Welcoming the Stranger

The Distillery Season 3

Prompted by a discussion with his eight-year-old son about the immigrant and refugee crises around the world, Kent Annan explores how fear and misunderstanding can motivate our response to those in need, and invites us instead to consider welcoming the stranger in meaningful ways guided by faith and love.

The Distillery is a podcast that explores the essential ingredients of book and research projects with experts in their field of study. Learn what motivates their work and why it matters for Christian theology and ministry.

Annan Kent


Kent Annan is director of humanitarian and disaster leadership at Wheaton College, where he leads an M.A. program as part of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute. He’s on the board of directors of Equitas Group, a philanthropic foundation focused on ending child exploitation in Haiti and Southeast Asia. He cofounded Haiti Partners, and he’s a senior consultant for Development Associates International, which trains Christian leaders around the world. Kent is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University (B.A.) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.). He teaches adult education at his local church and speaks regularly to groups around the country. He is the author of You Welcomed Me: Loving Refugees and Immigrants Because God First Loved Us (2018), Slow Kingdom Coming (2016), After Shock (2011), and Following Jesus through the Eye of the Needle (2009). Kent and his wife, Shelly, live in Florida with their daughter and son.

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