instructor for “Basic Skills for New Counselors” at the DOC Academy for Staff Development all of those years ago was none other than GraceInside’s (now) President, Rev. J. Randy Myers (who was then a DOC Trainer).  Elwanda and Randy have remained friends over many years.  Elwanda trained as a Lay Chaplain through Huguenot Road Baptist Church and later served two terms on GraceInside’s Board of Trustees. She and David continue to faithfully support our ministry.  Rev. Lois Carter (our Outreach & Community Relations Manager) was blessed to be present for Elwanda’s talk/lecture and to get the opportunity to know her.  She also had the pleasure of meeting former FCCW Warden Phyllis Baskerville!

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