Tim Brown is one of the greatest wide receivers to ever play in the National Football League. Notre Dame's Heisman Trophy winner in 1987, and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015, Tim played sixteen seasons for the Los Angeles and Oakland Raiders, earning nine Pro Bowl selections and setting numerous team and league records. He has served as a television analyst for Fox Sports, NBC, ESPN, and Sirius XM Satellite radio, and devotes his time and efforts to numerous charitable causes.
Jada is an experienced Bible teacher and has committed her life to equipping women of all ages with practical, biblical truth. She currently serves as the Women's Pastor and as the Director of Creative Services for One Community Church in Plano, Texas. Jada teaches a mid-week women’s Bible study to over 1,300 women each week. She has authored two books based on her Bible studies: Captive Mind and Thirst. She and her husband, Conway, have a son, Joah, and a daughter, Chloe.
Wayne Francis leads the New York City location of The Life Church and was the founder and lead pastor of the former Authentic Church, which merged with The Life Church in early 2020. Wayne and his wife, Claudene, have been married for twenty years and have two beautiful teenage daughters, Haleigh and Ryleigh.
Dr. Derwin L. Gray is the cofounder along with his wife Vicki, and leader pastor of Transformation Church, a multiethnic, multigenerational, mission-shaped church in the Charlotte, NC, area. Dr. Gray has been married since 1992 and has two adult children. He played six seasons in the NFL. In 2015, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Southern Evangelical Seminary. In 2018, he received his Doctor of Ministry in the New Testament in Context at Northern Seminary under Dr. Scot McKnight. He is the author of several books, including the national bestseller, &The Good Life.*
As a bestselling author, speaker, singer and television host, Michelle McKinney Hammond has authored over 40 books (selling over two million copies worldwide) including best-selling titles The Diva Principle, Sassy, Single and Satisfied, Secrets of An Irresistible Woman and 101 Ways To Get and Keep His Attention. Michelle's passion is to give relevant and workable solutions to people's questions through solid and effective principles that will help her audience navigate through the journey of life and reach the ultimate destination of living and loving to their fullest potential.
Chrystal Evans Hurst co-authored the best-selling book, Kingdom Woman, with her father Dr. Tony Evans. She reaches a wide audience speaking at conferences, sharing on her blog, Chrystal's Chronicles, writing for Proverbs 31 Ministries, and by teaching and leading women in her home church. As the COO (Chief Operating Officer) of the Hurst household, she is a dedicated wife to Jessie and mother of five. Chrystal lives just outside of Dallas, Texas.
Jerald January, Sr. is the Pastor of Possibilities™ known for inspiring hope and vision in God’s people. He serves as the Senior Pastor of Vernon Park Church of God in Lynwood, Illinois and is the Visionary of Vernon Park Village which will be an expanded church campus featuring senior living facilities, a sports complex, and retail vendors. He is the president of Jerald January Ministries, past USA Director for Compassion International, served as a counselor in the Cook County Jail System, served for 18 years with Inner-City Youth and Community Ministries, is the author of several books, and has been in ministry for over 45 years. He’s the proud father of five children and resides in the south suburbs of Chicago with his wife, Evangelist Maura Gale.
The Reverend Melanie C. Jones is a womanist ethicist, millennial preacher, and intellectual activist. Melanie joined the Union Presbyterian Seminary faculty as Instructor of Ethics, Theology and Culture and Inaugural Director of the Katie Geneva Cannon Center for Womanist Leadership in fall 2019. Formerly, Melanie served as the 2018-19 Crump Visiting Professor and Black Religious Scholar-in-Residence at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, TX, and Lecturer at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, TX, American Baptist College in Nashville, TN, Chicago Theological Seminary, and The Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL. Melanie’s research probes the scripting of the body in theology and philosophy that fosters religious, cultural, and moral meaning for the present with particular attention to Black women’s body politics. For her distinguished research, Melanie has received notable fellowships and scholarships, including The Forum for Theological Exploration, The Louisville Institute, Wabash Center, and Villanova University Center for Church Management. Melanie is a thinking woman of faith embodying radical love and revolutionary justice in the academy, Church, and global community. As a global leader serving professional societies and international boards, Melanie is Co-Founder of The Millennial Womanism Project (TMWP) — an enterprise committed to enhancing the well-being of Black millennial women of faith and justice and fostering trans-generational womanist dialogue. A third-generation ordained Baptist preacher and sought-after lecturer, Melanie is an emerging millennial voice with noted academic and popular publications as well as features on television, radio, and news outlets.
Lecrae is a hip-hop artist, activist, author, and socially conscious voice of our time. In addition to earning accolades for his musical talent, he has gained wide recognition for maintaining a strong commitment to his faith and values. “More caught than taught” is how the artist describes his incredible journey that includes two GRAMMY awards; a history-making #1 and RIAA Gold certified album, Anomaly, the masterful 2014 offering which topped Billboard’s coveted Top 200 Albums chart; along with his recent single, “I’ll Find You,” which went Platinum in April 2020. Lecrae also helped found and serves on the board of Peace Preparatory Academy in Atlanta, GA, where he resides with his wife and three children.
