Members

Speakers


Sami Awad Bridgette Bowman Jonathan Brooks Mae Elise Cannon Noel Castellanos
Mark Charles Christena Cleveland Sami DiPasquale Leslie Garrote Wayne “Coach” Gordon
Erna Hackett David Montague Mary Nelson Juan Peña John Perkins
Soong-Chan Rah Michael Rhodes Kenneth Robinson Rene Rochester Alexia Salvatierra
Sonia Stewart Rahiel Tesfamariam Sahar Vardi Trey Willis Nia Zalamea


Sami Awad

Date & Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Thursday, Nov 12

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Sami Awad is the Executive Director of Holy Land Trust (HLT), a Palestinian nonprofit organization which he founded in 1998 in Bethlehem. HLT works with the Palestinian community at both the grassroots and leadership levels in developing nonviolent approaches that aim to end the Israeli occupation and build a future founded on the principles of nonviolence, equality, justice, and peaceful coexistence.


Bridgette Bowman

Date & Time: 9:30am – 11:30am, Saturday, Nov 14

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Bridgette Bowman was appointed to the position of DMC Compliance Officer for the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County in August 2015. DMC stands for disproportionate minority contact and addresses the issues of racial and ethnic disparity in the juvenile system. A native Virginian, she holds earned degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond Law School and is a recent graduate of the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative. Her unique career has flowed seamlessly between the worlds of education, social services and the criminal justice system. She has managed public housing, taught in non-traditional school settings and advocated in courtrooms, all in preparation for “such a time as this.”


Jonathan Brooks

Date & Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Wednesday, Nov 11

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Affectionately known as “Pastah Jay,” Jonathan Brooks is the Senior Pastor of Canaan Community Church on the south side of Chicago in the West Englewood Community. He is a nationally known speaker and artist and has recorded four hip-hop albums with the group Out-World. Jonathan has also been an elementary teacher in Chicago for over a decade and just recently graduated from Northern Seminary, with his Master of Divinity in Christian Community Development.

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Mae Elise Cannon

Date & Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Thursday, Nov 12

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Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon is a pastor, writer, and academic who cares deeply about God’s heart for the poor and the oppressed. She is the author of Social Justice Handbook: Small Steps for a Better World (IVP, 2009), Just Spirituality: How Faith Practices Fuel Social Action (IVP, 2012) and co-author of Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith (Zondervan, 2014). Mae earned her doctorate in American History with the minor in Middle Eastern studies from the University of California – Davis, focusing her dissertation on the history of the American Protestant church in Israel and Palestine. She has worked as both a consultant to the Middle East for Compassion International and as the Senior Director of Advocacy and Policy for World Vision.


Noel Castellanos

Date & Time: 9:30am – 11:30am, Saturday, Nov 14

Noel CastellanosNoel has worked in full-time ministry in Latino, urban communities since 1982. He has served in youth ministry, church planting, advocacy and community development in San Francisco, San Jose, and Chicago. After serving on the Board of the Christian Community Development Association for many years, he established the CCDA Institute, which equips emerging church leaders in the philosophy of Christian Community Development, and currently serves as the CEO and President of CCDA. Noel is the author of Where the Cross Meets the Street: What Happens to the Neighborhood When God is at the Center, which blends the art of story with firmly rooted theology and time tested praxis. Noel and his wife of 30 years, Marianne make their home in the barrio of La Villita in Chicago, and have three grown children; Noel Luis, Stefan, and Anna.

Watch a clip from Noel’s talk at the 2013 National Conference.

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Mark Charles

Date & Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Wednesday, Nov 11

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Mark Charles is a dynamic and thought-provoking public speaker, writer, and consultant. The son of an American woman (of Dutch heritage) and a Navajo man, Mark speaks with insight into the complexities of American history regarding race, culture, and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and reconciliation for the nation. Mark is the founder and director of 5 Small Loaves, an organization that pursues racial reconciliation through honest education, intentional conversation, and meaningful action. In December of 2012 Mark organized and hosted a public reading of the US Apology to Native peoples that was buried on page 45 of the 2010 Department of Defense appropriations bill.


