SPEAKERS

Bryan L. Carter

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Dr. Bryan L. Carter serves as the Senior Pastor of Concord Church in Dallas, Texas. He also leads Harmony Community Development Corporation, an organization committed to improving the community of southern Dallas. In addition, he leads the African American Pastors Coalition, a fellowship of over sixty churches committed to serving and addressing key needs in the Dallas Community. As a published author, Pastor Carter serves as a co-presenter for 33 The Series, a curriculum on authentic manhood published by Lifeway and a presenter for the Art of Marriage, a curriculum published by Family Life Ministries. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Dallas Theological Seminary where he earned a Master of Arts in Christian Education with a specialty in Family Ministry and a recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Dallas Baptist University. Bryan Carter is married to his college sweetheart, Stephanie Sadberry-Carter and has two daughters, Kaitlyn and Kennedy, and one son, Carson.

Jared Alcántara

Jared E. Alcántara is Associate Professor of Preaching and holder of the Paul W. Powell Endowed Chair in Preaching. He was born and raised in New Jersey and came to faith in Christ at the age of fourteen. He is half-Latino (Honduran) and half-White. An ordained Baptist minister, he has served as a youth pastor, associate pastor, and teaching pastor in Illinois, Massachusetts, Oregon, and New Jersey. Before coming to Truett, from 2014-2018, he served as an associate professor of homiletics at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.
Dr. Alcántara is passionate about equipping students to preach God’s Word in ways that are faithful, effective, clear, creative, and inspiring. He also plays piano, enjoys disc golf, and is a rabid Philadelphia Eagles fan. He lives in the Waco area with his wife, Jennifer, and their three daughters.

Cokiesha Bailey Robinson

Rev. Cokiesha Bailey Robinson is the Founder of Cross Spring Ministries and the wife of Rev. Timothy Robinson.  She is a national Bible teacher, conference speaker and preacher of the gospel who enjoys work as an itinerant minister, as a mentor to seminary students and as a potential pusher to maturing male and female ministers.   She is an author and writer for Christian publications and has contributed to over 7 books.

Rev. Robinson is a graduate of Fisk University in Nashville, TN (B.A.) and of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University in Birmingham, AL (M.Div.)  She is currently a D.Min. candidate at Truett Seminary at Baylor University in Waco, TX.
She is a daughter of Concord Church where she served in ministry with her parents, founding Pastor, Dr. E.K. Bailey and Dr. Sheila Bailey for more than 25 years.

Kimberly Credit

The Reverend Doctor Kimberly Credit serves as the first female and seventh Pastor at the Mount Zion Baptist Church of Boonton Township, New Jersey since 2015. Dr. Credit currently directs the Doctor of Ministry Cohort in Transformational Preaching and serves as an Adjunct Professor of Homiletics at the Payne Theological Seminary of Wilberforce, Ohio. Dr. Credit has also taught at the New York and New Brunswick Theological Seminaries as well as Nyack Christian College. Dr. Credit is the Founder and Director of “The Preaching Lab.” She also serves as the Vice – President of the African American Clergy Association of Morris County, N.J. On April 4, 2019, she was recognized and inducted into the MLK Board of Preachers by Morehouse. Dr. Credit travels regularly to preach, lecture and train preachers across the nation and is the author of “Fifty Shades to Being a Female Preacher,” “Prophetic Apologetics: Exegeting the Culture; Equipping the Church,” and “Thirteen Crucial Lessons for New Pastors From the Book of Nehemiah.”

John Faison

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John R. Faison, Sr. is the Senior Pastor of Watson Grove Baptist Church (The Grove), a growing, multigenerational, multisite church with campuses in Nashville, TN and Franklin, TN. The Grove endeavors to be “A GROWING church for GROWING people whom Christ will use in GROWING His Kingdom.”

A native of Boykins, Virginia, Pastor Faison earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia, a Master of Arts in Practical Theology from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and a Doctor of Ministry degree at Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio.

In addition to his 20 years of ministerial experience, he is also a decorated veteran, having served as an US Army officer for eight years. Moreover, his work has been published in The African American Lectionary and The Grio.com. In 2016, Pastor Faison was named one of the “Top 5 Young Preachers in America” by the preaching website ROHO. Pastor Faison currently serves as President of The Grove Community Development Corporation and a member of the Board of Trustees at Belmont University. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (Boule).

Pastor Faison is married to his lovely partner in life and ministry, Min. Alethia Faison. They are the proud parents of three amazing children: John (Jr), Ajah, and Jaden.

