Jennifer Ackerman

Pastor, Worship Leader Associate Director, Ogilvie Institute of Preaching, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA

Joanna Adams

Retired pastor in the Presbyterian church and co-founder of Higher Ground

Dwight Andrews

Composer, Musician, Educator and Minister

Anthony Bailey

Lead Minister, Parkdale United Church, Ottawa, Canada

Charlotte Blake Alston

Master Storyteller, Narrator and Librettist

Walter Brueggemann

Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary

Anna Carter Florence

Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching, Columbia Theological Seminary

Cláudio Carvalhaes

Associate Professor of Homiletics and Worship at McCormick Theological Seminary

Edgardo Colón-Emeric

John Wesley Fellow and Assistant Professor of Christian Theology at Duke Divinity School

The Fleshpots of Egypt

Bluegrass Music Group

Yvette Flunder

Founder and Lead Pastor of City of Refuge UCC Church; San Francisco, CA

Teresa Fry Brown

Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology and Associate Pastor of New Bethel AME Church

Nora Gallagher

American Writer

Rev. Grace Imathiu

Lead Pastor, Community UMC and International Speaker

Rolf Jacobson

Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary

Karoline Lewis

Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching and the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching, Luther Seminary

David Lose

President, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

John McCutcheon

American Folksinger

Alyce McKenzie

Le Van Professor of Preaching and Worship Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Director, Center for Preaching Excellence

Dr. Tony McNeill

Director of Worship and The Arts at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church

Joy J. Moore

Assistant Professor of Preaching, Fuller Theological Seminary and academic liaison to the William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies.

Jennifer Morrow

Pastor, Rowayton United Methodist Church

Otis Moss III

Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago

Heidi Neumark

Author, Speaker and Pastor, Trinity Lutheran of Manhattan

Julie Pennington Russell

Writer, Poet, Preacher and Feminist

Leonard Pitts

Award-winning Columnist, College Professor, Radio Producer and international lecturer

Bruce Reyes-Chow

Transitional Pastor, Valley Presbyterian Church and Coach and Senior Consultant with the Center for Progressive Renewal

Timothy Ross

Pastor, Hopwood Christian Church and Adjunct Professor, Emmanuel Christian Seminary

Peter Wallace

Executive Producer & Host, Day1

Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, Ph.D

Senior Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA

Will Willimon

Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School

Lauren Winner

Assistant Professor of Christian Spirituality, Duke Divinity School; Priest Associate at St. Luke's Episcopal Church and Author


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Speaker Profile: Joanna Adams


Retired pastor in the Presbyterian church and co-founder of Higher Ground

Joanna Adams is a preacher, pastor, and teacher known for building bridges of understanding in both the community and in the church.

A graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary, Rev. Adams holds an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Davidson College and was awarded the Alumni Association Medal of Honor from Emory University and Columbia’s Distinguished Alumni/ae award. She has also served as a trustee of the Presbyterian Church Foundation, trustee of Agnes Scott College, and chair of the Board of Trustees for ...

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Speaker Profile: Grace Imathiu


Lead Pastor, Community UMC and International Speaker

Rev. Grace Imathiu, Community UMC’s lead pastor, was born and raised in Kenya and has one brother and three sisters. Her father is a retired Bishop of the Methodist Church in Kenya and received the 2005 World Methodist Council Peace Award for confronting Idi Amin’s regime and South Africa’s apartheid system. Her mother, a retired teacher, is a Local Preacher and has served in many leadership roles in the church.

Grace was educated in Kenya, the USA (Methodist Theological School in Ohio and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee), ...

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