Christena Cleveland

Date & Time: 9:30am – 11:30am, Friday, Nov 13

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Christena Cleveland is a social psychologist with a hopeful passion for reconciling across cultural divisions. She is the first Associate Professor of the Practice of Reconciliation at Duke University’s Divinity School where she is also the faculty director of Duke’s Center for Reconciliation. Christena earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

 
 

Sami DiPasquale

Date & Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Thursday, Nov 12

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Sami DiPasquale lives with his wife and children in an immigrant community on the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas where he has served for the last eleven years as the executive director of Ciudad Nueva Community Outreach. Sami holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (International Development) from Wheaton College, and an MBA from the University of Texas at El Paso. Sami grew up overseas, spending the majority of his childhood in the Middle East. He lived in Jordan, Cyprus, Egypt & India and has worked the last fourteen years in refugee and immigrant communities in the United States. He serves on the board of directors of CCDA, chairing the global connections committee. Sami’s driving motivation is to join others in bridging divides and moving toward reconciliation with God, his neighbors and the rest of creation.


Leslie Garrote

Date & Time: 9:30am – 11:30am, Thursday, Nov 12

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Leslie Garrote was first introduced to CCD principles in 2000 as a summer intern at Desire Street Ministries (DSM), a ministry in New Orleans’ 9th ward. After graduating from Tulane University with a degree in history and math, she joined the faculty of Desire Street Academy, a private Christian school for boys founded by DSM in 2002. Leslie served at DSA for five years as a teacher, curriculum coordinator and headmaster in the school’s final year of operation. Leslie earned a M.A. in Secondary Social Studies Education from The City College of New York in 2009 and recently completed a M.Ed. in School Leadership from Covenant College in May 2015. From 2012 to 2015, she served as a coach to new teachers and as a professor of education for the Memphis Teacher Residency. She recently returned to her beloved New Orleans and is spending this school year discerning where the Lord is calling her in the next stage of her career.


Wayne “Coach ” Gordon

Date & Time: 8:30am – 9:30am, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Nov 12 – 14

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Affectionately known in his community as “Coach”, Dr. Wayne Gordon is founding Pastor of Lawndale Community Church and co-founder and President of the Christian Community Development Association. He is a graduate of Wheaton College and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, and received his Doctor of Ministry from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1975, Wayne moved to the North Lawndale neighborhood on Chicago’s west side, which, at that time, was the 15th poorest neighborhood in the country. In Lawndale, he taught and coached at Farragut High School. Wayne and his wife, Anne, along with local high school students, founded Lawndale Community Church with a goal of developing a new generation of leaders for North Lawndale. Over 200 young people have graduated from college with more than half returning to live and work in the community. Today, LCC has over 1,000 worshipping families and Wayne continues as pastor. Wayne and Anne have raised their three children in the Lawndale community.

Watch Wayne Gordon’s 2009 plenary talk at the CCDA National Conference.

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Erna Hackett

Date & Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Wednesday, Nov 11

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Erna spent the last 20 years living in Los Angeles and loving college students. She specializes in building multi-ethnic communities, diverse approaches to worship, and bridging college students and the inner city. For ten years, she worked with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s Black Campus Ministries. She recently moved to Portland, Oregon where she is pursuing her Masters in Intercultural Studies under the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS). She is the Director of Worship for the Urbana 15 Missions Conference and continues to work with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. She blogs at www.feistythoughts.com. In another life, she worked as a singer in LA––her music can be found at www.erna.me.

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David Montague

Date & Time 9:30am – 11:30am, Thursday, Nov 12

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David Montague serves as the President of the Memphis Teacher Residency. Prior to MTR, David served for two years (2005-2007) with Campus Crusade for Christ in East Asia. From 2000-2005, David was the Director of Service Over Self, an urban home-repair ministry in the Binghampton neighborhood of Memphis. From 1987-2000, David was with Morgan Keegan & Co as an investment broker and managing director. David, a lifetime Memphian, graduated in 1986 from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) with a degree in Finance. David has been married to his wife Kelli for 23 years and they have five daughters: May, Annie, Ruthie, Mary Van and Joy.

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Mary Nelson

Date & Time: 9:30am – 11:30am, Saturday, Nov 14

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Founder, former CEO, and president emeritus of Bethel New Life on Chicago’s West Side, Mary Nelson is presently coordinator of the Loyola University Institute of Pastoral Studies master’s degree program in Social Justice and Community Development. She serves on the boards of CCDA, Sojourners, and the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education and is in demand as a consultant, writer, teacher, and speaker in all areas of community development. Mary holds a Ph.D. from Union Graduate School.