Joel C. Gregory

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Dr. Joel C. Gregory holds the George W. Truett Endowed Chair in Preaching and Evangelism at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University. In 2016 he spoke or taught 163 times in seven academic institutions, 36 churches and 17 conferences in 20 states, Wittenberg, Germany, and Oxford, UK. He brought the concluding message at the Baptist World Congress in Durban, South Africa last summer. He also serves on the BWA Commission on Worship and Spirituality.

More recently, Joel was invited to bring the Second Annual Ecumenical Worship Service in Charleston, SC, a citywide event along with the governor and mayor to commemorate the Emanuel 9, lost in an act of racial violence at Mother Emanuel AME Church.

Joel holds the B.A summa cum laude and Ph.D. from Baylor University. He received the M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1973) and taught preaching there 1982-1985. He served for two terms unanimously elected as President of the 5400-church Baptist General Convention of Texas.

He has preached at venues as varied as Westminster Chapel, Spurgeon’s College and Kensington Temple, all in London, as well as Regent’s Park College, Oxford. He has preached at the Baptist World Congress in Seoul as well as Durban, the International Seminary in Buenos Aires, Princeton Seminary and Princeton University chapels as well as scores of seminaries and colleges. Among his pastorates were Travis Avenue, Fort Worth and First Baptist Dallas. His Proclaimers Place® seminars have been conducted in 18 states, Oxford, Paris, Rome, Athens, Wittenberg and Israel with more than 80 four-day seminars and more than 1100 pastors trained over the last ten years. For the last 12 years Joel has taught the seminar at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University. For years Joel was the preacher on the International Baptist Hour radio program heard on more than 500 stations. He brought the annual sermon at the critical 1988 Southern Baptist Convention in San Antonio, “The Castle and the Wall,” widely considered a watermark message in recent Baptist history. He is the author of five books, editor of three anthologies and the subject of a nationally performed play, God’s Man in Texas. He has been recognized by Baylor and his peers for his 50th preaching anniversary. He is the husband of Joanne Michele Gregory (B.A., RN), a Baylor alumna, and they are the parents of four adult children.

George Hurtt

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George E. Hurtt is the Senior Pastor of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, CA. George accepted the Lord’s call to ministry in 1995, while under the pastoral leadership of Dr. James Jennings Sr., Senior Pastor of the New True Vine Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit, MI.

In 1998, he graduated cum laude from the University of Detroit Mercy with both a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies. He finished the requirements for the latter degree at the historical Oxford University in Oxford, England where he studied Reformation and Renaissance Studies under renowned theologians, such as Dr. Alister McGrath. After returning from England, George earned a Master’s of Health Management and Policy degree from the University of Michigan. This enabled him to become a commissioned officer in the United States Navy. He was assigned to the Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital in 29 Palms, CA as a Strategic Planner, Department Head for Human Resources and Environmental/ Safety Officer.

Upon moving from Detroit to Southern California, George needed a church home. The Lord led him to the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, CA where H.B. Charles Jr. was the Senior Pastor. While never meeting him personally, George has followed Pastor Charles’ ministry since 1992. On September 29, 2008, Mt. Sinai overwhelmingly elected George E. Hurtt as the new pastor after Pastor Charles was called to a new assignment. George prayerfully accepted God’s call to be the next shepherd to lead Mt. Sinai.

Scott Lindsey

Mr. Scott Lindsey has been Executive Director for Faithlife – the makers of Logos Bible Software – for 22 years. This is the 20th straight year that Scott has lectured at the EK Bailey Expository Preaching Conference. Scott spent 8 years active duty in the USAF and has a BOE in Avionics. In 2007, he received his MBA with honors. In 2016, Scott graduated with his Masters in Biblical and Theological Studies – Summa Cum Laude – from Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale. Scott has been married to his sweetheart Michelle for 28 years and is the father of nine children (five adopted). 3 years ago, he started one of the best chapters of his life: grandparenthood. Leo, Theo, Elliot, Hadassah, and Atticus call him “Papow.”

Bryan Loritts

Dr. Bryan Loritts is the privileged husband of Korie, and the graced father of three sons- Quentin, Myles and Jaden. He serves the Abundant Life Christian Fellowship of Silicon Valley, California, as the Senior Pastor. An award winning author of seven books including Saving the Saved: How Jesus Saves us from Try- harder Christianity into Performance-Free Love– which was given the Christianity Today Award of Merit, and his newest release The Dad Difference. Dr. Loritts co-founded Fellowship Memphis in 2003, and later founded The Kainos Movement, an organization committed to seeing the multi-ethnic church become the new normal in our world. In addition to his responsibilities as a pastor, Dr. Loritts travels extensively throughout the world preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ at conferences and events, as well as serving on the board of trustees for Biola University and Pine Cove Christian Camps.