Alan Marshall is a skilled youth minister, student preacher, and international missionary. He was licensed as a Youth Minister at Shiloh Christian Church in Middletown, Connecticut. In 2018, Alan began to work at Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and is currently a Campus Staff Minister at Wesleyan University. Alan has served in several non-profit, academic, and ministry contexts in the New England region. Alan received a Diploma in Biblical Studies in 2015 from Middlesex Institute of Theology and Technology, his B.A. in Christian Ministry with a concentration in Pastoral Care at Regent University in 2021, and he is currently in pursuit of an M.A. in Organizational Leadership.
The Reverend Elijah Llewellyn McDavid III is a passionate disciple, dynamic preacher, and cultural architect. He proudly serves as the Senior Pastor of the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pastor McDavid received his Master of Divinity from the Union Theological Seminary (Columbia University) in New York City and is also a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Before coming to Fellowship, Rev. McDavid served on the pastoral staff of the Alfred Street Baptist Church of Alexandria, VA. The recipient of many distinctions, his love for serving others has allowed him to preach in a variety of settings nationally and internationally.
Nabeel Qureshi was a speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He earned an MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School, an MA in Christian apologetics from Biola University, and an MA in religion from Duke University.
The Rev. Dr. Dominique A. Robinson, a New Jersey native, is a millennial Womanist homiletician and justice advocate. Dominique earned her B.A. from Georgetown University, M.Div, and Th.M. both from Candler School of Theology. She earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Gospel and Culture. Her dissertation, "iHomiletic™: Preaching that Clicks," is groundbreaking research and consulting services to assist faith leaders with developing impactful ministry that employs technology and social media linguistics. She currently is a Ph.D. student at Christian Theological Seminary in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric. Dr. Robinson is the new John Hines Assistant Professor of Preaching at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, TX. She takes great pride in being the former inaugural Dean of Chapel and Assistant Professor of Religion at Wiley College in Marshall, TX. Dr. Robinson is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church and a member of the illustrious Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
John Siebeling is the founding and senior pastor of The Life Church based in Memphis, Tennessee. John serves as a founding board member of the Association of Related Churches and is the author of several books. He and his wife, Leslie, live in Memphis, Tennessee, and serve together with their two adult children, Anna and Mark.
Jemar Tisby (BA, University of Notre Dame, MDiv Reformed Theological Seminary) is the president of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective where he writes about race, religion, politics, and culture. He is also cohost of the Pass the Mic podcast. He has spoken nationwide at conferences and his writing has been featured in the Washington Post, CNN, and Vox. Jemar is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Mississippi studying race, religion, and social movements in the twentieth century.
Bishop Joseph Warren Walker, III, is the Senior Pastor of the historic Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Nashville, Tennessee. He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, to Deacon Joseph and Mrs. Rosa Walker. Bishop Walker currently serves as the International Presiding Bishop in the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, International. Bishop Walker received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He holds two honorary Doctorates from Meharry Medical College and Southern University, respectively. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Meharry Medical College and Citizens Savings Bank and serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Tennessee State University. In 1992, at the age of 24, Bishop Walker began his pastorate at Mt. Zion with 175 members. Presently, the ministry has grown to over 30,000 and continues to grow at a phenomenal rate with eight weekly services in three physical locations, which also includes a worldwide virtual church location.
Reverend Andrew Wilkes is the co-founding, co-lead pastor of the Double Love Experience Church in Brooklyn, New York and the former Executive Director of the Drum Major Institute, a social change organization founded by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rev. Wilkes serves on the board of directors for the Institute for Christian Socialism and the Labor-Religion Coalition of New York. An alum of Hampton University and Prínceton Theological Seminary, Rev. Wilkes is also a PhD candidate in political science at the CUNY Graduate Center and the author of Freedom Notes: *Reflections on Faith, Justice, and the Possibility of Democracy.*
Pastor Gabby Cudjoe Wilkes works at the intersection of faith, culture, leadership and strategy. She travels the country as a public speaker and strategist, working with individuals and institutions to dream strategically about the impact they wish to leave on the world. Her work centers storytelling, prophetic imagination, and design thinking as key tools for maximum impact. Pastor Gabby is the Co-Founding, co-lead pastor of The Double Love Experience Church in Brooklyn, New York. Before launching her church, she served on the pastoral staff of New York City mega church: The Greater Allen Cathedral of New York for five years as co-young adult pastor. She's a proud graduate of Hampton University, New York University, & Yale University Divinity School where she serves on the alumni board. Pastor Gabby is currently in her last semester of coursework at Duke Divinity School where she is pursuing her Doctorate in Ministry. She was featured in Forbes in 2020 and Essence in 2019 & 2016. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Andrew.
Rev. Jeremy L. Williams, Ph.D. is a native of Huntsville, AL. He successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation on racialization and criminalization in Acts of the Apostles at Harvard University. Dr. Williams is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. He graduated with Highest Honors in Religious Studies and Economics from Vanderbilt University, and he earned the M.Div. degree from Yale Divinity School. Rev. Williams is ordained as an Elder in Full Connection in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. He has served in ministry for almost 20 years and as lead pastor of two congregations in Connecticut. He is also a national awardee of his honorable fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi.