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    Sister Anita Baird, DHM, is the founding director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Racial Justice, which oversees the Archdiocese’s initiatives to eradicate racism in its structures and institutions. She is a member of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, a religious congregation. See Sister Anita Baird's Biography

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    Sister Anita Baird, DHM, is the founding director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Racial Justice, which oversees the Archdiocese’s initiatives to eradicate racism in its structures and institutions. She is a member of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, a religious congregation. See Sister Anita Baird's Biography

    Paul Armstrong is a Saint Sabina Future Leaders High School Ministry College Mentor. Paul Armstrong is a graduate of Perspectives Calumet Technical High School and is in his second year of college at the  Illinois Art Institute of Chicago. Paul is majoring in audio production and hopes to become a music producer.

    Ansel Augustine will preach on Youth Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 10am 

    Ansel Augustine is the Director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Lousiana. Formerly he led the office of Black Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He is also on the faculty of the Institute of Black Catholic Studies of Xavier University of Louisiana. He has been doing youth and young adult ministry for more than 10 years in his home of New Orleans. Ansel Auguatine worked on rebuilding his archdiocese following Hurricane Katrina. He has written several articles and done conferences around the country relating to ministry. His hobbies are weightlifting, reading, and writing.

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    Sister Anita Baird, DHM, is the founding director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Racial Justice, which oversees the Archdiocese’s initiatives to eradicate racism in its structures and institutions. She is a member of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, a religious congregation. See Sister Anita Baird's Biography

    Paul Armstrong is a Saint Sabina Future Leaders High School Ministry College Mentor. Paul Armstrong is a graduate of Perspectives Calumet Technical High School and is in his second year of college at the  Illinois Art Institute of Chicago. Paul is majoring in audio production and hopes to become a music producer.

    Ansel Augustine will preach on Youth Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 10am 

    Ansel Augustine is the Director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Lousiana. Formerly he led the office of Black Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He is also on the faculty of the Institute of Black Catholic Studies of Xavier University of Louisiana. He has been doing youth and young adult ministry for more than 10 years in his home of New Orleans. Ansel Auguatine worked on rebuilding his archdiocese following Hurricane Katrina. He has written several articles and done conferences around the country relating to ministry. His hobbies are weightlifting, reading, and writing.

    African American Speaking Series - Friday, February, 7, 2014, 7:30 pm

    A singer, songwriter, actor and social activist. Belafonte was an early supporter of the civil rights movement and one of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s confidants. Throughout his career he has been an advocate for humanitarian causes. He has won three Grammy Awards, and numerous other awards for his accomplishments.

    Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak is an Anti-Apartheid Activist, former President of the World Alliance of Churches and currently serves as the Desmond Tutu Chair of Peace, Global Justice, and Reconciliation Studies, Butler University

    Rev. Boesak was a guest speaker at the Unity Worship Service on October 6, 2013 at 10am

    South African History Online Biography | Butler University Online Biography

    Valerie Bridgeman portrait 400560

    Rev. Dr. Valerie Bridgeman is the Founder and President of WomanPreach!, Inc., the premiere non-profit organization that brings preachers into full prophetic voice around issues of equity and justice both in the pulpit and in the public arena. Our mission is to produce a network of preaching women and men who will use their voice in service to the gospel of Jesus Christ, especially as it relates to Womanist/Feminist concerns of equity and justice.

    Dr. Bridgeman is a graduate of Trinity University with a double major in Communication and Religion. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where she won the Charles L. King Excellence in Preaching Award for graduating seniors. She pursued further studies at Baylor University, receiving a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biblical Studies with a concentration in Hebrew Bible.

    A preacher and teacher of preaching and biblical interpretation, Dr. Bridgeman is currently the Visiting Associate Professor of Homiletics and Hebrew Bible at Methodist Theological School (MTSO) in Ohio. She has taught graduate courses at several prestigious seminaries, including Brite Divinity School, Wesley Theological Seminary, New York Theological Seminary, and Memphis Theological Seminary. Prior to her appointment at MTSO, she was a tenured Associate Professor at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania.

    Dr. Bridgeman has also authored and contributed to numerous books, including "Those Preaching Women: A Multicultural Collection" with Rev. Dr. Ella Pearson Mitchell; "The Audacity of Faith: Christian Leaders Reflect on the Election of Barack Obama" by Dr. Marvin McMickle; and her own collection of poetry entitled, "In Search of Warriors: Dark and Strong and Other Poems". Her forthcoming work from Westminister/John Knox Press is entitled, "From God and a Woman: Womanist Hermeneutic for Biblical Interpretation".

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    Sister Anita Baird, DHM, is the founding director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Racial Justice, which oversees the Archdiocese’s initiatives to eradicate racism in its structures and institutions. She is a member of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, a religious congregation. See Sister Anita Baird's Biography

    Paul Armstrong is a Saint Sabina Future Leaders High School Ministry College Mentor. Paul Armstrong is a graduate of Perspectives Calumet Technical High School and is in his second year of college at the  Illinois Art Institute of Chicago. Paul is majoring in audio production and hopes to become a music producer.

    Ansel Augustine will preach on Youth Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 10am 

    Ansel Augustine is the Director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Lousiana. Formerly he led the office of Black Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He is also on the faculty of the Institute of Black Catholic Studies of Xavier University of Louisiana. He has been doing youth and young adult ministry for more than 10 years in his home of New Orleans. Ansel Auguatine worked on rebuilding his archdiocese following Hurricane Katrina. He has written several articles and done conferences around the country relating to ministry. His hobbies are weightlifting, reading, and writing.

    African American Speaking Series - Friday, February, 7, 2014, 7:30 pm

    A singer, songwriter, actor and social activist. Belafonte was an early supporter of the civil rights movement and one of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s confidants. Throughout his career he has been an advocate for humanitarian causes. He has won three Grammy Awards, and numerous other awards for his accomplishments.

    Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak is an Anti-Apartheid Activist, former President of the World Alliance of Churches and currently serves as the Desmond Tutu Chair of Peace, Global Justice, and Reconciliation Studies, Butler University

    Rev. Boesak was a guest speaker at the Unity Worship Service on October 6, 2013 at 10am

    South African History Online Biography | Butler University Online Biography

    Valerie Bridgeman portrait 400560

    Rev. Dr. Valerie Bridgeman is the Founder and President of WomanPreach!, Inc., the premiere non-profit organization that brings preachers into full prophetic voice around issues of equity and justice both in the pulpit and in the public arena. Our mission is to produce a network of preaching women and men who will use their voice in service to the gospel of Jesus Christ, especially as it relates to Womanist/Feminist concerns of equity and justice.

    Dr. Bridgeman is a graduate of Trinity University with a double major in Communication and Religion. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where she won the Charles L. King Excellence in Preaching Award for graduating seniors. She pursued further studies at Baylor University, receiving a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biblical Studies with a concentration in Hebrew Bible.

    A preacher and teacher of preaching and biblical interpretation, Dr. Bridgeman is currently the Visiting Associate Professor of Homiletics and Hebrew Bible at Methodist Theological School (MTSO) in Ohio. She has taught graduate courses at several prestigious seminaries, including Brite Divinity School, Wesley Theological Seminary, New York Theological Seminary, and Memphis Theological Seminary. Prior to her appointment at MTSO, she was a tenured Associate Professor at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania.

    Dr. Bridgeman has also authored and contributed to numerous books, including "Those Preaching Women: A Multicultural Collection" with Rev. Dr. Ella Pearson Mitchell; "The Audacity of Faith: Christian Leaders Reflect on the Election of Barack Obama" by Dr. Marvin McMickle; and her own collection of poetry entitled, "In Search of Warriors: Dark and Strong and Other Poems". Her forthcoming work from Westminister/John Knox Press is entitled, "From God and a Woman: Womanist Hermeneutic for Biblical Interpretation".

    Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., better known by his stage name, Common, is a hip hop recording artist and actor from Chicago. His first grammy was awarded in 2003. Common wrote the song, Glory for the new movie, Selma. 

    Common will speak on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm as part of the 2015 African American Speaking Series.

    Reverend Dr. Marcus D. Cosby serves as the Senior Pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He holds the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and English from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee; the Master of Divinity Degree in Homiletics and Christian Education from Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia; and the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Homiletics from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary of the Associated Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS).


    Dr. Cosby is as a member of the Board of the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference; the African American Pulpit, a scholarly journal that highlights the preaching prowess of African-American preachers across the country; the Home Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. and the Houston Area Urban League. He has served on the Board of Directors of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, the Texas Commission for Community Service and Volunteerism, and as an Advisory Board Member of The Gardner C. Taylor Preaching Archives and Listening Room in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and the NAACP.

    Among the gifts and talents with which God has blessed Pastor Cosby, none are more meaningful to him than preaching and teaching. He has been blessed to carry his ministry across the country and seeks to uplift all humanity through the life-changing, uncompromising Word of God.

    Dr. Cosby is married to his high school sweetheart, Mrs. Audrey Marie Cosby, and they have been blessed with three beautiful daughters, Adrienne Marie, Ashley Marie and Aliyah Marie and two sons, Marcus D., II and Matthew D. Cosby.

     

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    Sister Anita Baird, DHM, is the founding director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Racial Justice, which oversees the Archdiocese’s initiatives to eradicate racism in its structures and institutions. She is a member of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, a religious congregation. See Sister Anita Baird's Biography

    Paul Armstrong is a Saint Sabina Future Leaders High School Ministry College Mentor. Paul Armstrong is a graduate of Perspectives Calumet Technical High School and is in his second year of college at the  Illinois Art Institute of Chicago. Paul is majoring in audio production and hopes to become a music producer.

    Ansel Augustine will preach on Youth Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 10am 

    Ansel Augustine is the Director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Lousiana. Formerly he led the office of Black Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He is also on the faculty of the Institute of Black Catholic Studies of Xavier University of Louisiana. He has been doing youth and young adult ministry for more than 10 years in his home of New Orleans. Ansel Auguatine worked on rebuilding his archdiocese following Hurricane Katrina. He has written several articles and done conferences around the country relating to ministry. His hobbies are weightlifting, reading, and writing.

    African American Speaking Series - Friday, February, 7, 2014, 7:30 pm

    A singer, songwriter, actor and social activist. Belafonte was an early supporter of the civil rights movement and one of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s confidants. Throughout his career he has been an advocate for humanitarian causes. He has won three Grammy Awards, and numerous other awards for his accomplishments.

    Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak is an Anti-Apartheid Activist, former President of the World Alliance of Churches and currently serves as the Desmond Tutu Chair of Peace, Global Justice, and Reconciliation Studies, Butler University

    Rev. Boesak was a guest speaker at the Unity Worship Service on October 6, 2013 at 10am

    South African History Online Biography | Butler University Online Biography

    Valerie Bridgeman portrait 400560

    Rev. Dr. Valerie Bridgeman is the Founder and President of WomanPreach!, Inc., the premiere non-profit organization that brings preachers into full prophetic voice around issues of equity and justice both in the pulpit and in the public arena. Our mission is to produce a network of preaching women and men who will use their voice in service to the gospel of Jesus Christ, especially as it relates to Womanist/Feminist concerns of equity and justice.

    Dr. Bridgeman is a graduate of Trinity University with a double major in Communication and Religion. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where she won the Charles L. King Excellence in Preaching Award for graduating seniors. She pursued further studies at Baylor University, receiving a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biblical Studies with a concentration in Hebrew Bible.

    A preacher and teacher of preaching and biblical interpretation, Dr. Bridgeman is currently the Visiting Associate Professor of Homiletics and Hebrew Bible at Methodist Theological School (MTSO) in Ohio. She has taught graduate courses at several prestigious seminaries, including Brite Divinity School, Wesley Theological Seminary, New York Theological Seminary, and Memphis Theological Seminary. Prior to her appointment at MTSO, she was a tenured Associate Professor at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania.

    Dr. Bridgeman has also authored and contributed to numerous books, including "Those Preaching Women: A Multicultural Collection" with Rev. Dr. Ella Pearson Mitchell; "The Audacity of Faith: Christian Leaders Reflect on the Election of Barack Obama" by Dr. Marvin McMickle; and her own collection of poetry entitled, "In Search of Warriors: Dark and Strong and Other Poems". Her forthcoming work from Westminister/John Knox Press is entitled, "From God and a Woman: Womanist Hermeneutic for Biblical Interpretation".

    Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., better known by his stage name, Common, is a hip hop recording artist and actor from Chicago. His first grammy was awarded in 2003. Common wrote the song, Glory for the new movie, Selma. 

    Common will speak on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm as part of the 2015 African American Speaking Series.

    Reverend Dr. Marcus D. Cosby serves as the Senior Pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He holds the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and English from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee; the Master of Divinity Degree in Homiletics and Christian Education from Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia; and the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Homiletics from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary of the Associated Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS).


    Dr. Cosby is as a member of the Board of the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference; the African American Pulpit, a scholarly journal that highlights the preaching prowess of African-American preachers across the country; the Home Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. and the Houston Area Urban League. He has served on the Board of Directors of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, the Texas Commission for Community Service and Volunteerism, and as an Advisory Board Member of The Gardner C. Taylor Preaching Archives and Listening Room in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and the NAACP.

    Among the gifts and talents with which God has blessed Pastor Cosby, none are more meaningful to him than preaching and teaching. He has been blessed to carry his ministry across the country and seeks to uplift all humanity through the life-changing, uncompromising Word of God.

    Dr. Cosby is married to his high school sweetheart, Mrs. Audrey Marie Cosby, and they have been blessed with three beautiful daughters, Adrienne Marie, Ashley Marie and Aliyah Marie and two sons, Marcus D., II and Matthew D. Cosby.

     

    Reverend (Lt. Col.) Antonio R. Daggett, Sr., Senior Army Instructor at Manual Academy High School. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he is the father of ten(10) children and husband of Mrs. Veda Daggett. Rev. Daggett graduated from DePaul University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and received his Master Degree from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. He is a commissioned United States Army Chaplain (pastor) currently holding the rank of Major, and in August of 2002 graduated from the Command and General Staff College of the Army.

     

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    Sister Anita Baird, DHM, is the founding director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Racial Justice, which oversees the Archdiocese’s initiatives to eradicate racism in its structures and institutions. She is a member of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, a religious congregation. See Sister Anita Baird's Biography

    Paul Armstrong is a Saint Sabina Future Leaders High School Ministry College Mentor. Paul Armstrong is a graduate of Perspectives Calumet Technical High School and is in his second year of college at the  Illinois Art Institute of Chicago. Paul is majoring in audio production and hopes to become a music producer.

    Ansel Augustine will preach on Youth Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 10am 

    Ansel Augustine is the Director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Lousiana. Formerly he led the office of Black Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He is also on the faculty of the Institute of Black Catholic Studies of Xavier University of Louisiana. He has been doing youth and young adult ministry for more than 10 years in his home of New Orleans. Ansel Auguatine worked on rebuilding his archdiocese following Hurricane Katrina. He has written several articles and done conferences around the country relating to ministry. His hobbies are weightlifting, reading, and writing.

    African American Speaking Series - Friday, February, 7, 2014, 7:30 pm

    A singer, songwriter, actor and social activist. Belafonte was an early supporter of the civil rights movement and one of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s confidants. Throughout his career he has been an advocate for humanitarian causes. He has won three Grammy Awards, and numerous other awards for his accomplishments.

    Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak is an Anti-Apartheid Activist, former President of the World Alliance of Churches and currently serves as the Desmond Tutu Chair of Peace, Global Justice, and Reconciliation Studies, Butler University

    Rev. Boesak was a guest speaker at the Unity Worship Service on October 6, 2013 at 10am

    South African History Online Biography | Butler University Online Biography

    Valerie Bridgeman portrait 400560

    Rev. Dr. Valerie Bridgeman is the Founder and President of WomanPreach!, Inc., the premiere non-profit organization that brings preachers into full prophetic voice around issues of equity and justice both in the pulpit and in the public arena. Our mission is to produce a network of preaching women and men who will use their voice in service to the gospel of Jesus Christ, especially as it relates to Womanist/Feminist concerns of equity and justice.

    Dr. Bridgeman is a graduate of Trinity University with a double major in Communication and Religion. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where she won the Charles L. King Excellence in Preaching Award for graduating seniors. She pursued further studies at Baylor University, receiving a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biblical Studies with a concentration in Hebrew Bible.

    A preacher and teacher of preaching and biblical interpretation, Dr. Bridgeman is currently the Visiting Associate Professor of Homiletics and Hebrew Bible at Methodist Theological School (MTSO) in Ohio. She has taught graduate courses at several prestigious seminaries, including Brite Divinity School, Wesley Theological Seminary, New York Theological Seminary, and Memphis Theological Seminary. Prior to her appointment at MTSO, she was a tenured Associate Professor at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania.

    Dr. Bridgeman has also authored and contributed to numerous books, including "Those Preaching Women: A Multicultural Collection" with Rev. Dr. Ella Pearson Mitchell; "The Audacity of Faith: Christian Leaders Reflect on the Election of Barack Obama" by Dr. Marvin McMickle; and her own collection of poetry entitled, "In Search of Warriors: Dark and Strong and Other Poems". Her forthcoming work from Westminister/John Knox Press is entitled, "From God and a Woman: Womanist Hermeneutic for Biblical Interpretation".

    Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., better known by his stage name, Common, is a hip hop recording artist and actor from Chicago. His first grammy was awarded in 2003. Common wrote the song, Glory for the new movie, Selma. 

    Common will speak on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm as part of the 2015 African American Speaking Series.

    Reverend Dr. Marcus D. Cosby serves as the Senior Pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He holds the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and English from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee; the Master of Divinity Degree in Homiletics and Christian Education from Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia; and the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Homiletics from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary of the Associated Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS).


    Dr. Cosby is as a member of the Board of the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference; the African American Pulpit, a scholarly journal that highlights the preaching prowess of African-American preachers across the country; the Home Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. and the Houston Area Urban League. He has served on the Board of Directors of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, the Texas Commission for Community Service and Volunteerism, and as an Advisory Board Member of The Gardner C. Taylor Preaching Archives and Listening Room in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and the NAACP.

    Among the gifts and talents with which God has blessed Pastor Cosby, none are more meaningful to him than preaching and teaching. He has been blessed to carry his ministry across the country and seeks to uplift all humanity through the life-changing, uncompromising Word of God.

    Dr. Cosby is married to his high school sweetheart, Mrs. Audrey Marie Cosby, and they have been blessed with three beautiful daughters, Adrienne Marie, Ashley Marie and Aliyah Marie and two sons, Marcus D., II and Matthew D. Cosby.

     

    Reverend (Lt. Col.) Antonio R. Daggett, Sr., Senior Army Instructor at Manual Academy High School. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he is the father of ten(10) children and husband of Mrs. Veda Daggett. Rev. Daggett graduated from DePaul University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and received his Master Degree from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. He is a commissioned United States Army Chaplain (pastor) currently holding the rank of Major, and in August of 2002 graduated from the Command and General Staff College of the Army.

     

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    Rev. Martin L. Espinosa is Executive Pastor and Founder of Ray of Hope Community Church in Nashville, TN.

    ...Pastor Espinosa was born on the Caribbean twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago where he received his early education in the Catholic school system. Rev. Espinosa accepted Christ as his personal Savior at the age of thirteen (July 27, 1977) during an Inter-School Christian Fellowship Bible Camp. He was later baptized at Mt. Pleasant Independent Baptist Church (February 26, 1984). Rev. Espinosa was ordained by the Bethel Baptist Church in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on May 27, 1988, under the pastorate of Reverend Dr. Bentley Thomas. ​

    Pastor Espinosa is married to Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems (writer, biblical scholar, and national speaker). The couple has facilitated marriage and family workshops across the country, which are aimed at building and strengthening the Black family and protecting the future of Black children. Rev. Espinosa and his wife are the blessed parents of one daughter, Savannah Nia.

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    Sister Anita Baird, DHM, is the founding director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Racial Justice, which oversees the Archdiocese’s initiatives to eradicate racism in its structures and institutions. She is a member of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, a religious congregation. See Sister Anita Baird's Biography

    Paul Armstrong is a Saint Sabina Future Leaders High School Ministry College Mentor. Paul Armstrong is a graduate of Perspectives Calumet Technical High School and is in his second year of college at the  Illinois Art Institute of Chicago. Paul is majoring in audio production and hopes to become a music producer.

    Ansel Augustine will preach on Youth Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 10am 

    Ansel Augustine is the Director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Lousiana. Formerly he led the office of Black Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He is also on the faculty of the Institute of Black Catholic Studies of Xavier University of Louisiana. He has been doing youth and young adult ministry for more than 10 years in his home of New Orleans. Ansel Auguatine worked on rebuilding his archdiocese following Hurricane Katrina. He has written several articles and done conferences around the country relating to ministry. His hobbies are weightlifting, reading, and writing.

    African American Speaking Series - Friday, February, 7, 2014, 7:30 pm

    A singer, songwriter, actor and social activist. Belafonte was an early supporter of the civil rights movement and one of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s confidants. Throughout his career he has been an advocate for humanitarian causes. He has won three Grammy Awards, and numerous other awards for his accomplishments.

    Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak is an Anti-Apartheid Activist, former President of the World Alliance of Churches and currently serves as the Desmond Tutu Chair of Peace, Global Justice, and Reconciliation Studies, Butler University

    Rev. Boesak was a guest speaker at the Unity Worship Service on October 6, 2013 at 10am

    South African History Online Biography | Butler University Online Biography

    Valerie Bridgeman portrait 400560

    Rev. Dr. Valerie Bridgeman is the Founder and President of WomanPreach!, Inc., the premiere non-profit organization that brings preachers into full prophetic voice around issues of equity and justice both in the pulpit and in the public arena. Our mission is to produce a network of preaching women and men who will use their voice in service to the gospel of Jesus Christ, especially as it relates to Womanist/Feminist concerns of equity and justice.

    Dr. Bridgeman is a graduate of Trinity University with a double major in Communication and Religion. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where she won the Charles L. King Excellence in Preaching Award for graduating seniors. She pursued further studies at Baylor University, receiving a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biblical Studies with a concentration in Hebrew Bible.

    A preacher and teacher of preaching and biblical interpretation, Dr. Bridgeman is currently the Visiting Associate Professor of Homiletics and Hebrew Bible at Methodist Theological School (MTSO) in Ohio. She has taught graduate courses at several prestigious seminaries, including Brite Divinity School, Wesley Theological Seminary, New York Theological Seminary, and Memphis Theological Seminary. Prior to her appointment at MTSO, she was a tenured Associate Professor at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania.

    Dr. Bridgeman has also authored and contributed to numerous books, including "Those Preaching Women: A Multicultural Collection" with Rev. Dr. Ella Pearson Mitchell; "The Audacity of Faith: Christian Leaders Reflect on the Election of Barack Obama" by Dr. Marvin McMickle; and her own collection of poetry entitled, "In Search of Warriors: Dark and Strong and Other Poems". Her forthcoming work from Westminister/John Knox Press is entitled, "From God and a Woman: Womanist Hermeneutic for Biblical Interpretation".

    Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., better known by his stage name, Common, is a hip hop recording artist and actor from Chicago. His first grammy was awarded in 2003. Common wrote the song, Glory for the new movie, Selma. 

    Common will speak on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm as part of the 2015 African American Speaking Series.

    Reverend Dr. Marcus D. Cosby serves as the Senior Pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He holds the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and English from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee; the Master of Divinity Degree in Homiletics and Christian Education from Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia; and the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Homiletics from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary of the Associated Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS).


    Dr. Cosby is as a member of the Board of the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference; the African American Pulpit, a scholarly journal that highlights the preaching prowess of African-American preachers across the country; the Home Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. and the Houston Area Urban League. He has served on the Board of Directors of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, the Texas Commission for Community Service and Volunteerism, and as an Advisory Board Member of The Gardner C. Taylor Preaching Archives and Listening Room in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and the NAACP.

    Among the gifts and talents with which God has blessed Pastor Cosby, none are more meaningful to him than preaching and teaching. He has been blessed to carry his ministry across the country and seeks to uplift all humanity through the life-changing, uncompromising Word of God.

    Dr. Cosby is married to his high school sweetheart, Mrs. Audrey Marie Cosby, and they have been blessed with three beautiful daughters, Adrienne Marie, Ashley Marie and Aliyah Marie and two sons, Marcus D., II and Matthew D. Cosby.

     

    Reverend (Lt. Col.) Antonio R. Daggett, Sr., Senior Army Instructor at Manual Academy High School. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he is the father of ten(10) children and husband of Mrs. Veda Daggett. Rev. Daggett graduated from DePaul University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and received his Master Degree from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. He is a commissioned United States Army Chaplain (pastor) currently holding the rank of Major, and in August of 2002 graduated from the Command and General Staff College of the Army.