Nicole Massie Martin

Reverend Doctor Nicole Massie Martin was born and educated in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a triple major in Human and Organizational Development, Educational Studies, and French.

Dr. Martin received her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary where she was the recipient of the Jones Prize in Music and the Swink Prize in Preaching. She earned a Doctor of Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with an emphasis on African American Redemptive Leadership.

Dr. Martin is the Director of US Ministry at American Bible Society where she oversees scripture engagement work across the nation. She also serves as the Assistant Professor of Ministry and Leadership Development at Gordon-Conwell in Charlotte. She is active in ministry at Kingdom Fellowship AME Church in Maryland and formerly served as the Executive Minister at The Park Church in Charlotte, NC.

Dr. Martin is a gifted writer and author of Made to Lead: Empowering Women for Ministry and Leaning In, Letting Go, a best-selling Lenten Devotional with Chalice Press. Dr. Martin serves on the Board of Trustees at Gordon College and on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Evangelicals. She is the founder of The Clergywomen of Charlotte and Executive Director of Soulfire International Ministries, which focuses on empowering others to reach their fullest potential in Christ.

Dr. Martin is married to her best friend, Dr. Mark Martin, and they have two beautiful daughters, Addison and Josephine. Above all, she has a passion for God, a contagious excitement for the Gospel, and an insatiable desire that God be glorified in her life and in the world.

George Parks

Reverend Dr. George Lewis Parks, Jr. is the Senior Pastor of New Hope Baptist Church. Dr. Parks was born April 20th in Nashville, Tennessee to Rev. George L. Parks, Sr. and Sis Kay Ramona Parks. He and his family relocated to Dayton, Ohio and later moved to Cleveland, Ohio.  After High School, he went on to pursue his undergraduate studies at the American Baptist College in Nashville, TN where he was awarded the MLK Scholarship and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies/Pastoral Studies.

Dr. Parks’ thirst for spiritual growth led him to return to school and he earned his Masters of Divinity degree from Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, DC. In May 2016, he earned his Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching from Union University School of Theology and Missions.

Dr. Parks is married to the former Joy Marie Dailey. He is the proud father of George L. Parks, III (“Trey”), Genesis, and twins, Gabrielle and Grayson.

Phillip Pointer

Dr. Phillip L. Pointer, Sr. is the Senior Pastor of Saint Mark Baptist Church in Little Rock, AR. Raised in the Greater Washington D.C. area, Pastor Pointer would become a fourth generation Baptist pastor, coming from a dual line of Baptist pastors that runs on both sides of his family. Having now served as a Senior Pastor for 15 years, Pastor Pointer’s journey as a pastor began in October 2002 with an assignment at St. John Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia. After three years, in October 2005, he led the merger between St. John Baptist Church and Providence Baptist Church. This historical consummation formed the Providence St. John Baptist Church and was there for 10 years. Pastor Pointer also earned a Master of Divinity Degree with honors from The Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. Since his arrival, he has taken the congregation to new heights in the area of contextual understanding of God’s Word all while fostering the membership’s consistent spiritual growth and maturity. Concurrently, in December 2014, Pastor Pointer earned a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH. His doctoral study emphasis was “Preaching Prophetically in a Postmodern Culture: Communicating with Contemporary Audiences.” Dr. Pointer resides in Little Rock, Arkansas with his wife, Keya, and their three children: Gabriela, Phillip, Jr., and Elijah.

Steven Smith

Steven W. Smith is the Senior Pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock, AR. He most recently served as the Vice President for Student Services and Professor of Preaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. After receiving an undergraduate degree from Liberty University, he earned a Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He furthered his education at Regent University, where he earned his PhD in communications. He is the author of several books on preaching, and among these include Dying to Preach and Recapturing the Voice of God. Most importantly, he is married to his best friend, Ashley and they have three children: Jewell, Sidney, and Shepherd.

Maurice Watson

In January 2015, Dr. Maurice Watson became the sixth Pastor called to the historic Metropolitan Baptist Church pulpit in her 150-year history. He comes to Metropolitan after 10 years as Senior Pastor of Beulahland Bible Church in Macon, Georgia. Dr. Watson received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Philander Smith College in Little Rock and was class Valedictorian. He earned a Master of Arts Degree in Theology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Watson is a prolific pastor with a dynamic itinerant preaching ministry that extends across the continent and globe. Motivated by his love for people, his love for preaching, and his belief that no one is beyond God’s reach, Dr. Watson said, “I was born – put on this Earth, in this Universe – to be a preacher, teacher, and pastor of people. Seeing people helped and seeing lives transformed through what I might have to say, or what God might have to say through me, motivates me. It is my purpose for being alive.”

