Bridge Builder, Speaker, Writer



Celebrating all colors.  
Building cultural bridges.
Motivating lasting change.



Hi, I'm Dorena!

My passion for diversity stems from growing up in a Pastor’s home that welcomed missionaries and people from around the world. In college I met and fell in love with Chris, and in 1992 as newlyweds, we  moved to Nashville, TN to further Chris’ Christian rap musical career.

But God had a different plan; He took a Baptist-raised couple, connected us to a Presbyterian, wealthy white church in a historic civil war town, to do urban ministry in the low-income black community.

After watching people come together across racial, economic, and denominational lines, in 1995 we said “yes” to God’s call to plant Strong Tower Bible Church, a multicultural body of believers. Diversity has marked my teaching and worship leading around the world, and I've been blessed to contribute to a wide variety of worship music projects. Currently I work as a stylist for Evereve, a national fashion and styling company.

My greatest gifts are the four wonderful children that Chris and I have raised, ages 14, 17, 22 and 24. With the love of a mother and the wisdom of a longtime racial bridge builder, I am passionate about producing literary work that will impact the next generation towards lasting change.




ColorFull is also available in the series. The message is this: Be fully aware of the colors God made! Plants, animals, and especially people – all are created intentionally with color. See it. Celebrate it. Why be colorblind when we can be ColorFull instead!

ThoughtFull is an encouraging story that shows how life changes when we learn to value those who are differently abled and to champion the power of thoughtfulness.


GraceFull is a touching story that opens a dialogue on the tough subject of homelessness, showing young readers how God showers grace that is meant to be share - so we can all be Gracefull!


"Seeing yourself is almost like a message.
It's saying; you matter, you are visible, and you're valuable." 

Christian Robinson