Juan Peña

Date & Time: 9:30am – 11:30am, Friday, Nov 13

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Juan and his wife Courtney have four boys and live in the Clayton neighborhood. He was born in Bogotá, Colombia and immigrated to the U.S. Juan has a Master of Divinity and has planted two multi-ethnic churches. He enjoys rooting for the Patriots and Red Sox, reading World War II books, having cookouts with his neighbors at Nairobi Park, and playing soccer with his boys. Juan is deeply engaged in serving the Northeast Community in downtown Denver. He is a Founding Board member of University Preparatory School and is the Executive Director for CrossPurpose.

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John Perkins

Date & Time: 8:30am – 9:30am, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Nov 12 – 14

john perkinsDr. John M. Perkins was born into Mississippi poverty in 1930. After overcoming the seemingly impassible barriers of being black in the segregated South, Dr. Perkins had moved to California to escape the oppression of Mississippi’s closed society. In 1957, Dr. Perkins was converted to Christianity and after three years of discipleship, he was called back to the struggle of his home state of Mississippi. Since then, Dr. Perkins has lived the last 54 years engaged in the work of developing our world’s most troubling cities. His faithfulness to loving God and loving his worldwide neighbors has been recognized by eleven honorary doctorate degrees. Dr. Perkins has personally advised three U.S. presidents, has participated in writing 14 books, and founded the internationally known organization and movement, the Christian Community Development Association. With all these accolades, Dr. Perkins’ pride comes from his 62-year marriage to his wife, Vera Mae.

Watch videos of Dr. Perkins’ Bible studies at the CCDA National Conference and check out his books.

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Soong-Chan Rah

Day & Time:  7:00pm – 9:00pm, Wednesday, Nov 11

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Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is Milton B. Engebretson Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL and the author of The Next Evangelicalism; Many Colors; and co-author of Forgive Us and an upcoming commentary on the book of Lamentations: Prophetic Lament. Soong-Chan received his B.A. in Political Science and History/Sociology from Columbia University; his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; his Th.M. from Harvard University; his D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and is currently in the Th.D. program at Duke University. Soong-Chan, his wife, Sue, who teaches special education, and their two children, Annah and Elijah live in Chicago.

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Michael Rhodes

Date & Time: 9:30am – 11:30am, Friday, Nov 13

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Michael Rhodes has spent 5 years living in South Memphis and serving as Director of Education at Advance Memphis. As the Director of Education, he has taught and overseen GED, job-training, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship programs in the poorest urban zip code in the state. He also co-authored a new job training curriculum (Work Life). In the fall, Rhodes will begin a new project through the Memphis Center for Urban Theological Studies, which will equip local leaders to teach Advance-style classes in their churches. Rhodes is a deacon at Downtown Church, and has led a community group in South Memphis for years. Previously, he served as a missionary in Kenya. He has a BA in Community Development (Covenant College), an MA degree in Biblical Studies (Gordon-Conwell), and is a PhD candidate (Trinity College Bristol). He is married to a beautiful public school teacher (Rebecca) and is the father of three.


Kenneth Robinson

Date & Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Friday, Nov 13

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A native of Nashville, Tennessee, the Rev. Dr. Kenneth S. Robinson earned his A.B. and M.D. degrees from Harvard University, and a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt. Called to preach while in medical school, Dr. Robinson has pursued a professional synthesis of medicine and ministry; focused on the promotion of health in individuals, families and communities –– holistically “healing the land.” Since 1991, he has served as Pastor and Chief Executive of St. Andrew AME Church in Memphis. A lifelong advocate for improving the health of the public, Dr. Robinson served a four-year term as Tennessee’s Commissioner of Health. Before joining the Governor’s Cabinet, he spent 21 years both practicing and teaching Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt, and as an Assistant Dean at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Dr. Robinson was recently named the President and CEO of United Way of the Mid-South (UWMS). Married since 1979, he and Rev. Marilynn S. Robinson, MPH, have identical twin daughters, both highly accomplished physicians. Rev. Marilynn and he share the pastorate of St. Andrew.

