Ralph Watkins and Marthame Sanders connect art, inspiration and ministry

Ralph Watkins and Marthame Sanders connect art, inspiration and ministry

May 25, 2107—aijcast (art, inspiration, justice) is a weekly podcast hosted by Marthame Sanders. Featuring artists from a variety of media, we explore the connections between the artist and their art, their sources of and hopes for inspiration, and how it all tries to make the world a better place.

In this episode, he talks with Professor Ralph Basui Watkins, a multi-talented pastor, scholar, photographer, and artist about how they all intersect in a ministry that keeps justice at its center.


Ralph Watkins leads The Center for Lifelong Learning’s post-graduate Thompson Scholars, and Marthame Sanders is leading, along with MaryAnn McKibben Dana, the October class Yes, And: Improvisational Leadership in Times of Dizzying Change.

Marthame Sanders is an Atlanta-based dad, artist, and pastor. A graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago, Marthame has served in ministry as international mission staff, youth director, and solo pastor. aijcast is his latest project, seeking to unite his passion for faith, art, and justice. Marthame and his wife, Elizabeth, keep busy parenting their two sons, ages 6 and 10, who are awesome but—let’s be honest—kind of immature. Marthame enjoys writing music, improvising on stage, and the fact that his two sons give him cover to play with Legos®. He will tell anyone who will listen (and some who won’t) about his self-released rock CD and the documentary film series he and Elizabeth produced. Unfortunately, his bragging undermines his “street cred.”

​Dr. Ralph Basui Watkins brings a unique flair to his work.  As a formally trained sociologist he is able see deep into the human condition.  Because of his training as photographer he understands how images give life and transcend the moment they capture. His work has been published in magazines and used for major advertisements. He is known as, “The Scholar with a Camera” because he has also published widely.  He is a true professional and his work tells the story like no other. He is the Peachtree Associate Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth at Columbia Theological Seminary.

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The original podcast, along with many other great conversations, can be found on the aijcast website.

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