Our Story

As Christians, we have an opportunity to lead the way on racial understanding and healing.

Amid the stress and uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 was also a year of racial reckoning in America. For many Christians, the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked an urgent desire for change. His death, and many other incidents like it, was a painful reminder of the great racial divisions and racist mindsets that still exist in this country.

Now is the time for America to come together, to truly listen to one another, and to see that we are all God’s children.

We recognize that the Christian Church is in a unique position to lead the way toward greater racial equity and to grow strong leaders who understand, recognize and reject racism within and outside of the church walls. We believe finding a way forward starts with relationship-building to bridge the divide that exists from either not sitting in the same sanctuaries together or simply not getting to know each other well enough to go deeper on important issues.

Our work

Momentum Conversations is a grassroots movement modeled after Christ’s example. We pave the way for Church leaders of all races to convene in fellowship, break bread together, and mobilize the collective Church around the issues of racism, racial healing and justice. Our dinners are a chance for diverse Christians to learn from each other, understand a new perspective, and carry that loving momentum back out into the world to be change makers.

“The Bible says, ‘They shared doctrine and the breaking of bread’. How? From house to house. They came together with fellowship, having breakfast, lunch, or dinner and what did that do? That produced a loving relationship.”
– Bishop Omar
Cofounder of Momentum Conversations

Our mission

Momentum Conversations seeks to unite Christians in one accord to heal the racial divide and ultimately end racism once and for all.

This is a hearts and minds movement that naturally lends itself to the Christian faith. As believers, we are all steadfast in our mission to exemplify the power of Christ’s love. Part of that love is the recognition that we are all God’s children, and we all deserve to live in a country that sees us as worthy of respect, safety, fellowship, and love. Regardless of background or experience, we can all come together to lead the way toward a more just, more equitable future.

By fostering fellowship, breaking bread together, and strengthening relationships, we will have the difficult conversations, reflect with one another, and move forward in a way that is unified and intentional. Together, we can be catalysts for change, and we can help heal this nation.

Founding Team

Gary Sutton
Bishop Omar
Cymber Robinson

Gary Sutton

Gary Sutton founded VAR Technology Finance (VAR) in 1988 after a successful career in the technology industry. From 1988-2019, Gary led VAR to be largest leasing and finance company within the technology finance channel and the 5th largest independent equipment finance and leasing company in the U.S. by annual volume of financing.  At the time of its sale to People’s United Bank in 2019, VAR had revenues approaching $200 million and had  provided financing for over 40,000 businesses throughout the U.S. including many major corporations and businesses of all sizes.

Gary and his son, Jordan, are managing partners at Sutton Firm. He is also the founder and CEO of Sutton International, a charitable organization specializing in providing support and resources for Christian and various non-profit organizations.

Gary currently serves on a number of non-profit boards including Southwestern Assemblies of God University, and is an Ambassador for Stand Together, a non-profit founded by Charles Koch, which empowers people dedicated to helping others improve their lives.

Gary’s passion is using creativity and strategy to help people and organizations create greater value within society. He strongly believes that 1) non-profit, faith-led organizations and businesses can and must lead the charge in creating greater good in our society, and 2) developing meaningful relationships, whether personal, business or faith, is paramount in each of us living a fulfilling life. His desire is to help as many people as possible achieve these goals.

Gary enjoys traveling, golf, tennis, hiking and especially spending time with family. Gary has been married to Sheree for 37 years. They have three happily married children who are all actively involved in various entrepreneurial endeavors ranging from the financial, film, and technology industries. The Suttons also have three amazing grandchildren whom they enjoy very much.

Bishop Omar

Bishop Omar Jahwar is the CEO and founder of Urban Specialists, an internationally renowned community center that works to end senseless violence. Bishop Omar has long been the voice of Dallas’ urban communities, most notably in the areas of social change and eradicating violence.

He and Gary Sutton teamed up and found Momentum Conversations and establish a framework to bring black and white Christians together to break bread and bridge the racial divide. Courageous and grace-filled conversations are something Bishop Omar believes in and he is excited to see what the Lord will do with these Momentum Conversation relationships.

Bishop Omar has spent 23 years promoting strong families, helping to strengthen communities and advocating for peace. Since the age of 17, he has worked diligently to curb the violence plaguing our communities and has thus become a prominent leader within the urban community.

More than 20 years ago, Bishop Omar became the first state-appointed gang specialist in Texas. In this role, he negotiated peace terms between incarcerated rival gang members and, in 2000, brought more than 400 gang members together to negotiate the first peace treaty between the infamous Blood and Crip gangs in Dallas.

Today, Bishop Omar is known all over the world for his results-driven approach to interrupting senseless violence and bringing about positive change in communities with high crime and poverty rates. He has inspired and provided solutions around the country for businesses, educational institutions and school districts, nonprofit organizations, congregations and communities.

As an authority in dealing with gang violence, he has spoken at the White House on multiple occasions and has consulted with Russian officials on gang issues. His pipeline from the Hood to the White House is filled with a host of historically “unusual” partnerships and creative alliances that extends to his shared network.

Cymber Robinson was hired in 2019 by Bishop Omar and his team and has been serving in the role of Assistant to the Director of Urban Specialist. Cymber has been actively involved in Heal America Tours and gang intervention through OGU national cohort meetings.

Her previous roles have included Head Start, educational training for teachers, and a charter school, all focused on helping people in urban communities improve their lives. She has almost 15 years of experience working with youth in urban communities.

Cymber Robinson

Cymber Robinson was hired in 2019 by Bishop Omar and his team and has been serving in the role of Assistant to the Director of Urban Specialist. Cymber has been actively involved in Heal America Tours and gang intervention through OGU national cohort meetings.

Her previous roles have included Head Start, educational training for teachers, and a charter school, all focused on helping people in urban communities improve their lives. She has almost 15 years of experience working with youth in urban communities.

“I definitely don’t want to miss what God is doing in this group. It needs to multiply and we need to see it happening from community to community, city to city.”
Rick Dubose

MAKE A DONATION

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ATTEND A DINNER

Let’s connect with each other in one accord against racism. And let God guide our work. Join us as we break bread together (and gather virtually) to stand in unity for racial equity and justice, one relationship at a time.

HOST A DINNER

Together, we can help heal the racial divide in America. We greatly appreciate financial donations to our cause.
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