     

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    Rev. Martin L. Espinosa is Executive Pastor and Founder of Ray of Hope Community Church in Nashville, TN.

    ...Pastor Espinosa was born on the Caribbean twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago where he received his early education in the Catholic school system. Rev. Espinosa accepted Christ as his personal Savior at the age of thirteen (July 27, 1977) during an Inter-School Christian Fellowship Bible Camp. He was later baptized at Mt. Pleasant Independent Baptist Church (February 26, 1984). Rev. Espinosa was ordained by the Bethel Baptist Church in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on May 27, 1988, under the pastorate of Reverend Dr. Bentley Thomas. ​

    Pastor Espinosa is married to Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems (writer, biblical scholar, and national speaker). The couple has facilitated marriage and family workshops across the country, which are aimed at building and strengthening the Black family and protecting the future of Black children. Rev. Espinosa and his wife are the blessed parents of one daughter, Savannah Nia.

     

    Reverend Sheleta E. Fomby is the Minister of Church Life and Minister to Women at the North Campus of Reid Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church. As Minister of Church Life, Rev. Fomby, is charged with program creation, small group development, and pastoral care for the North Campus. In addition, Rev. Fomby has a heart for seeing women reach their full potential in Christ. In her role as Minister to Women she develops programs, events, activities, hosts conferences, and leads studies and seminars with the goal of helping women reach the fulfillment of becoming the women that are walking fully empowered in the vision that God has for them.



    Rev. Fomby received ordination as Itinerant Deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in April 2007 and Itinerant Elder orders in April 2009. Rev. Fomby is a gifted preacher and teacher. She has been recognized as one of the emerging voices of this generation. Rev. Fomby has been privileged to proclaim the Gospel in churches, retreats, and conferences across the nation. In addition, Rev. Fomby was recognized by The African American Pulpit Journal as one of the "20 to Watch Under 40" in their Summer 2008 issue and has had sermons published in that publication. In addition, Rev. Fomby's sermons have been included in These Sisters Can Say It, edited by Darryl Sims and Dr. Cynthia Hale.
    Rev. Fomby is fully prepared in both head and heart. She is a product of the public schools of Prince Georges County Maryland. After decorated service in the United States Air Force, Rev. Fomby received a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources from the University of Maryland. She then completed her Master of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary with a focus on African American Church Studies. Additionally, she has studied at the Faith and Leadership Institute at Duke University. Rev. Fomby, is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Wesley Theological Seminary focusing on leadership.
    Rev. Fomby firmly believes that she has come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord. It is not clear all that God will do through her, but she is certainly a voice for such a time as this. She is encouraged daily by Philippians 1:6, "…being confident of this very thing that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."

     

    Award-Winning Columnist, Author, Journalist and Professor, Fountain writes weekly for the Chicago Sun-Times. Fountain has been a reporter at some of the nation's top newspapers. Formerly a national correspondent with the New York Times, he has been a staff reporter at the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune. He is a professor at Roosevelt University and formerly a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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    Sister Anita Baird, DHM, is the founding director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Racial Justice, which oversees the Archdiocese’s initiatives to eradicate racism in its structures and institutions. She is a member of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, a religious congregation. See Sister Anita Baird's Biography

    Paul Armstrong is a Saint Sabina Future Leaders High School Ministry College Mentor. Paul Armstrong is a graduate of Perspectives Calumet Technical High School and is in his second year of college at the  Illinois Art Institute of Chicago. Paul is majoring in audio production and hopes to become a music producer.

    Ansel Augustine will preach on Youth Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 10am 

    Ansel Augustine is the Director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Lousiana. Formerly he led the office of Black Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He is also on the faculty of the Institute of Black Catholic Studies of Xavier University of Louisiana. He has been doing youth and young adult ministry for more than 10 years in his home of New Orleans. Ansel Auguatine worked on rebuilding his archdiocese following Hurricane Katrina. He has written several articles and done conferences around the country relating to ministry. His hobbies are weightlifting, reading, and writing.

    African American Speaking Series - Friday, February, 7, 2014, 7:30 pm

    A singer, songwriter, actor and social activist. Belafonte was an early supporter of the civil rights movement and one of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s confidants. Throughout his career he has been an advocate for humanitarian causes. He has won three Grammy Awards, and numerous other awards for his accomplishments.

    Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak is an Anti-Apartheid Activist, former President of the World Alliance of Churches and currently serves as the Desmond Tutu Chair of Peace, Global Justice, and Reconciliation Studies, Butler University

    Rev. Boesak was a guest speaker at the Unity Worship Service on October 6, 2013 at 10am

    South African History Online Biography | Butler University Online Biography

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    Rev. Dr. Valerie Bridgeman is the Founder and President of WomanPreach!, Inc., the premiere non-profit organization that brings preachers into full prophetic voice around issues of equity and justice both in the pulpit and in the public arena. Our mission is to produce a network of preaching women and men who will use their voice in service to the gospel of Jesus Christ, especially as it relates to Womanist/Feminist concerns of equity and justice.

    Dr. Bridgeman is a graduate of Trinity University with a double major in Communication and Religion. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where she won the Charles L. King Excellence in Preaching Award for graduating seniors. She pursued further studies at Baylor University, receiving a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biblical Studies with a concentration in Hebrew Bible.

    A preacher and teacher of preaching and biblical interpretation, Dr. Bridgeman is currently the Visiting Associate Professor of Homiletics and Hebrew Bible at Methodist Theological School (MTSO) in Ohio. She has taught graduate courses at several prestigious seminaries, including Brite Divinity School, Wesley Theological Seminary, New York Theological Seminary, and Memphis Theological Seminary. Prior to her appointment at MTSO, she was a tenured Associate Professor at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania.

    Dr. Bridgeman has also authored and contributed to numerous books, including "Those Preaching Women: A Multicultural Collection" with Rev. Dr. Ella Pearson Mitchell; "The Audacity of Faith: Christian Leaders Reflect on the Election of Barack Obama" by Dr. Marvin McMickle; and her own collection of poetry entitled, "In Search of Warriors: Dark and Strong and Other Poems". Her forthcoming work from Westminister/John Knox Press is entitled, "From God and a Woman: Womanist Hermeneutic for Biblical Interpretation".

    Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., better known by his stage name, Common, is a hip hop recording artist and actor from Chicago. His first grammy was awarded in 2003. Common wrote the song, Glory for the new movie, Selma. 

    Common will speak on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm as part of the 2015 African American Speaking Series.

    Reverend Dr. Marcus D. Cosby serves as the Senior Pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He holds the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and English from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee; the Master of Divinity Degree in Homiletics and Christian Education from Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia; and the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Homiletics from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary of the Associated Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS).


    Dr. Cosby is as a member of the Board of the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference; the African American Pulpit, a scholarly journal that highlights the preaching prowess of African-American preachers across the country; the Home Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. and the Houston Area Urban League. He has served on the Board of Directors of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, the Texas Commission for Community Service and Volunteerism, and as an Advisory Board Member of The Gardner C. Taylor Preaching Archives and Listening Room in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and the NAACP.

    Among the gifts and talents with which God has blessed Pastor Cosby, none are more meaningful to him than preaching and teaching. He has been blessed to carry his ministry across the country and seeks to uplift all humanity through the life-changing, uncompromising Word of God.

    Dr. Cosby is married to his high school sweetheart, Mrs. Audrey Marie Cosby, and they have been blessed with three beautiful daughters, Adrienne Marie, Ashley Marie and Aliyah Marie and two sons, Marcus D., II and Matthew D. Cosby.

     

    Reverend (Lt. Col.) Antonio R. Daggett, Sr., Senior Army Instructor at Manual Academy High School. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he is the father of ten(10) children and husband of Mrs. Veda Daggett. Rev. Daggett graduated from DePaul University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and received his Master Degree from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. He is a commissioned United States Army Chaplain (pastor) currently holding the rank of Major, and in August of 2002 graduated from the Command and General Staff College of the Army.

     

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    Rev. Martin L. Espinosa is Executive Pastor and Founder of Ray of Hope Community Church in Nashville, TN.

    ...Pastor Espinosa was born on the Caribbean twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago where he received his early education in the Catholic school system. Rev. Espinosa accepted Christ as his personal Savior at the age of thirteen (July 27, 1977) during an Inter-School Christian Fellowship Bible Camp. He was later baptized at Mt. Pleasant Independent Baptist Church (February 26, 1984). Rev. Espinosa was ordained by the Bethel Baptist Church in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on May 27, 1988, under the pastorate of Reverend Dr. Bentley Thomas. ​

    Pastor Espinosa is married to Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems (writer, biblical scholar, and national speaker). The couple has facilitated marriage and family workshops across the country, which are aimed at building and strengthening the Black family and protecting the future of Black children. Rev. Espinosa and his wife are the blessed parents of one daughter, Savannah Nia.

     

    Reverend Sheleta E. Fomby is the Minister of Church Life and Minister to Women at the North Campus of Reid Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church. As Minister of Church Life, Rev. Fomby, is charged with program creation, small group development, and pastoral care for the North Campus. In addition, Rev. Fomby has a heart for seeing women reach their full potential in Christ. In her role as Minister to Women she develops programs, events, activities, hosts conferences, and leads studies and seminars with the goal of helping women reach the fulfillment of becoming the women that are walking fully empowered in the vision that God has for them.



    Rev. Fomby received ordination as Itinerant Deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in April 2007 and Itinerant Elder orders in April 2009. Rev. Fomby is a gifted preacher and teacher. She has been recognized as one of the emerging voices of this generation. Rev. Fomby has been privileged to proclaim the Gospel in churches, retreats, and conferences across the nation. In addition, Rev. Fomby was recognized by The African American Pulpit Journal as one of the "20 to Watch Under 40" in their Summer 2008 issue and has had sermons published in that publication. In addition, Rev. Fomby's sermons have been included in These Sisters Can Say It, edited by Darryl Sims and Dr. Cynthia Hale.
    Rev. Fomby is fully prepared in both head and heart. She is a product of the public schools of Prince Georges County Maryland. After decorated service in the United States Air Force, Rev. Fomby received a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources from the University of Maryland. She then completed her Master of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary with a focus on African American Church Studies. Additionally, she has studied at the Faith and Leadership Institute at Duke University. Rev. Fomby, is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Wesley Theological Seminary focusing on leadership.
    Rev. Fomby firmly believes that she has come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord. It is not clear all that God will do through her, but she is certainly a voice for such a time as this. She is encouraged daily by Philippians 1:6, "…being confident of this very thing that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."

     

    Award-Winning Columnist, Author, Journalist and Professor, Fountain writes weekly for the Chicago Sun-Times. Fountain has been a reporter at some of the nation's top newspapers. Formerly a national correspondent with the New York Times, he has been a staff reporter at the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune. He is a professor at Roosevelt University and formerly a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Dick Gregory is a comedian, social activist, critic and writer. He is an influential comedian who has used his performance skills to convey his message on civil rights. Gregory was and still is very active in the Civil Right Movement. 

    Dick Gregory will speak on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 7:30 pm as part of the 2015 African American Speaking Series. 

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    Sister Anita Baird, DHM, is the founding director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Racial Justice, which oversees the Archdiocese’s initiatives to eradicate racism in its structures and institutions. She is a member of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, a religious congregation. See Sister Anita Baird's Biography

    Paul Armstrong is a Saint Sabina Future Leaders High School Ministry College Mentor. Paul Armstrong is a graduate of Perspectives Calumet Technical High School and is in his second year of college at the  Illinois Art Institute of Chicago. Paul is majoring in audio production and hopes to become a music producer.

    Ansel Augustine will preach on Youth Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 10am 

    Ansel Augustine is the Director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Lousiana. Formerly he led the office of Black Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He is also on the faculty of the Institute of Black Catholic Studies of Xavier University of Louisiana. He has been doing youth and young adult ministry for more than 10 years in his home of New Orleans. Ansel Auguatine worked on rebuilding his archdiocese following Hurricane Katrina. He has written several articles and done conferences around the country relating to ministry. His hobbies are weightlifting, reading, and writing.

    African American Speaking Series - Friday, February, 7, 2014, 7:30 pm

    A singer, songwriter, actor and social activist. Belafonte was an early supporter of the civil rights movement and one of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s confidants. Throughout his career he has been an advocate for humanitarian causes. He has won three Grammy Awards, and numerous other awards for his accomplishments.

    Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak is an Anti-Apartheid Activist, former President of the World Alliance of Churches and currently serves as the Desmond Tutu Chair of Peace, Global Justice, and Reconciliation Studies, Butler University

    Rev. Boesak was a guest speaker at the Unity Worship Service on October 6, 2013 at 10am

    South African History Online Biography | Butler University Online Biography

    Valerie Bridgeman portrait 400560

    Rev. Dr. Valerie Bridgeman is the Founder and President of WomanPreach!, Inc., the premiere non-profit organization that brings preachers into full prophetic voice around issues of equity and justice both in the pulpit and in the public arena. Our mission is to produce a network of preaching women and men who will use their voice in service to the gospel of Jesus Christ, especially as it relates to Womanist/Feminist concerns of equity and justice.

    Dr. Bridgeman is a graduate of Trinity University with a double major in Communication and Religion. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where she won the Charles L. King Excellence in Preaching Award for graduating seniors. She pursued further studies at Baylor University, receiving a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biblical Studies with a concentration in Hebrew Bible.

    A preacher and teacher of preaching and biblical interpretation, Dr. Bridgeman is currently the Visiting Associate Professor of Homiletics and Hebrew Bible at Methodist Theological School (MTSO) in Ohio. She has taught graduate courses at several prestigious seminaries, including Brite Divinity School, Wesley Theological Seminary, New York Theological Seminary, and Memphis Theological Seminary. Prior to her appointment at MTSO, she was a tenured Associate Professor at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania.

    Dr. Bridgeman has also authored and contributed to numerous books, including "Those Preaching Women: A Multicultural Collection" with Rev. Dr. Ella Pearson Mitchell; "The Audacity of Faith: Christian Leaders Reflect on the Election of Barack Obama" by Dr. Marvin McMickle; and her own collection of poetry entitled, "In Search of Warriors: Dark and Strong and Other Poems". Her forthcoming work from Westminister/John Knox Press is entitled, "From God and a Woman: Womanist Hermeneutic for Biblical Interpretation".

    Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., better known by his stage name, Common, is a hip hop recording artist and actor from Chicago. His first grammy was awarded in 2003. Common wrote the song, Glory for the new movie, Selma. 

    Common will speak on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm as part of the 2015 African American Speaking Series.

    Reverend Dr. Marcus D. Cosby serves as the Senior Pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He holds the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and English from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee; the Master of Divinity Degree in Homiletics and Christian Education from Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia; and the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Homiletics from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary of the Associated Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS).


    Dr. Cosby is as a member of the Board of the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference; the African American Pulpit, a scholarly journal that highlights the preaching prowess of African-American preachers across the country; the Home Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. and the Houston Area Urban League. He has served on the Board of Directors of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, the Texas Commission for Community Service and Volunteerism, and as an Advisory Board Member of The Gardner C. Taylor Preaching Archives and Listening Room in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and the NAACP.

    Among the gifts and talents with which God has blessed Pastor Cosby, none are more meaningful to him than preaching and teaching. He has been blessed to carry his ministry across the country and seeks to uplift all humanity through the life-changing, uncompromising Word of God.

    Dr. Cosby is married to his high school sweetheart, Mrs. Audrey Marie Cosby, and they have been blessed with three beautiful daughters, Adrienne Marie, Ashley Marie and Aliyah Marie and two sons, Marcus D., II and Matthew D. Cosby.

     

    Reverend (Lt. Col.) Antonio R. Daggett, Sr., Senior Army Instructor at Manual Academy High School. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he is the father of ten(10) children and husband of Mrs. Veda Daggett. Rev. Daggett graduated from DePaul University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and received his Master Degree from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. He is a commissioned United States Army Chaplain (pastor) currently holding the rank of Major, and in August of 2002 graduated from the Command and General Staff College of the Army.

     

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    Rev. Martin L. Espinosa is Executive Pastor and Founder of Ray of Hope Community Church in Nashville, TN.

    ...Pastor Espinosa was born on the Caribbean twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago where he received his early education in the Catholic school system. Rev. Espinosa accepted Christ as his personal Savior at the age of thirteen (July 27, 1977) during an Inter-School Christian Fellowship Bible Camp. He was later baptized at Mt. Pleasant Independent Baptist Church (February 26, 1984). Rev. Espinosa was ordained by the Bethel Baptist Church in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on May 27, 1988, under the pastorate of Reverend Dr. Bentley Thomas. ​

    Pastor Espinosa is married to Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems (writer, biblical scholar, and national speaker). The couple has facilitated marriage and family workshops across the country, which are aimed at building and strengthening the Black family and protecting the future of Black children. Rev. Espinosa and his wife are the blessed parents of one daughter, Savannah Nia.

     

    Reverend Sheleta E. Fomby is the Minister of Church Life and Minister to Women at the North Campus of Reid Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church. As Minister of Church Life, Rev. Fomby, is charged with program creation, small group development, and pastoral care for the North Campus. In addition, Rev. Fomby has a heart for seeing women reach their full potential in Christ. In her role as Minister to Women she develops programs, events, activities, hosts conferences, and leads studies and seminars with the goal of helping women reach the fulfillment of becoming the women that are walking fully empowered in the vision that God has for them.



    Rev. Fomby received ordination as Itinerant Deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in April 2007 and Itinerant Elder orders in April 2009. Rev. Fomby is a gifted preacher and teacher. She has been recognized as one of the emerging voices of this generation. Rev. Fomby has been privileged to proclaim the Gospel in churches, retreats, and conferences across the nation. In addition, Rev. Fomby was recognized by The African American Pulpit Journal as one of the "20 to Watch Under 40" in their Summer 2008 issue and has had sermons published in that publication. In addition, Rev. Fomby's sermons have been included in These Sisters Can Say It, edited by Darryl Sims and Dr. Cynthia Hale.
    Rev. Fomby is fully prepared in both head and heart. She is a product of the public schools of Prince Georges County Maryland. After decorated service in the United States Air Force, Rev. Fomby received a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources from the University of Maryland. She then completed her Master of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary with a focus on African American Church Studies. Additionally, she has studied at the Faith and Leadership Institute at Duke University. Rev. Fomby, is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Wesley Theological Seminary focusing on leadership.
    Rev. Fomby firmly believes that she has come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord. It is not clear all that God will do through her, but she is certainly a voice for such a time as this. She is encouraged daily by Philippians 1:6, "…being confident of this very thing that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."

     

    Award-Winning Columnist, Author, Journalist and Professor, Fountain writes weekly for the Chicago Sun-Times. Fountain has been a reporter at some of the nation's top newspapers. Formerly a national correspondent with the New York Times, he has been a staff reporter at the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune. He is a professor at Roosevelt University and formerly a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Dick Gregory is a comedian, social activist, critic and writer. He is an influential comedian who has used his performance skills to convey his message on civil rights. Gregory was and still is very active in the Civil Right Movement. 

    Dick Gregory will speak on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 7:30 pm as part of the 2015 African American Speaking Series. 

    Rickey Harris, PhD Director of Student Life at Wolcott School, will be the guest speaker at our Education Sunday Service on September, 25, 2016

    Frederick Douglass Haynes, III, is a prophetic pastor, passionate leader, social activist, and eloquent orator and educator engaged in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, fighting against racial injustice; committed to economic justice and empowerment in under-served communities and touching and transforming the lives of the disenfranchised. For 31 years, Dr. Haynes has served as a visionary and innovative senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. Under his servant leadership, the ministry and membership have grown from less than 100 members in 1983 to over 12,000.


    Read The full biography at http://friendshipwest.org/main/about-fwbc/our-pastor/

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    Sister Anita Baird, DHM, is the founding director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Racial Justice, which oversees the Archdiocese’s initiatives to eradicate racism in its structures and institutions. She is a member of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, a religious congregation. See Sister Anita Baird's Biography

    Paul Armstrong is a Saint Sabina Future Leaders High School Ministry College Mentor. Paul Armstrong is a graduate of Perspectives Calumet Technical High School and is in his second year of college at the  Illinois Art Institute of Chicago. Paul is majoring in audio production and hopes to become a music producer.

    Ansel Augustine will preach on Youth Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 10am 

    Ansel Augustine is the Director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Lousiana. Formerly he led the office of Black Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He is also on the faculty of the Institute of Black Catholic Studies of Xavier University of Louisiana. He has been doing youth and young adult ministry for more than 10 years in his home of New Orleans. Ansel Auguatine worked on rebuilding his archdiocese following Hurricane Katrina. He has written several articles and done conferences around the country relating to ministry. His hobbies are weightlifting, reading, and writing.

    African American Speaking Series - Friday, February, 7, 2014, 7:30 pm

    A singer, songwriter, actor and social activist. Belafonte was an early supporter of the civil rights movement and one of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s confidants. Throughout his career he has been an advocate for humanitarian causes. He has won three Grammy Awards, and numerous other awards for his accomplishments.

    Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak is an Anti-Apartheid Activist, former President of the World Alliance of Churches and currently serves as the Desmond Tutu Chair of Peace, Global Justice, and Reconciliation Studies, Butler University

    Rev. Boesak was a guest speaker at the Unity Worship Service on October 6, 2013 at 10am

    South African History Online Biography | Butler University Online Biography

    Valerie Bridgeman portrait 400560

    Rev. Dr. Valerie Bridgeman is the Founder and President of WomanPreach!, Inc., the premiere non-profit organization that brings preachers into full prophetic voice around issues of equity and justice both in the pulpit and in the public arena. Our mission is to produce a network of preaching women and men who will use their voice in service to the gospel of Jesus Christ, especially as it relates to Womanist/Feminist concerns of equity and justice.

    Dr. Bridgeman is a graduate of Trinity University with a double major in Communication and Religion. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where she won the Charles L. King Excellence in Preaching Award for graduating seniors. She pursued further studies at Baylor University, receiving a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biblical Studies with a concentration in Hebrew Bible.

    A preacher and teacher of preaching and biblical interpretation, Dr. Bridgeman is currently the Visiting Associate Professor of Homiletics and Hebrew Bible at Methodist Theological School (MTSO) in Ohio. She has taught graduate courses at several prestigious seminaries, including Brite Divinity School, Wesley Theological Seminary, New York Theological Seminary, and Memphis Theological Seminary. Prior to her appointment at MTSO, she was a tenured Associate Professor at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania.

    Dr. Bridgeman has also authored and contributed to numerous books, including "Those Preaching Women: A Multicultural Collection" with Rev. Dr. Ella Pearson Mitchell; "The Audacity of Faith: Christian Leaders Reflect on the Election of Barack Obama" by Dr. Marvin McMickle; and her own collection of poetry entitled, "In Search of Warriors: Dark and Strong and Other Poems". Her forthcoming work from Westminister/John Knox Press is entitled, "From God and a Woman: Womanist Hermeneutic for Biblical Interpretation".

    Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., better known by his stage name, Common, is a hip hop recording artist and actor from Chicago. His first grammy was awarded in 2003. Common wrote the song, Glory for the new movie, Selma. 

    Common will speak on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm as part of the 2015 African American Speaking Series.

    Reverend Dr. Marcus D. Cosby serves as the Senior Pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He holds the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and English from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee; the Master of Divinity Degree in Homiletics and Christian Education from Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia; and the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Homiletics from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary of the Associated Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS).


    Dr. Cosby is as a member of the Board of the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference; the African American Pulpit, a scholarly journal that highlights the preaching prowess of African-American preachers across the country; the Home Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. and the Houston Area Urban League. He has served on the Board of Directors of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, the Texas Commission for Community Service and Volunteerism, and as an Advisory Board Member of The Gardner C. Taylor Preaching Archives and Listening Room in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and the NAACP.

    Among the gifts and talents with which God has blessed Pastor Cosby, none are more meaningful to him than preaching and teaching. He has been blessed to carry his ministry across the country and seeks to uplift all humanity through the life-changing, uncompromising Word of God.

    Dr. Cosby is married to his high school sweetheart, Mrs. Audrey Marie Cosby, and they have been blessed with three beautiful daughters, Adrienne Marie, Ashley Marie and Aliyah Marie and two sons, Marcus D., II and Matthew D. Cosby.

     

    Reverend (Lt. Col.) Antonio R. Daggett, Sr., Senior Army Instructor at Manual Academy High School. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he is the father of ten(10) children and husband of Mrs. Veda Daggett. Rev. Daggett graduated from DePaul University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and received his Master Degree from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. He is a commissioned United States Army Chaplain (pastor) currently holding the rank of Major, and in August of 2002 graduated from the Command and General Staff College of the Army.

