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ERLC Adds New Speakers for 2015 Leadership Summit on ‘The Gospel and Racial Reconciliation&#82

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NASHVILLE Tenn., Jan. 21, 2015The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, has added new speakers to join its second annual Leadership Summit on The Gospel and Racial Reconciliation March 26-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

New confirmed speakers include: Trip Lee, Thabiti Anyabwile, Derwin Gary, K. Marshall Williams and Frank Page.

In light of the national conversation about race in America surrounding the “Ferguson, Mo.”: and “Eric Garner”: cases, the ERLC Summit will seek to equip Christians to apply the gospel on these issues with convictional kindness in their communities, their families and their churches.

An updated list of confirmed Summit speakers include:

“Trip Lee”:, Hip-hop artist, Author of The Good Life and Founder of Built to Brag in Atlanta, Ga.

“Tony Evans”:, Senior Pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas

“Derwin L. Gray”:, Pastor of Transformation Church in Indian Land, S.C.

“K. Marshall Williams Sr.”:, President of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention and Pastor at Nazarene Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pa.

“Thabiti Anyabwile”:, Assistant Pastor for Church Planting at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.

“Russell Moore”:, ERLC President

“John Perkins”:, President of the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation in Jackson, Miss.

“Fred Luter”:, First African-American President of the Southern Baptist Convention and Pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, La.

“Frank S. Page”:, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tenn.

“H.B. Charles Jr.”:, Pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla.

“Robert P. George”:, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University in Princeton, N.J.

“Daniel L. Akin”:, President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C.

“D.A. Horton”:, National Coordinator for Urban Student Missions at the North American Mission Board

“Dhati Lewis”:, Lead Pastor at Blueprint Church in Atlanta, Ga.

“Jim Richards”:, Executive Director of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention in Grapevine, Texas

“Trillia Newbell”:, ERLCs Consultant for Womens Initiatives

“David Prince”:, Pastor of Preaching and Vision at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Lexington, Ky.

“Juan Sanchez”:, Preaching Pastor at High Point Baptist Church in Austin, Texas

“Kevin Smith”:, Assistant Professor of Preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

“Josh Smith”:, Lead Pastor of MacArthur Boulevard Baptist Church in Irving, Texas

The 2015 Leadership Summit will take place 20 years after the SBCs historic “resolution”: on racial reconciliation and on the week of the 50th anniversary of The Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March.

Keynote addresses, panels and breakout sessions will focus on how churches can reflect the united kingdom of Christ and be a beacon of hope, clarity and restoration to a culture navigating complex questions about race.

The New Testament is clear that the gospel reconciles us not only to God but also to each other, Moore said. Racism and injustice are not just social ills; they are sins against God. Racial reconciliation is a matter of what gospel we believe and to what mission we’ve been called. This summit will help equip us to tear down carnal divisions, to bring about peace, so that churches reflect the kingdom of God.

The main sessions will be live-streamed on Follow the conversation on Twitter by following @ERLC and #erlcsummit.

More information can be found “online”:

The Southern Baptist Convention is Americas largest Protestant denomination with more than 15.8 million members in over 46,000 churches nationwide. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBCs ethics, religious liberty and public policy agency with offices in Nashville, Tenn., and Washington, D.C.

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