The Effective Compassion training day equips deacons and Christian communities with a set of principles and strategies that helps them minister to the poor and others in need. The training lays the foundation for effective work that meets human needs in ways consistent with human dignity and flourishing.

The training day will be led by Ismael Hernandez and Marvin Olasky, and hosted by Grace + Peace Austin at Redeemer Presbyterian Church.


Ismael Hernandez is founder and executive director of the  Freedom & Virtue Institute and author of Not Tragically Colored: Freedom, Personhood and the Renewal of Black America. He has 30 years of experience in inner-city ministry, lectures for the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty, and is an adjunct instructor with Hodges University in Fort Myers, FL. He has been married for 25 years and has four children.

Dr. Marvin Olasky is editor-in-chief of World and the author of The Tragedy of American CompassionCompassionate Conservatism, and other books. He is a PCA elder and was a UT professor for 25 years, during which he chaired the boards of City School and the Austin Crisis Pregnancy Center, and was an American-Statesman columnist. He has been married for 41 years and has four children and five grandchildren.

World Magazine interview of Ismael Hernandez by Marvin Olasky.


Saturday, January 20, 2018




Redeemer Presbyterian Church

2111 Alexander Ave

Austin, TX 78722

Upstairs Classroom #206


Free admission but donations accepted.


Lunch provided.

Childcare not provided. 

Open to the public, but limited capacity of 50 people.

For any questions regarding the event or signing up, please contact Grace + Peace Deacon, Aaron Wedemeyer at

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