Little Rock: Judge Wendell Griffen

Little Rock: Judge Wendell Griffen

Judge (and pastor) Wendell Griffen speaks truth to power with clear, incisive language, the kind of words that raise howls of protest. But it’s not the racism and discrimination Griffen has faced all of his life that makes him controversial. It’s that he chooses not to live silently within the confines of American culture’s white, male, conservative rules about women, race and sexual orientation.

This series in the Faith & Justice” project is part of the BNG Storytelling Projects initiative. In “Faith & Justice,” we tell the stories of the people and organizations that are helping to bend the “arc of moral justice” toward justice and transforming communities.

This series is written by Norman Jameson. Photos are by Brandon Markin. 

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Pastor, judge, activist, agitator: As he strives for justice, Wendell Griffen stretches the lexicon of adjectives

Wendell Griffen, 66, is all of these things. But his persona is so large, his reputation so loud, his “rightness” ...
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Racially diverse church occupies campus where Baptist pastor once proclaimed racist views

In one of life’s delicious little ironies, New Millennium Church now meets on the campus associated with one of Little ...
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Photo Gallery: Wendell Griffen

View the photo gallery of Wendell Griffen ...
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In this series, we learn the complexity of Wendell Griffen – pastor, judge, activist, and agitator in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Additionally, we learn the history of New Millennium Church, a racially diverse church that occupies the campus where a Baptist pastor once proclaimed racist views.

View the photo gallery to see for yourself.





Seed money to launch our Storytelling Projects initiative and our initial series of projects has been provided through generous grants from the Christ Is Our Salvation Foundation and the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation. For information about underwriting opportunities for Storytelling Projects, contact David Wilkinson, BNG’s executive director and publisher, at [email protected] or 336.865.2688.

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