     

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    Rev. Martin L. Espinosa is Executive Pastor and Founder of Ray of Hope Community Church in Nashville, TN.

    ...Pastor Espinosa was born on the Caribbean twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago where he received his early education in the Catholic school system. Rev. Espinosa accepted Christ as his personal Savior at the age of thirteen (July 27, 1977) during an Inter-School Christian Fellowship Bible Camp. He was later baptized at Mt. Pleasant Independent Baptist Church (February 26, 1984). Rev. Espinosa was ordained by the Bethel Baptist Church in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on May 27, 1988, under the pastorate of Reverend Dr. Bentley Thomas. ​

    Pastor Espinosa is married to Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems (writer, biblical scholar, and national speaker). The couple has facilitated marriage and family workshops across the country, which are aimed at building and strengthening the Black family and protecting the future of Black children. Rev. Espinosa and his wife are the blessed parents of one daughter, Savannah Nia.

     

    Reverend Sheleta E. Fomby is the Minister of Church Life and Minister to Women at the North Campus of Reid Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church. As Minister of Church Life, Rev. Fomby, is charged with program creation, small group development, and pastoral care for the North Campus. In addition, Rev. Fomby has a heart for seeing women reach their full potential in Christ. In her role as Minister to Women she develops programs, events, activities, hosts conferences, and leads studies and seminars with the goal of helping women reach the fulfillment of becoming the women that are walking fully empowered in the vision that God has for them.



    Rev. Fomby received ordination as Itinerant Deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in April 2007 and Itinerant Elder orders in April 2009. Rev. Fomby is a gifted preacher and teacher. She has been recognized as one of the emerging voices of this generation. Rev. Fomby has been privileged to proclaim the Gospel in churches, retreats, and conferences across the nation. In addition, Rev. Fomby was recognized by The African American Pulpit Journal as one of the "20 to Watch Under 40" in their Summer 2008 issue and has had sermons published in that publication. In addition, Rev. Fomby's sermons have been included in These Sisters Can Say It, edited by Darryl Sims and Dr. Cynthia Hale.
    Rev. Fomby is fully prepared in both head and heart. She is a product of the public schools of Prince Georges County Maryland. After decorated service in the United States Air Force, Rev. Fomby received a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources from the University of Maryland. She then completed her Master of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary with a focus on African American Church Studies. Additionally, she has studied at the Faith and Leadership Institute at Duke University. Rev. Fomby, is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Wesley Theological Seminary focusing on leadership.
    Rev. Fomby firmly believes that she has come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord. It is not clear all that God will do through her, but she is certainly a voice for such a time as this. She is encouraged daily by Philippians 1:6, "…being confident of this very thing that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."

     

    Award-Winning Columnist, Author, Journalist and Professor, Fountain writes weekly for the Chicago Sun-Times. Fountain has been a reporter at some of the nation's top newspapers. Formerly a national correspondent with the New York Times, he has been a staff reporter at the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune. He is a professor at Roosevelt University and formerly a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Dick Gregory is a comedian, social activist, critic and writer. He is an influential comedian who has used his performance skills to convey his message on civil rights. Gregory was and still is very active in the Civil Right Movement. 

    Dick Gregory will speak on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 7:30 pm as part of the 2015 African American Speaking Series. 

    Rickey Harris, PhD Director of Student Life at Wolcott School, will be the guest speaker at our Education Sunday Service on September, 25, 2016

    Frederick Douglass Haynes, III, is a prophetic pastor, passionate leader, social activist, and eloquent orator and educator engaged in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, fighting against racial injustice; committed to economic justice and empowerment in under-served communities and touching and transforming the lives of the disenfranchised. For 31 years, Dr. Haynes has served as a visionary and innovative senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. Under his servant leadership, the ministry and membership have grown from less than 100 members in 1983 to over 12,000.


    Read The full biography at http://friendshipwest.org/main/about-fwbc/our-pastor/

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    Sister Anita Baird, DHM, is the founding director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Racial Justice, which oversees the Archdiocese’s initiatives to eradicate racism in its structures and institutions. She is a member of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, a religious congregation. See Sister Anita Baird's Biography

    Paul Armstrong is a Saint Sabina Future Leaders High School Ministry College Mentor. Paul Armstrong is a graduate of Perspectives Calumet Technical High School and is in his second year of college at the  Illinois Art Institute of Chicago. Paul is majoring in audio production and hopes to become a music producer.

    Ansel Augustine will preach on Youth Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 10am 

    Ansel Augustine is the Director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Lousiana. Formerly he led the office of Black Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He is also on the faculty of the Institute of Black Catholic Studies of Xavier University of Louisiana. He has been doing youth and young adult ministry for more than 10 years in his home of New Orleans. Ansel Auguatine worked on rebuilding his archdiocese following Hurricane Katrina. He has written several articles and done conferences around the country relating to ministry. His hobbies are weightlifting, reading, and writing.

    African American Speaking Series - Friday, February, 7, 2014, 7:30 pm

    A singer, songwriter, actor and social activist. Belafonte was an early supporter of the civil rights movement and one of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s confidants. Throughout his career he has been an advocate for humanitarian causes. He has won three Grammy Awards, and numerous other awards for his accomplishments.

    Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak is an Anti-Apartheid Activist, former President of the World Alliance of Churches and currently serves as the Desmond Tutu Chair of Peace, Global Justice, and Reconciliation Studies, Butler University

    Rev. Boesak was a guest speaker at the Unity Worship Service on October 6, 2013 at 10am

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    Rev. Dr. Valerie Bridgeman is the Founder and President of WomanPreach!, Inc., the premiere non-profit organization that brings preachers into full prophetic voice around issues of equity and justice both in the pulpit and in the public arena. Our mission is to produce a network of preaching women and men who will use their voice in service to the gospel of Jesus Christ, especially as it relates to Womanist/Feminist concerns of equity and justice.

    Dr. Bridgeman is a graduate of Trinity University with a double major in Communication and Religion. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where she won the Charles L. King Excellence in Preaching Award for graduating seniors. She pursued further studies at Baylor University, receiving a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biblical Studies with a concentration in Hebrew Bible.

    A preacher and teacher of preaching and biblical interpretation, Dr. Bridgeman is currently the Visiting Associate Professor of Homiletics and Hebrew Bible at Methodist Theological School (MTSO) in Ohio. She has taught graduate courses at several prestigious seminaries, including Brite Divinity School, Wesley Theological Seminary, New York Theological Seminary, and Memphis Theological Seminary. Prior to her appointment at MTSO, she was a tenured Associate Professor at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania.

    Dr. Bridgeman has also authored and contributed to numerous books, including "Those Preaching Women: A Multicultural Collection" with Rev. Dr. Ella Pearson Mitchell; "The Audacity of Faith: Christian Leaders Reflect on the Election of Barack Obama" by Dr. Marvin McMickle; and her own collection of poetry entitled, "In Search of Warriors: Dark and Strong and Other Poems". Her forthcoming work from Westminister/John Knox Press is entitled, "From God and a Woman: Womanist Hermeneutic for Biblical Interpretation".

    Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., better known by his stage name, Common, is a hip hop recording artist and actor from Chicago. His first grammy was awarded in 2003. Common wrote the song, Glory for the new movie, Selma. 

    Common will speak on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm as part of the 2015 African American Speaking Series.

    Reverend Dr. Marcus D. Cosby serves as the Senior Pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He holds the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and English from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee; the Master of Divinity Degree in Homiletics and Christian Education from Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia; and the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Homiletics from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary of the Associated Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS).


    Dr. Cosby is as a member of the Board of the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference; the African American Pulpit, a scholarly journal that highlights the preaching prowess of African-American preachers across the country; the Home Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. and the Houston Area Urban League. He has served on the Board of Directors of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, the Texas Commission for Community Service and Volunteerism, and as an Advisory Board Member of The Gardner C. Taylor Preaching Archives and Listening Room in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and the NAACP.

    Among the gifts and talents with which God has blessed Pastor Cosby, none are more meaningful to him than preaching and teaching. He has been blessed to carry his ministry across the country and seeks to uplift all humanity through the life-changing, uncompromising Word of God.

    Dr. Cosby is married to his high school sweetheart, Mrs. Audrey Marie Cosby, and they have been blessed with three beautiful daughters, Adrienne Marie, Ashley Marie and Aliyah Marie and two sons, Marcus D., II and Matthew D. Cosby.

     

    Reverend (Lt. Col.) Antonio R. Daggett, Sr., Senior Army Instructor at Manual Academy High School. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he is the father of ten(10) children and husband of Mrs. Veda Daggett. Rev. Daggett graduated from DePaul University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and received his Master Degree from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. He is a commissioned United States Army Chaplain (pastor) currently holding the rank of Major, and in August of 2002 graduated from the Command and General Staff College of the Army.

     

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    Rev. Martin L. Espinosa is Executive Pastor and Founder of Ray of Hope Community Church in Nashville, TN.

    ...Pastor Espinosa was born on the Caribbean twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago where he received his early education in the Catholic school system. Rev. Espinosa accepted Christ as his personal Savior at the age of thirteen (July 27, 1977) during an Inter-School Christian Fellowship Bible Camp. He was later baptized at Mt. Pleasant Independent Baptist Church (February 26, 1984). Rev. Espinosa was ordained by the Bethel Baptist Church in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on May 27, 1988, under the pastorate of Reverend Dr. Bentley Thomas. ​

    Pastor Espinosa is married to Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems (writer, biblical scholar, and national speaker). The couple has facilitated marriage and family workshops across the country, which are aimed at building and strengthening the Black family and protecting the future of Black children. Rev. Espinosa and his wife are the blessed parents of one daughter, Savannah Nia.

     

    Reverend Sheleta E. Fomby is the Minister of Church Life and Minister to Women at the North Campus of Reid Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church. As Minister of Church Life, Rev. Fomby, is charged with program creation, small group development, and pastoral care for the North Campus. In addition, Rev. Fomby has a heart for seeing women reach their full potential in Christ. In her role as Minister to Women she develops programs, events, activities, hosts conferences, and leads studies and seminars with the goal of helping women reach the fulfillment of becoming the women that are walking fully empowered in the vision that God has for them.



    Rev. Fomby received ordination as Itinerant Deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in April 2007 and Itinerant Elder orders in April 2009. Rev. Fomby is a gifted preacher and teacher. She has been recognized as one of the emerging voices of this generation. Rev. Fomby has been privileged to proclaim the Gospel in churches, retreats, and conferences across the nation. In addition, Rev. Fomby was recognized by The African American Pulpit Journal as one of the "20 to Watch Under 40" in their Summer 2008 issue and has had sermons published in that publication. In addition, Rev. Fomby's sermons have been included in These Sisters Can Say It, edited by Darryl Sims and Dr. Cynthia Hale.
    Rev. Fomby is fully prepared in both head and heart. She is a product of the public schools of Prince Georges County Maryland. After decorated service in the United States Air Force, Rev. Fomby received a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources from the University of Maryland. She then completed her Master of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary with a focus on African American Church Studies. Additionally, she has studied at the Faith and Leadership Institute at Duke University. Rev. Fomby, is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Wesley Theological Seminary focusing on leadership.
    Rev. Fomby firmly believes that she has come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord. It is not clear all that God will do through her, but she is certainly a voice for such a time as this. She is encouraged daily by Philippians 1:6, "…being confident of this very thing that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."

     

    Award-Winning Columnist, Author, Journalist and Professor, Fountain writes weekly for the Chicago Sun-Times. Fountain has been a reporter at some of the nation's top newspapers. Formerly a national correspondent with the New York Times, he has been a staff reporter at the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune. He is a professor at Roosevelt University and formerly a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Dick Gregory is a comedian, social activist, critic and writer. He is an influential comedian who has used his performance skills to convey his message on civil rights. Gregory was and still is very active in the Civil Right Movement. 

    Dick Gregory will speak on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 7:30 pm as part of the 2015 African American Speaking Series. 

    Rickey Harris, PhD Director of Student Life at Wolcott School, will be the guest speaker at our Education Sunday Service on September, 25, 2016

    Frederick Douglass Haynes, III, is a prophetic pastor, passionate leader, social activist, and eloquent orator and educator engaged in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, fighting against racial injustice; committed to economic justice and empowerment in under-served communities and touching and transforming the lives of the disenfranchised. For 31 years, Dr. Haynes has served as a visionary and innovative senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. Under his servant leadership, the ministry and membership have grown from less than 100 members in 1983 to over 12,000.


