Southeastern Synod ELCA

Ronald Bonner Sr

Director for Evangelical Mission, Assistant to the Bishop
(404) 718-9711

Ronald Bonner Is the pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Atonement, Atlanta, GA.  and a Director of Evangelical Mission/Assistant to the Bishop of the Southeastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Pastor Bonner has served as the Manager for Multicultural Resources for Augsburg Fortress Publishers in Minneapolis, MN. Pastor Bonner’s first call was to the United Church of Christ as the Assistant to the President for Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity.  Prior to attending and completing Seminary from 1992 to 1995 he worked in corporate America in various roles, including National Account Data Sales Executive, Equal Employment Opportunity Investigator, Sales and Marketing Supervisor for AT&T, and Marketing Executive for I.B.M. 
Pastor Bonner is the author of No Bigotry Allowed: Losing the Spirit of Fear, Towards the Conversation about Race. This book looks at the origins of race and racial tension in America.  This compact book has received stellar endorsements and provides a practical and sustainable solution to the problems of racism and bigotry in the United States by addressing the issue of responsibility.  His latest book, The Seat is a short story looking at issues of radicalized law enforcement and effective ways to bring justice to victims of questionable police violence. He is also the editor of 3 religious devotionals.
Two of pastor Bonner’s foundational and favorite scriptures are Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God” and Romans 1:16 “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.”  One of his favorite quotes is from Eleanor Roosevelt.  “We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience…we must do that which we think we cannot.”