The Reverend Dr. Kimberly Credit serves as the first female Pastor at the historic Mount Zion Baptist Church of Boonton Township, New Jersey. Dr. Credit is a theologian and Christian apologist who currently directs the DMin cohort for Transformational Preaching at Payne Theological Seminary. She is the founder of “The Preaching Lab,” a monthly preaching clinic where she provides coaching and training for preachers. She was the first female and African American to present in the National Conference on Christian Apologetics.
The Reverend Dr. Soong-Chan Rah was just appointed as the next Robert Munger Professor of Evangelism at Fuller Theological Seminary. He will be transitioning from his current assignment as the Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary. He has authored or co-authored over a half dozen books including The Next Evangelicalism; Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity and Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church.
Mr. Steve Park founded Little Lights Urban Ministries in 1995. Starting with no funds and no experience, he has grown LLUM to 14 full-time and 40 part-time staff and over 600 volunteers. He is one of the founders of the DC Unity and Justice Fellowship, an organization dedicated to racial unity and justice in the body of Christ, specifically in the DC area. Steve won the Gelman, Rosenberg and Freedman EXCEL Award for Non-Profit Executive Management in 2010 and the John Thompson Legacy of a Dream Award from Georgetown University in 2018.
Reverend Jevon Billups has over 20 years of service in local churches, regional fellowships and national organizations. Pastor Billups currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Dominion Life Center in Largo MD. He is an experienced conference and convocation preacher, revivalist, seminar presenter, teacher, worship leader and minister of music. He has been blessed to serve in various leadership capacities with local and international organizations including financial institutions, private corporations, and educational enrichment programs.
Esther Moreno is the author of Children’s Ministry Wake-Up Call and the founder of Child’s Heart Ministries. Esther leads training and hosts monthly live webinars for children’s ministry departments and workers. She has more than 15 years of experience in various churches and denominations.
Reverend Audrea Gray serves as the Director of Kids Ministries for the Potomac Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God, where she provides encouragement, resources and training to children’s ministry leaders in the DMV and West Virginia. She and her husband Jonathan are pastors of New Song Community Church in Washington DC.
Reverend Tomika McFadden is an ordained itinerant deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal church and currently serves as the Minister to Young Adults at Greater Mount Nebo AME Church in Bowie MD. She is pursuing a MDiv degree with a certificate in African American Church Studies and concentration in Spiritual Care from Wesley Theological Seminary.
Reverend Keith Butler is the Associate Pastor and Director of Youth Ministries at Mount Oak Fellowship in Bowie MD. He has served local communities and youth for over ten years. Keith has started numerous mentoring programs at local churches, elementary schools, and high schools from Wesley Theological Seminary.
Dr. James R. Love, Sr. currently serves as the President of the Waldorf School of the Bible. He previously served as the pastor of Love the Gospel Church in Temple Hills MD. Dr. Love received his Doctor of Ministry from Westminster Theological Seminary. He is a past chairman of the National Capital Christian Education Conference.
Reverend Ron Carter serves as the Director of Training and Resources for the Devos Urban Leadership Initiative. He has over 15 years of experience in urban youth ministry and is knowledgeable in both personal and ministry assessment practices. He received his Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Reverend Robbie Pruitt is the assistant rector at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Leesburg VA. He earned a Master of Arts in Theology from Columbia International University. Robbie enjoys writing poetry and also writing about leadership, discipleship and theology.
Dr. Mark Farnham has been teaching and practicing apologetics in the church and academy for almost 15 years. He earned a PhD in Apologetics from Westminster Theological Seminary and is the author of Every Believer Confident: Apologetics for the Ordinary Christian. He is also the founder of Apologetics for the Church, a local church training ministry.
Canden Webb is a spoken word artist and the CEO of Beautiful Minds Entertainment, a creative arts agency in Washington DC. Canden helps shape the perspectives of young believers by pointing them to practical methods for applying Biblical truth without compromise through her poetry performances, published works, speaking and purity coaching.
Reverend Thomas Brackeen serves as the Minister to Youth and Families at the historic Metropolitan AME Church in Washington DC. He has more than 18 years of experience in youth and young adult ministry. He also serves as the East Central Region Coordinator for the National Network of Youth Ministries and is the DC Area Fuel Network Leader fo the Urban Youth Workers Institute.