Ralph Douglas West

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Dr. Ralph Douglas West is a visionary leader who possesses an incomparable combination of eloquence and authenticity. He was recently named one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English-speaking world, according to a survey by Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary. Dr. West is the Founder and Senior Pastor of The Church Without Walls (TCWW). He established TCWW 30 years ago, with just 32 members. Today the church serves 20,000 members, meets in three locations, conducts six Sunday services, and encompasses approximately 150,000 square feet of space across 40 acres of land. A talented storyteller, Dr. West possesses a gift for expressing biblical insights in an engaging manner that moves from inspiration to application. Through publications, radio, television and the internet, his messages are available across the world and witnessed by thousands beyond his church each week. Pastor West completed degrees at Bishop College, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Beeson Divinity School, where he received a Doctor of Ministry Degree. He serves as Adjunct Professor of Preaching at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University. Dr. West speaks perennially at colleges, universities and seminaries across the country as well as at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University. He continues to lead the dialogue about faith among churches and universities across the globe, and serves on boards, agencies, trusteeships and committees at local, state and national levels.

Ralph D. West, II

Ralph Douglas West, II, a native of Houston, TX is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia and a graduate of  George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University, with a Masters of Theology. He has also studied at Beeson Divinity School of Samford University, Birmingham Theological Seminary and the Interdenominational Theological Center of Morehouse School of Religion. At each of these distinguished institutions he was able to do in-depth study in the areas of Apologetics, Black Liberation Theology and Leadership.

Ralph, II has a passion for preaching and teaching the Word of God and a heart for God’s people. He is the Preaching Assistant at The Church Without Walls and gives REACH Young Adult Ministry and provides leadership at the 12’o clock Sunday service. He also serves on the advisory board for the IC3 Church and Development Conference. His philosophy of ministry can be defined by one word, OPTIMISM!

Ralph, II is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and the proud father of Ralph D. West, III and he is the son of Ralph and Sheretta West. His father is the Pastor/Founder of The Church Without Walls of Houston, Texas.

F. Bruce Williams

Dr. F. Bruce Williams was born July 19, 1959 to Rev. Earl B. and Norrene T. Williams at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia. Early in life, God ordained Dr. Williams’ footsteps.   Earning numerous honors, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida A & M University and went on to obtain his Masters of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and his Doctorate in Ministry from the United Theological Seminary.

Since 1986, Dr. Williams has served as Senior Pastor of Bates Memorial Baptist Church located in Smoketown, one of the poorest zip codes in Jefferson County, Louisville, Kentucky, after serving as an associate minister.

Dr. Williams is a 2013 Bingham Fellows Graduate, an organization that allows experienced professionals to work side by side with their peers to provide visibility to critical issues and generate momentum for moving the community forward.

Dr. Williams is married to the former Leona Michelle Smith of Greensboro, Florida.   Dr. F. Bruce and Dr. Michelle Williams are the proud parents of two adult daughters, Imani and Nailah Cymone.

Romell Williams

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Rev. Romell Williams, a native of Chicago, Illinois, is the first-born son of Rev. and Mrs. Romell Williams, Sr.  Rev. Williams represents the third generation of men in his family to preach the Word of God.   He accepted his call to the ministry and was licensed at seventeen. He was later ordained at the age of nineteen. Rev. Williams was educated at the historical Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. He is a graduate of Trinity International University.

Rev. Williams accepted his call to be the Senior Pastor of Lilydale Progressive M.B. Church in September 2004, and has committed himself to the spiritual health and growth of the members of Lilydale and the Roseland community.  Under his leadership, Lilydale has experienced physical, spiritual, and administrative growth. He is a sought after speaker on a local and national level, both within and beyond denominational boundaries.  He is a recognized expositor of God’s Word with experience in Conferences, Revivals, Lecture Series and other Parachurch endeavors. He currently serves as the associate director for preaching workshops with the Simeon Trust.

God has favored Rev. Williams and given him a helpmate, he is married to the lovely Mrs. LaTashia DeBre’ Williams of Rockford, IL. They are the proud parents of two sons, Caleb Jefferson Williams and Joshua Romell Williams.