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Hosting PNBC MWR...

"Calling in the Key of She..."

Friday, July 21st - 22nd, 2017, the Board of Equity for Women in the Church and Memphis Theological Seminary partnered to present, "Calling in the Key of She." The conference was designed to provide training and tools to participants to help nurture and build "female friendly" environments in churches, communities and across the world.  Presentations were given that explored theological and historical factors that have impacted the way women are viewed and treated.  The visionary for this powerful conference, Rev. Andrea Clark Chambers gave an opening presentation on the power of language and imagery as vehicles of oppression or empowerment.  Pastor Chris served as one of the presenters, discussing the topic, "Women and the Bible."  Dr. Gina Stewart, Senior Pastor of Christ Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis, TN, electrified the participants as she gave her personal testimony and journey towards becoming licensed, ordained and ultimately installed as pastor of a prominent, African American Baptist Church...

Rev. Sheila Sholes Ross and Dr. Jann Aldredge-Clanton, Co-Chairs, Equity for Women in the Church, Rev. Andrea Clark Chambers, Project Leader, "Calling in the Key of She," Equity Board Member, Dr. Courtney Pace, Equity Board Member, Conference Presenter and Collaboration Liaison, Memphis Theological Seminary, Pastor Chris Smith, Equity Board Member and Conference Presenter.

April 17th - 21st, 2017, Pastor Chris served as Host Pastor for the Progressive National Baptist Convention Midwest Region.  What a glorious time we had in fellowship, Christian Education, local mission outreach and prayer.  Pastor Chris was blessed to teach a class during the week, "Women in Ministry Moving Beyond the Stained Glass Ceiling." Also pictured are delegates, ministers and friends who participated in the PNBC MWR Women's Luncheon and worship. Read more on Covenant's website at

Cleveland Baptist Association (CBA) Urban Ministries Conference: "Understanding the Times...

"Sister Preachers" signing books, fellowshipping and enjoying our time together at the CBA Urban Ministries Conference, "Understanding the Times," May 3rd - 6th in Independence, Ohio (Pictured with Rev. Dr. Pat Hernandez, Rev. Dr. Marie Onwuaburiri, Rev. Courtney Jenkins, Minister Kathy Johnson, Rev. Ebony Grisom and other delegates)

Pictured below to the right with  two BEAUTIFUL young ministers, Anthony Murray and Alissa Snoddy as they prepared to preach and Minister through the "Spoken Word" (now referring to gospel poetry and rap). I served as one of several "coaches" designated to provide helpful feedback. Also pictured is Rev. Rhonda Lawrence (far right at podium, Associate Minister, Covenant Baptist Church) and the other "Emerging Preachers," during the CBA Urban Ministries Conference, "Understanding the Times..."

Incredible message given by Dr. Valerie Bridgeman expanding upon 1 Chronicles 12:32, "Understanding the times..." Took us a few verses back and a few verses ahead to further open our understanding of our need to be willing to fight for the rights and freedom of all. She gave testimonies from the Black Lives Matter Movement, her involvement in that work and the Church's need to "eat and drink with sinners!"

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