Megachurch pastor Tony Evans and hip-hop artist Trip Lee are among additional speakers for a racial reconciliation summit sponsored by the Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity.
“The Gospel and Racial Reconciliation” will be the theme of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s second Leadership Summit, March 26-27 in Nashville.
The ERLC announced in December it was changing the theme of its 2015 summit from pro-life ethics to racial reconciliation in the wake of grand jury decisions in the police killings of black men that provoked widespread protests and a nationwide discussion. The shift in plans followed refusals by grand juries in St. Louis County and New York City to indict police in the high-profile deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
Evans is senior pastor of Dallas’ Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, where he has served for nearly 40 years since founding the church. He is the author of several books and the president of the national ministry The Urban Alternative.
Lee has recorded five rap albums, including his latest, “Rise,” which quickly reached No. 1 on the iTunes list upon its release in October. He is the author of two books and has served as a pastoral assistant and elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.
Other African American leaders named Jan. 21 as additional speakers for the summit are:
— K. Marshall Williams, president of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention and senior pastor of Nazarene Baptist Church in Philadelphia.
— Thabiti Anyabwile, church planting pastor of Anacostia River Church in Washington, D.C., and an author and popular blogger.
— Derwin Gray, founding and lead pastor of Transformation Church, with campuses in Indian Land and Rock Hill, S.C.
— Dhati Lewis, founding and lead pastor of Blueprint Church in Atlanta.
Other newly named speakers are:
— Frank S. Page, president of the Southern Baptist Executive Committee.
— Jim Richards, executive director of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.
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SOURCE: Baptist Press