    Read The full biography at http://friendshipwest.org/main/about-fwbc/our-pastor/

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    Sister Anita Baird, DHM, is the founding director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Racial Justice, which oversees the Archdiocese’s initiatives to eradicate racism in its structures and institutions. She is a member of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, a religious congregation. See Sister Anita Baird's Biography

    Paul Armstrong is a Saint Sabina Future Leaders High School Ministry College Mentor. Paul Armstrong is a graduate of Perspectives Calumet Technical High School and is in his second year of college at the  Illinois Art Institute of Chicago. Paul is majoring in audio production and hopes to become a music producer.

    Ansel Augustine will preach on Youth Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 10am 

    Ansel Augustine is the Director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Lousiana. Formerly he led the office of Black Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He is also on the faculty of the Institute of Black Catholic Studies of Xavier University of Louisiana. He has been doing youth and young adult ministry for more than 10 years in his home of New Orleans. Ansel Auguatine worked on rebuilding his archdiocese following Hurricane Katrina. He has written several articles and done conferences around the country relating to ministry. His hobbies are weightlifting, reading, and writing.

    African American Speaking Series - Friday, February, 7, 2014, 7:30 pm

    A singer, songwriter, actor and social activist. Belafonte was an early supporter of the civil rights movement and one of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s confidants. Throughout his career he has been an advocate for humanitarian causes. He has won three Grammy Awards, and numerous other awards for his accomplishments.

    Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak is an Anti-Apartheid Activist, former President of the World Alliance of Churches and currently serves as the Desmond Tutu Chair of Peace, Global Justice, and Reconciliation Studies, Butler University

    Rev. Boesak was a guest speaker at the Unity Worship Service on October 6, 2013 at 10am

    South African History Online Biography | Butler University Online Biography

    Valerie Bridgeman portrait 400560

    Rev. Dr. Valerie Bridgeman is the Founder and President of WomanPreach!, Inc., the premiere non-profit organization that brings preachers into full prophetic voice around issues of equity and justice both in the pulpit and in the public arena. Our mission is to produce a network of preaching women and men who will use their voice in service to the gospel of Jesus Christ, especially as it relates to Womanist/Feminist concerns of equity and justice.

    Dr. Bridgeman is a graduate of Trinity University with a double major in Communication and Religion. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where she won the Charles L. King Excellence in Preaching Award for graduating seniors. She pursued further studies at Baylor University, receiving a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biblical Studies with a concentration in Hebrew Bible.

    A preacher and teacher of preaching and biblical interpretation, Dr. Bridgeman is currently the Visiting Associate Professor of Homiletics and Hebrew Bible at Methodist Theological School (MTSO) in Ohio. She has taught graduate courses at several prestigious seminaries, including Brite Divinity School, Wesley Theological Seminary, New York Theological Seminary, and Memphis Theological Seminary. Prior to her appointment at MTSO, she was a tenured Associate Professor at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania.

    Dr. Bridgeman has also authored and contributed to numerous books, including "Those Preaching Women: A Multicultural Collection" with Rev. Dr. Ella Pearson Mitchell; "The Audacity of Faith: Christian Leaders Reflect on the Election of Barack Obama" by Dr. Marvin McMickle; and her own collection of poetry entitled, "In Search of Warriors: Dark and Strong and Other Poems". Her forthcoming work from Westminister/John Knox Press is entitled, "From God and a Woman: Womanist Hermeneutic for Biblical Interpretation".

    Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., better known by his stage name, Common, is a hip hop recording artist and actor from Chicago. His first grammy was awarded in 2003. Common wrote the song, Glory for the new movie, Selma. 

    Common will speak on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm as part of the 2015 African American Speaking Series.

    Reverend Dr. Marcus D. Cosby serves as the Senior Pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He holds the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and English from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee; the Master of Divinity Degree in Homiletics and Christian Education from Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia; and the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Homiletics from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary of the Associated Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS).


    Dr. Cosby is as a member of the Board of the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference; the African American Pulpit, a scholarly journal that highlights the preaching prowess of African-American preachers across the country; the Home Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. and the Houston Area Urban League. He has served on the Board of Directors of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, the Texas Commission for Community Service and Volunteerism, and as an Advisory Board Member of The Gardner C. Taylor Preaching Archives and Listening Room in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and the NAACP.

    Among the gifts and talents with which God has blessed Pastor Cosby, none are more meaningful to him than preaching and teaching. He has been blessed to carry his ministry across the country and seeks to uplift all humanity through the life-changing, uncompromising Word of God.

    Dr. Cosby is married to his high school sweetheart, Mrs. Audrey Marie Cosby, and they have been blessed with three beautiful daughters, Adrienne Marie, Ashley Marie and Aliyah Marie and two sons, Marcus D., II and Matthew D. Cosby.

     

    Reverend (Lt. Col.) Antonio R. Daggett, Sr., Senior Army Instructor at Manual Academy High School. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he is the father of ten(10) children and husband of Mrs. Veda Daggett. Rev. Daggett graduated from DePaul University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and received his Master Degree from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. He is a commissioned United States Army Chaplain (pastor) currently holding the rank of Major, and in August of 2002 graduated from the Command and General Staff College of the Army.

     

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    Rev. Martin L. Espinosa is Executive Pastor and Founder of Ray of Hope Community Church in Nashville, TN.

    ...Pastor Espinosa was born on the Caribbean twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago where he received his early education in the Catholic school system. Rev. Espinosa accepted Christ as his personal Savior at the age of thirteen (July 27, 1977) during an Inter-School Christian Fellowship Bible Camp. He was later baptized at Mt. Pleasant Independent Baptist Church (February 26, 1984). Rev. Espinosa was ordained by the Bethel Baptist Church in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on May 27, 1988, under the pastorate of Reverend Dr. Bentley Thomas. ​

    Pastor Espinosa is married to Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems (writer, biblical scholar, and national speaker). The couple has facilitated marriage and family workshops across the country, which are aimed at building and strengthening the Black family and protecting the future of Black children. Rev. Espinosa and his wife are the blessed parents of one daughter, Savannah Nia.

     

    Reverend Sheleta E. Fomby is the Minister of Church Life and Minister to Women at the North Campus of Reid Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church. As Minister of Church Life, Rev. Fomby, is charged with program creation, small group development, and pastoral care for the North Campus. In addition, Rev. Fomby has a heart for seeing women reach their full potential in Christ. In her role as Minister to Women she develops programs, events, activities, hosts conferences, and leads studies and seminars with the goal of helping women reach the fulfillment of becoming the women that are walking fully empowered in the vision that God has for them.



    Rev. Fomby received ordination as Itinerant Deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in April 2007 and Itinerant Elder orders in April 2009. Rev. Fomby is a gifted preacher and teacher. She has been recognized as one of the emerging voices of this generation. Rev. Fomby has been privileged to proclaim the Gospel in churches, retreats, and conferences across the nation. In addition, Rev. Fomby was recognized by The African American Pulpit Journal as one of the "20 to Watch Under 40" in their Summer 2008 issue and has had sermons published in that publication. In addition, Rev. Fomby's sermons have been included in These Sisters Can Say It, edited by Darryl Sims and Dr. Cynthia Hale.
    Rev. Fomby is fully prepared in both head and heart. She is a product of the public schools of Prince Georges County Maryland. After decorated service in the United States Air Force, Rev. Fomby received a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources from the University of Maryland. She then completed her Master of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary with a focus on African American Church Studies. Additionally, she has studied at the Faith and Leadership Institute at Duke University. Rev. Fomby, is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Wesley Theological Seminary focusing on leadership.
    Rev. Fomby firmly believes that she has come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord. It is not clear all that God will do through her, but she is certainly a voice for such a time as this. She is encouraged daily by Philippians 1:6, "…being confident of this very thing that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."

     

    Award-Winning Columnist, Author, Journalist and Professor, Fountain writes weekly for the Chicago Sun-Times. Fountain has been a reporter at some of the nation's top newspapers. Formerly a national correspondent with the New York Times, he has been a staff reporter at the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune. He is a professor at Roosevelt University and formerly a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Dick Gregory is a comedian, social activist, critic and writer. He is an influential comedian who has used his performance skills to convey his message on civil rights. Gregory was and still is very active in the Civil Right Movement. 

    Dick Gregory will speak on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 7:30 pm as part of the 2015 African American Speaking Series. 

    Rickey Harris, PhD Director of Student Life at Wolcott School, will be the guest speaker at our Education Sunday Service on September, 25, 2016

    Frederick Douglass Haynes, III, is a prophetic pastor, passionate leader, social activist, and eloquent orator and educator engaged in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, fighting against racial injustice; committed to economic justice and empowerment in under-served communities and touching and transforming the lives of the disenfranchised. For 31 years, Dr. Haynes has served as a visionary and innovative senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. Under his servant leadership, the ministry and membership have grown from less than 100 members in 1983 to over 12,000.


    Read The full biography at http://friendshipwest.org/main/about-fwbc/our-pastor/

    African American Speaking Series - Friday, February 21, 2014, 7:30 pm

    A longtime civil rights activist and organizer, a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He played a leading role in early organizing of the Selma, Alabama, voting rights campaign. He cofounded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He was named National Coordinator of the Poor Peoples’ Campaign by Dr. King.

    Harry Lennix is an actor. He is best known for his roles Terrence in the film, The Five Heartbeats. Lennix was born in Chicago. He attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary South and Northwestern University. Also starring in The Matrix, Ray and Blacklist. \

    Harry Lennix is our guest speaker for our 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at the 11:15am service.

    African American Speaking Series - Friday, March 21, 2014, 7:30 pm

    A minister in the United Methodist Church and leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He later became the third president of the South Christian Leadership Conference after Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 2009, Rev. Lowery received a Presidential Medal of Freedom Award by President Barack Obama.

    Since 1983, Kimberly Lymore has been a member of The Faith Community of St. Sabina, which is known for its dynamic worship and social activism.  In 2000, Kimberly decided to leave Corporate America and pursue full-time ministry.  On September 1, 2000 she became the full-time Pastoral Associate at The Faith Community of St. Sabina. She is also team leader for the Worship & Praise Ministry (formerly, Liturgy Committee) and Eucharistic Ministers. Kimberly is also on the preaching staff for the 8:30 service. Kimberly is responsible for all the sacramental preparation of Sunday School children and Adults and all technology for the church. She is involved in several women’s ministries, National Consortium of Black Women in Ministry and Women in Urban Ministry.  Kimberly received her Masters in Divinity with a concentration in Word and Worship in June of 2003 from Catholic Theological Union. In May of 2009 she received her Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Theological Union. Her thesis article was titled, “God Doesn’t Tilt: Making the Connection Between Worship and Justice.”

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    Sister Anita Baird, DHM, is the founding director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Racial Justice, which oversees the Archdiocese’s initiatives to eradicate racism in its structures and institutions. She is a member of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, a religious congregation. See Sister Anita Baird's Biography

    Paul Armstrong is a Saint Sabina Future Leaders High School Ministry College Mentor. Paul Armstrong is a graduate of Perspectives Calumet Technical High School and is in his second year of college at the  Illinois Art Institute of Chicago. Paul is majoring in audio production and hopes to become a music producer.

    Ansel Augustine will preach on Youth Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 10am 

    Ansel Augustine is the Director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Lousiana. Formerly he led the office of Black Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He is also on the faculty of the Institute of Black Catholic Studies of Xavier University of Louisiana. He has been doing youth and young adult ministry for more than 10 years in his home of New Orleans. Ansel Auguatine worked on rebuilding his archdiocese following Hurricane Katrina. He has written several articles and done conferences around the country relating to ministry. His hobbies are weightlifting, reading, and writing.

    African American Speaking Series - Friday, February, 7, 2014, 7:30 pm

    A singer, songwriter, actor and social activist. Belafonte was an early supporter of the civil rights movement and one of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s confidants. Throughout his career he has been an advocate for humanitarian causes. He has won three Grammy Awards, and numerous other awards for his accomplishments.

    Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak is an Anti-Apartheid Activist, former President of the World Alliance of Churches and currently serves as the Desmond Tutu Chair of Peace, Global Justice, and Reconciliation Studies, Butler University

    Rev. Boesak was a guest speaker at the Unity Worship Service on October 6, 2013 at 10am

    South African History Online Biography | Butler University Online Biography

    Valerie Bridgeman portrait 400560

    Rev. Dr. Valerie Bridgeman is the Founder and President of WomanPreach!, Inc., the premiere non-profit organization that brings preachers into full prophetic voice around issues of equity and justice both in the pulpit and in the public arena. Our mission is to produce a network of preaching women and men who will use their voice in service to the gospel of Jesus Christ, especially as it relates to Womanist/Feminist concerns of equity and justice.

    Dr. Bridgeman is a graduate of Trinity University with a double major in Communication and Religion. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where she won the Charles L. King Excellence in Preaching Award for graduating seniors. She pursued further studies at Baylor University, receiving a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biblical Studies with a concentration in Hebrew Bible.

    A preacher and teacher of preaching and biblical interpretation, Dr. Bridgeman is currently the Visiting Associate Professor of Homiletics and Hebrew Bible at Methodist Theological School (MTSO) in Ohio. She has taught graduate courses at several prestigious seminaries, including Brite Divinity School, Wesley Theological Seminary, New York Theological Seminary, and Memphis Theological Seminary. Prior to her appointment at MTSO, she was a tenured Associate Professor at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania.

    Dr. Bridgeman has also authored and contributed to numerous books, including "Those Preaching Women: A Multicultural Collection" with Rev. Dr. Ella Pearson Mitchell; "The Audacity of Faith: Christian Leaders Reflect on the Election of Barack Obama" by Dr. Marvin McMickle; and her own collection of poetry entitled, "In Search of Warriors: Dark and Strong and Other Poems". Her forthcoming work from Westminister/John Knox Press is entitled, "From God and a Woman: Womanist Hermeneutic for Biblical Interpretation".

    Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., better known by his stage name, Common, is a hip hop recording artist and actor from Chicago. His first grammy was awarded in 2003. Common wrote the song, Glory for the new movie, Selma. 

    Common will speak on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm as part of the 2015 African American Speaking Series.

    Reverend Dr. Marcus D. Cosby serves as the Senior Pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He holds the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and English from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee; the Master of Divinity Degree in Homiletics and Christian Education from Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia; and the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Homiletics from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary of the Associated Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS).


    Dr. Cosby is as a member of the Board of the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference; the African American Pulpit, a scholarly journal that highlights the preaching prowess of African-American preachers across the country; the Home Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. and the Houston Area Urban League. He has served on the Board of Directors of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, the Texas Commission for Community Service and Volunteerism, and as an Advisory Board Member of The Gardner C. Taylor Preaching Archives and Listening Room in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and the NAACP.

    Among the gifts and talents with which God has blessed Pastor Cosby, none are more meaningful to him than preaching and teaching. He has been blessed to carry his ministry across the country and seeks to uplift all humanity through the life-changing, uncompromising Word of God.

    Dr. Cosby is married to his high school sweetheart, Mrs. Audrey Marie Cosby, and they have been blessed with three beautiful daughters, Adrienne Marie, Ashley Marie and Aliyah Marie and two sons, Marcus D., II and Matthew D. Cosby.

     

    Reverend (Lt. Col.) Antonio R. Daggett, Sr., Senior Army Instructor at Manual Academy High School. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he is the father of ten(10) children and husband of Mrs. Veda Daggett. Rev. Daggett graduated from DePaul University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and received his Master Degree from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. He is a commissioned United States Army Chaplain (pastor) currently holding the rank of Major, and in August of 2002 graduated from the Command and General Staff College of the Army.

     

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    Rev. Martin L. Espinosa is Executive Pastor and Founder of Ray of Hope Community Church in Nashville, TN.

    ...Pastor Espinosa was born on the Caribbean twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago where he received his early education in the Catholic school system. Rev. Espinosa accepted Christ as his personal Savior at the age of thirteen (July 27, 1977) during an Inter-School Christian Fellowship Bible Camp. He was later baptized at Mt. Pleasant Independent Baptist Church (February 26, 1984). Rev. Espinosa was ordained by the Bethel Baptist Church in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on May 27, 1988, under the pastorate of Reverend Dr. Bentley Thomas. ​

    Pastor Espinosa is married to Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems (writer, biblical scholar, and national speaker). The couple has facilitated marriage and family workshops across the country, which are aimed at building and strengthening the Black family and protecting the future of Black children. Rev. Espinosa and his wife are the blessed parents of one daughter, Savannah Nia.

     

    Reverend Sheleta E. Fomby is the Minister of Church Life and Minister to Women at the North Campus of Reid Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church. As Minister of Church Life, Rev. Fomby, is charged with program creation, small group development, and pastoral care for the North Campus. In addition, Rev. Fomby has a heart for seeing women reach their full potential in Christ. In her role as Minister to Women she develops programs, events, activities, hosts conferences, and leads studies and seminars with the goal of helping women reach the fulfillment of becoming the women that are walking fully empowered in the vision that God has for them.



    Rev. Fomby received ordination as Itinerant Deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in April 2007 and Itinerant Elder orders in April 2009. Rev. Fomby is a gifted preacher and teacher. She has been recognized as one of the emerging voices of this generation. Rev. Fomby has been privileged to proclaim the Gospel in churches, retreats, and conferences across the nation. In addition, Rev. Fomby was recognized by The African American Pulpit Journal as one of the "20 to Watch Under 40" in their Summer 2008 issue and has had sermons published in that publication. In addition, Rev. Fomby's sermons have been included in These Sisters Can Say It, edited by Darryl Sims and Dr. Cynthia Hale.
    Rev. Fomby is fully prepared in both head and heart. She is a product of the public schools of Prince Georges County Maryland. After decorated service in the United States Air Force, Rev. Fomby received a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources from the University of Maryland. She then completed her Master of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary with a focus on African American Church Studies. Additionally, she has studied at the Faith and Leadership Institute at Duke University. Rev. Fomby, is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Wesley Theological Seminary focusing on leadership.
    Rev. Fomby firmly believes that she has come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord. It is not clear all that God will do through her, but she is certainly a voice for such a time as this. She is encouraged daily by Philippians 1:6, "…being confident of this very thing that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."

     

    Award-Winning Columnist, Author, Journalist and Professor, Fountain writes weekly for the Chicago Sun-Times. Fountain has been a reporter at some of the nation's top newspapers. Formerly a national correspondent with the New York Times, he has been a staff reporter at the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune. He is a professor at Roosevelt University and formerly a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Dick Gregory is a comedian, social activist, critic and writer. He is an influential comedian who has used his performance skills to convey his message on civil rights. Gregory was and still is very active in the Civil Right Movement. 

    Dick Gregory will speak on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 7:30 pm as part of the 2015 African American Speaking Series. 

    Rickey Harris, PhD Director of Student Life at Wolcott School, will be the guest speaker at our Education Sunday Service on September, 25, 2016

    Frederick Douglass Haynes, III, is a prophetic pastor, passionate leader, social activist, and eloquent orator and educator engaged in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, fighting against racial injustice; committed to economic justice and empowerment in under-served communities and touching and transforming the lives of the disenfranchised. For 31 years, Dr. Haynes has served as a visionary and innovative senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. Under his servant leadership, the ministry and membership have grown from less than 100 members in 1983 to over 12,000.


    Read The full biography at http://friendshipwest.org/main/about-fwbc/our-pastor/

    African American Speaking Series - Friday, February 21, 2014, 7:30 pm

    A longtime civil rights activist and organizer, a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He played a leading role in early organizing of the Selma, Alabama, voting rights campaign. He cofounded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He was named National Coordinator of the Poor Peoples’ Campaign by Dr. King.

    Harry Lennix is an actor. He is best known for his roles Terrence in the film, The Five Heartbeats. Lennix was born in Chicago. He attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary South and Northwestern University. Also starring in The Matrix, Ray and Blacklist. \

    Harry Lennix is our guest speaker for our 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at the 11:15am service.

    African American Speaking Series - Friday, March 21, 2014, 7:30 pm

    A minister in the United Methodist Church and leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He later became the third president of the South Christian Leadership Conference after Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 2009, Rev. Lowery received a Presidential Medal of Freedom Award by President Barack Obama.

    Since 1983, Kimberly Lymore has been a member of The Faith Community of St. Sabina, which is known for its dynamic worship and social activism.  In 2000, Kimberly decided to leave Corporate America and pursue full-time ministry.  On September 1, 2000 she became the full-time Pastoral Associate at The Faith Community of St. Sabina. She is also team leader for the Worship & Praise Ministry (formerly, Liturgy Committee) and Eucharistic Ministers. Kimberly is also on the preaching staff for the 8:30 service. Kimberly is responsible for all the sacramental preparation of Sunday School children and Adults and all technology for the church. She is involved in several women’s ministries, National Consortium of Black Women in Ministry and Women in Urban Ministry.  Kimberly received her Masters in Divinity with a concentration in Word and Worship in June of 2003 from Catholic Theological Union. In May of 2009 she received her Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Theological Union. Her thesis article was titled, “God Doesn’t Tilt: Making the Connection Between Worship and Justice.”

    Father Thulani D. Magwaza is Pastor of the Faith Community of Saint Sabina Church

    LIVE it, DO it, SHARE it, TEACH it, and BE it - For "Worship is A Lifestyle!"

    Often referred to as "The First Lady of Praise and Worship," Judith McAllister is probably best known for her impact as one of the forerunners of the Praise and Worship movement in the African American Church. Having served for 17 years as Worship Leader at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ (Pastor – Chief Apostle of the COGIC International, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.), and 13 years as the church's Executive Director of the Music and Worship Arts Department, she developed a style and approach to Praise & Worship earning her accolades from coast to coast.

    A Wife, Mother, Author, prolific Bible Teacher, Prophetic Psalmist and a Grammy Award Nominee for a recording she initiated and co-produced, the West Angeles Mass Choir Project - "No Limit", she is also CEO of three entities, which enable her to mentor, train and empower the next generation in the ministry of music. Judah Music Group LLC, serves as the springboard for her recordings – "Send Judah First", "Raise the Praise", "In His Presence" and "Sound The Trumpet." Inheritance of Judah Ministries and Never Ending Worship (N.E.W.) Enterprises LLC, provide the foundation for all of her workshops, seminars, ministry services and products.

    Read More at http://www.neverendingworship.com/Dr._Judith_McAllister/

    Dr. Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr. is Senior Pastor of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church.  Since his return to the Bethel Church in 1995, the ministry has grown to over 9,000 disciples, almost tripling in size.  Dr. McKissick and his father, Dr. Rudolph McKissick, Sr. have developed a model ministry for partnering in the pastorate, as they both share as Senior Pastors of this the oldest Baptist church in the state of Florida.  Under this leadership, the church has continued to stay on the cutting edge of Kingdom ministry while maintaining the traditions that have made this ministry what it has been through the annals of time.


    Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Sunday, January 17, 2015 11:15 am

    Rev. Otis Moss, Jr. is a theologian, pastor and Civil Rights leader. He is one of America’s most influential religious leaders. He was a cabinet member to Rev. King, Jr., and co-pastor with Rev King, Sr. (Daddy King) at Ebenezer Baptist Church. He was senior pastor of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the father of Otis Moss, III, pastor at TUCC.

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    Sister Anita Baird, DHM, is the founding director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Racial Justice, which oversees the Archdiocese’s initiatives to eradicate racism in its structures and institutions. She is a member of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, a religious congregation. See Sister Anita Baird's Biography

    Paul Armstrong is a Saint Sabina Future Leaders High School Ministry College Mentor. Paul Armstrong is a graduate of Perspectives Calumet Technical High School and is in his second year of college at the  Illinois Art Institute of Chicago. Paul is majoring in audio production and hopes to become a music producer.

    Ansel Augustine will preach on Youth Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 10am 

    Ansel Augustine is the Director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Lousiana. Formerly he led the office of Black Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He is also on the faculty of the Institute of Black Catholic Studies of Xavier University of Louisiana. He has been doing youth and young adult ministry for more than 10 years in his home of New Orleans. Ansel Auguatine worked on rebuilding his archdiocese following Hurricane Katrina. He has written several articles and done conferences around the country relating to ministry. His hobbies are weightlifting, reading, and writing.

    African American Speaking Series - Friday, February, 7, 2014, 7:30 pm

    A singer, songwriter, actor and social activist. Belafonte was an early supporter of the civil rights movement and one of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s confidants. Throughout his career he has been an advocate for humanitarian causes. He has won three Grammy Awards, and numerous other awards for his accomplishments.

    Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak is an Anti-Apartheid Activist, former President of the World Alliance of Churches and currently serves as the Desmond Tutu Chair of Peace, Global Justice, and Reconciliation Studies, Butler University

    Rev. Boesak was a guest speaker at the Unity Worship Service on October 6, 2013 at 10am

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    Rev. Dr. Valerie Bridgeman is the Founder and President of WomanPreach!, Inc., the premiere non-profit organization that brings preachers into full prophetic voice around issues of equity and justice both in the pulpit and in the public arena. Our mission is to produce a network of preaching women and men who will use their voice in service to the gospel of Jesus Christ, especially as it relates to Womanist/Feminist concerns of equity and justice.

    Dr. Bridgeman is a graduate of Trinity University with a double major in Communication and Religion. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where she won the Charles L. King Excellence in Preaching Award for graduating seniors. She pursued further studies at Baylor University, receiving a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biblical Studies with a concentration in Hebrew Bible.

    A preacher and teacher of preaching and biblical interpretation, Dr. Bridgeman is currently the Visiting Associate Professor of Homiletics and Hebrew Bible at Methodist Theological School (MTSO) in Ohio. She has taught graduate courses at several prestigious seminaries, including Brite Divinity School, Wesley Theological Seminary, New York Theological Seminary, and Memphis Theological Seminary. Prior to her appointment at MTSO, she was a tenured Associate Professor at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania.

    Dr. Bridgeman has also authored and contributed to numerous books, including "Those Preaching Women: A Multicultural Collection" with Rev. Dr. Ella Pearson Mitchell; "The Audacity of Faith: Christian Leaders Reflect on the Election of Barack Obama" by Dr. Marvin McMickle; and her own collection of poetry entitled, "In Search of Warriors: Dark and Strong and Other Poems". Her forthcoming work from Westminister/John Knox Press is entitled, "From God and a Woman: Womanist Hermeneutic for Biblical Interpretation".

    Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., better known by his stage name, Common, is a hip hop recording artist and actor from Chicago. His first grammy was awarded in 2003. Common wrote the song, Glory for the new movie, Selma. 

    Common will speak on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm as part of the 2015 African American Speaking Series.

    Reverend Dr. Marcus D. Cosby serves as the Senior Pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He holds the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and English from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee; the Master of Divinity Degree in Homiletics and Christian Education from Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia; and the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Homiletics from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary of the Associated Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS).


    Dr. Cosby is as a member of the Board of the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference; the African American Pulpit, a scholarly journal that highlights the preaching prowess of African-American preachers across the country; the Home Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. and the Houston Area Urban League. He has served on the Board of Directors of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, the Texas Commission for Community Service and Volunteerism, and as an Advisory Board Member of The Gardner C. Taylor Preaching Archives and Listening Room in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and the NAACP.

    Among the gifts and talents with which God has blessed Pastor Cosby, none are more meaningful to him than preaching and teaching. He has been blessed to carry his ministry across the country and seeks to uplift all humanity through the life-changing, uncompromising Word of God.

    Dr. Cosby is married to his high school sweetheart, Mrs. Audrey Marie Cosby, and they have been blessed with three beautiful daughters, Adrienne Marie, Ashley Marie and Aliyah Marie and two sons, Marcus D., II and Matthew D. Cosby.

     

    Reverend (Lt. Col.) Antonio R. Daggett, Sr., Senior Army Instructor at Manual Academy High School. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he is the father of ten(10) children and husband of Mrs. Veda Daggett. Rev. Daggett graduated from DePaul University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and received his Master Degree from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. He is a commissioned United States Army Chaplain (pastor) currently holding the rank of Major, and in August of 2002 graduated from the Command and General Staff College of the Army.

     

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    Rev. Martin L. Espinosa is Executive Pastor and Founder of Ray of Hope Community Church in Nashville, TN.

    ...Pastor Espinosa was born on the Caribbean twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago where he received his early education in the Catholic school system. Rev. Espinosa accepted Christ as his personal Savior at the age of thirteen (July 27, 1977) during an Inter-School Christian Fellowship Bible Camp. He was later baptized at Mt. Pleasant Independent Baptist Church (February 26, 1984). Rev. Espinosa was ordained by the Bethel Baptist Church in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on May 27, 1988, under the pastorate of Reverend Dr. Bentley Thomas. ​

    Pastor Espinosa is married to Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems (writer, biblical scholar, and national speaker). The couple has facilitated marriage and family workshops across the country, which are aimed at building and strengthening the Black family and protecting the future of Black children. Rev. Espinosa and his wife are the blessed parents of one daughter, Savannah Nia.

     

    Reverend Sheleta E. Fomby is the Minister of Church Life and Minister to Women at the North Campus of Reid Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church. As Minister of Church Life, Rev. Fomby, is charged with program creation, small group development, and pastoral care for the North Campus. In addition, Rev. Fomby has a heart for seeing women reach their full potential in Christ. In her role as Minister to Women she develops programs, events, activities, hosts conferences, and leads studies and seminars with the goal of helping women reach the fulfillment of becoming the women that are walking fully empowered in the vision that God has for them.



    Rev. Fomby received ordination as Itinerant Deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in April 2007 and Itinerant Elder orders in April 2009. Rev. Fomby is a gifted preacher and teacher. She has been recognized as one of the emerging voices of this generation. Rev. Fomby has been privileged to proclaim the Gospel in churches, retreats, and conferences across the nation. In addition, Rev. Fomby was recognized by The African American Pulpit Journal as one of the "20 to Watch Under 40" in their Summer 2008 issue and has had sermons published in that publication. In addition, Rev. Fomby's sermons have been included in These Sisters Can Say It, edited by Darryl Sims and Dr. Cynthia Hale.
    Rev. Fomby is fully prepared in both head and heart. She is a product of the public schools of Prince Georges County Maryland. After decorated service in the United States Air Force, Rev. Fomby received a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources from the University of Maryland. She then completed her Master of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary with a focus on African American Church Studies. Additionally, she has studied at the Faith and Leadership Institute at Duke University. Rev. Fomby, is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Wesley Theological Seminary focusing on leadership.
    Rev. Fomby firmly believes that she has come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord. It is not clear all that God will do through her, but she is certainly a voice for such a time as this. She is encouraged daily by Philippians 1:6, "…being confident of this very thing that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."

     

    Award-Winning Columnist, Author, Journalist and Professor, Fountain writes weekly for the Chicago Sun-Times. Fountain has been a reporter at some of the nation's top newspapers. Formerly a national correspondent with the New York Times, he has been a staff reporter at the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune. He is a professor at Roosevelt University and formerly a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Dick Gregory is a comedian, social activist, critic and writer. He is an influential comedian who has used his performance skills to convey his message on civil rights. Gregory was and still is very active in the Civil Right Movement. 

    Dick Gregory will speak on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 7:30 pm as part of the 2015 African American Speaking Series. 

    Rickey Harris, PhD Director of Student Life at Wolcott School, will be the guest speaker at our Education Sunday Service on September, 25, 2016

    Frederick Douglass Haynes, III, is a prophetic pastor, passionate leader, social activist, and eloquent orator and educator engaged in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, fighting against racial injustice; committed to economic justice and empowerment in under-served communities and touching and transforming the lives of the disenfranchised. For 31 years, Dr. Haynes has served as a visionary and innovative senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. Under his servant leadership, the ministry and membership have grown from less than 100 members in 1983 to over 12,000.


    Read The full biography at http://friendshipwest.org/main/about-fwbc/our-pastor/

    African American Speaking Series - Friday, February 21, 2014, 7:30 pm

    A longtime civil rights activist and organizer, a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He played a leading role in early organizing of the Selma, Alabama, voting rights campaign. He cofounded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He was named National Coordinator of the Poor Peoples’ Campaign by Dr. King.

    Harry Lennix is an actor. He is best known for his roles Terrence in the film, The Five Heartbeats. Lennix was born in Chicago. He attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary South and Northwestern University. Also starring in The Matrix, Ray and Blacklist. \

    Harry Lennix is our guest speaker for our 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at the 11:15am service.

    African American Speaking Series - Friday, March 21, 2014, 7:30 pm

    A minister in the United Methodist Church and leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He later became the third president of the South Christian Leadership Conference after Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 2009, Rev. Lowery received a Presidential Medal of Freedom Award by President Barack Obama.

    Since 1983, Kimberly Lymore has been a member of The Faith Community of St. Sabina, which is known for its dynamic worship and social activism.  In 2000, Kimberly decided to leave Corporate America and pursue full-time ministry.  On September 1, 2000 she became the full-time Pastoral Associate at The Faith Community of St. Sabina. She is also team leader for the Worship & Praise Ministry (formerly, Liturgy Committee) and Eucharistic Ministers. Kimberly is also on the preaching staff for the 8:30 service. Kimberly is responsible for all the sacramental preparation of Sunday School children and Adults and all technology for the church. She is involved in several women’s ministries, National Consortium of Black Women in Ministry and Women in Urban Ministry.  Kimberly received her Masters in Divinity with a concentration in Word and Worship in June of 2003 from Catholic Theological Union. In May of 2009 she received her Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Theological Union. Her thesis article was titled, “God Doesn’t Tilt: Making the Connection Between Worship and Justice.”

    Father Thulani D. Magwaza is Pastor of the Faith Community of Saint Sabina Church

    LIVE it, DO it, SHARE it, TEACH it, and BE it - For "Worship is A Lifestyle!"

    Often referred to as "The First Lady of Praise and Worship," Judith McAllister is probably best known for her impact as one of the forerunners of the Praise and Worship movement in the African American Church. Having served for 17 years as Worship Leader at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ (Pastor – Chief Apostle of the COGIC International, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.), and 13 years as the church's Executive Director of the Music and Worship Arts Department, she developed a style and approach to Praise & Worship earning her accolades from coast to coast.

    A Wife, Mother, Author, prolific Bible Teacher, Prophetic Psalmist and a Grammy Award Nominee for a recording she initiated and co-produced, the West Angeles Mass Choir Project - "No Limit", she is also CEO of three entities, which enable her to mentor, train and empower the next generation in the ministry of music. Judah Music Group LLC, serves as the springboard for her recordings – "Send Judah First", "Raise the Praise", "In His Presence" and "Sound The Trumpet." Inheritance of Judah Ministries and Never Ending Worship (N.E.W.) Enterprises LLC, provide the foundation for all of her workshops, seminars, ministry services and products.

    Read More at http://www.neverendingworship.com/Dr._Judith_McAllister/

    Dr. Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr. is Senior Pastor of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church.  Since his return to the Bethel Church in 1995, the ministry has grown to over 9,000 disciples, almost tripling in size.  Dr. McKissick and his father, Dr. Rudolph McKissick, Sr. have developed a model ministry for partnering in the pastorate, as they both share as Senior Pastors of this the oldest Baptist church in the state of Florida.  Under this leadership, the church has continued to stay on the cutting edge of Kingdom ministry while maintaining the traditions that have made this ministry what it has been through the annals of time.


    Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Sunday, January 17, 2015 11:15 am

    Rev. Otis Moss, Jr. is a theologian, pastor and Civil Rights leader. He is one of America’s most influential religious leaders. He was a cabinet member to Rev. King, Jr., and co-pastor with Rev King, Sr. (Daddy King) at Ebenezer Baptist Church. He was senior pastor of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the father of Otis Moss, III, pastor at TUCC.

    Dr. Nicholas Pearce is Assistant Minister of the historic Apostolic Church of God in Christ in Chicago, Dr. Byron T. Brazier, Pastor. 

    Dr. Pearce was the guest speaker at St. Sabina's Annual Education Sunday Service on September 29, 2013 at 11:15am

    Rev. Michael L. Pfleger is the Senior Pastor of The Faith Community of Saint Sabina Roman Catholic Church in Chicago, IL

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  • Saturday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sunday: The office is closed. Church Sanctuary opens for worship an hour before the 1st service.

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1st Sunday of every month - 10 am Unity Service

  • 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Sunday of every month
  • 8:30 am - Sunday
  • 11:15 am - Sunday
  • 5 pm - Saturday
  • Tuesday - Bible Study at 7 pm*
  • Wednesday - Bible Study at 9 am*
  • Friday (July - September) at 7 pm - Neighborhood Peace Marches begin with prayer on the steps

*Bible study schedules vary with seasons and holidays

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