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Rene Rochester

Date & Time: 9:30am – 11:30am, Thursday, Nov 12

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Dr. René Rochester is a living witness of God’s transforming power. Her journey began in the Jamaica Plain projects of Boston. While attending University of Texas at Austin as a dual athlete, René had an encounter with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. After her first 8 years of teaching high school students, René’s focus was turned toward empowering those who serve children and youth. In 1999, René was the first African American to earn a doctorate of health education from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Rochester is the CEO of PHAT STAR LEARNING, LLC and the designer of the government patent PHAT STAR® (Preventive Holistic Adolescent Training: Serving Teens At Risk) Model. She currently resides in Franklin, TN. and teaches at Brentwood Academy High School.


Alexia Salvatierra

Date & Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Friday, Nov 13

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Rev. Alexia Salvatierra is currently the Special Assistant to the Bishop for Welcoming Congregations for the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She also serves as a consultant (training, facilitating, organizing and leading strategic planning) for a variety of national/international organizations, including World Vision USA/World Vision International/Women of Vision, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, the Christian Community Development Association the Womens’ Donor Network, Auburn Theological Seminary, Interfaith Worker Justice, PICO and Sojourner’s. She is adjunct faculty at the New York Theological Seminary and Biola University, and has lectured at Fuller Seminary, University of Southern California and UCLA. Her first book, Faith-Rooted Organizing was published by Intervarsity Press in January of 2014.


Sonia Stewart

Date & Time: 9:30am – 11:30am, Thursday, Nov 12

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Sonia Stewart is an educator, speaker, leader, and visionary. Sonia has a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University, a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Trevecca University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Biola University. Rooted in the conviction of the vital role that education, the family, and a healthy community plays in the success of youth, Sonia has consistently been involved in schools and organizations that foster meaningful relationships between young people and their surrounding community. Her visionary leadership led to educational reform efforts intended to foster deeper student engagement in school while also working to support whole-child and whole-family needs. Married for 19 years to Rayna Stewart and the mother of four children, Sonia currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where she serves as the Executive Principal at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School.


Rahiel Tesfamariam

Date & Time: 9:30am – 11:30am, Friday, Nov 13

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Rahiel Tesfamariam is a social activist, public theologian, writer and international speaker. She is the Founder and Publisher of Urban Cusp, a cutting-edge online lifestyle magazine highlighting progressive urban culture, faith, social change and global awareness. She is also a former columnist for The Washington Post. Rahiel holds degrees from Stanford University and Yale University, where she graduated magna cum laude and was the inaugural William Sloane Coffin, Jr. Scholar for Peace and Justice. Prior to attending seminary at Yale, she served as the youngest editor-in-chief in the history of The Washington Informer, at age 23. Before launching Urban Cusp in 2011, Rahiel directed a D.C. citywide juvenile justice reform effort where she oversaw case management for 500 youth, trained 40 nonprofit organizations and managed a $4M annual budget.


Sahar Vardi

Date & Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Thursday, Nov 12

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Sahar Vardi is an Israeli peace activist who works for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in Jerusalem. As a secular Jew, she works alongside Israelis, Palestinians, and internationals to focus on equal rights and demilitarization. Sahar served three prison sentences for her refusal to be conscripted into Israel’s military service. She serves as Coordinator of AFSC’s Israel program in east Jerusalem. Since age 14, she has worked for a number of Israeli peace organizations that try to break down barriers between Israelis and Palestinians.


Trey Willis

Date & Time: 9:30am – 11:30am, Thursday, Nov 12

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Trey Willis is an educator and native of Memphis, Tennessee. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Memphis and his master’s degree in Urban Education from Union University, through the Memphis Teacher Residency. Trey currently teaches third grade in an urban public school and leads an extracurricular program after school for young men. Trey is also a member of several leadership organizations that seek to provide service and advocacy for our communities. He is passionate about all things Memphis and enjoys making music and playing basketball with his friends.


Nia Zalamea

Date & Time: 9:30am – 11:30am, Friday, Nov 13

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Nia was born and raised in Memphis by a nurse and nurse anesthetist. Her family began participating in overseas mission work in their native Philippines in 1998 and formed Memphis Mission of Mercy in 1999. From this early experience, she decided to go into medicine to serve and became a General Surgeon. After 5 years of balancing small town practice in Virginia and annual mission work overseas, she was called home to Memphis to serve at the Church Health Center as a General Surgeon for the underserved.

 

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