Hip-hop Artist by the name of Sho Baraka. He is a graduate from University of North Texas and serves in Denton, TX with Lifeline Church and its college ministry, Plumbline.
Founding editor of Urban Faith, The Magazine, author, holds a BA from Morehouse College, a JD from Howard University School of Law, and an Mdiv from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is also the Associate Director of Adult Media Content at Urban Ministries, Inc., a Christian Education content provider dedicated to providing quality material to churches worldwide.
Jonathan Brooks (@PastahJ)
Senior Pastor at Canaan Community Church in Englewood and has taught elementary education and arts in inner city Chicago for over a decade. Though various partnerships, Canaan Community Redevelopment Corporation (CCRC) was developed to provide youth development, holistic health options, college scholarships, music lessons and continual support to families of incarcerated males living in Englewood and other Chicago communities.
Joseph Dicks (@NotTheAvgJo)
Graduate of the University of Kentucky and is currently pursuing his Master of Divinity at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He also serves as a full-time staff member at Southern, as an admissions counselor for graduate and doctoral students.
His ministry involvement currently includes serving as a high school chaplain for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, teacher and preacher for the Federal Bureau of Prisons – Lexington, speaker at Louisville Rescue Mission Men’s shelter, and Church Under the Bridge Homeless ministry.
Joseph Solomon (@WhatIsJoeDoing)
Creator of YouTube channel, chaseGodtv, which has attracted millions of views on videos addressing Christian doctrine and application for youth and young adults. He travels the country speaking on topics featured on chaseGodtv, as well as performing poetry and music.
Gospel rapper from Saint Louis, MO and President of Lamp Mode Recordings. Json uses the art form of rap set to a beat to relay the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
K.A. Ellis (@K_A_Ellis)
Wife to Carl Ellis, speaker, teacher, author, and international performer in radio, television, film, and on Broadway National Tours, as well as in the rural areas of developing countries. K.A. holds a Master of Fine Art from Yale University, Master of Art in Religion in Systematic Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary. She is PhD candidate at Oxford Center for Mission Studies.
Raised in East St. Louis, Illinois, but spent most of his life in Houston, Texas. Most recently, he served on the pastoral staff at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for 7 years before being commissioned by God through the elders of Bethlehem to preach the gospel to the precious people of East St. Louis. Kempton’s prayer and hope is that the Lord would establish a joyful, loving, Christ-magnifying local church in his hometown.
Kristie Anyabwile (@kanyabwile)
Writer who has contributed to Word-Filled Women's Ministry and the ESV Women's Devotional Bible. She joyfully supports her husband of 24 years, Thabiti Anyabwile, as he pastors Anacostia River Church in Washington, DC.
Melody Fabien (@MelodyFabien)
Travels the U.S. speaking and teaching about life, love, sex and relationship; especially the benefits of waiting to have sex until marriage. Melody is very passionate about connecting women to God and connecting them to each other. She has a heart to see young women set free, living set-apart and victorious lives, both physically and spiritually.
Miguel Davilla (@madavilla)
Lead pastor of Hampton Roads Fellowship, a church plant serving both the urban and military community in Hampton Roads, VA. He is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL. Miguel has a passion to see the gap bridged between solid theological truth and the urban community.
Natalie Lauren (@msnatalielauren)
Devoted her life to expression through art. Her canvas includes helping pen Grammy Award-winning albums and platinum-selling records for Lecrae and Iggy Azalea, as well as lending her ear, voice, and pen to several highly-acclaimed CHH albums. Natalie believes art is only an outward expression of an inward hope and truth more lasting and glorious than she could ever truly reflect with mere brushstrokes and lyrics.
Phillip Holmes (@PhillipMHolmes)
Phillip Holmes is a writer and itinerant speaker. He is staff writer and strategist at desiringGod.org and the co-founder of the Reformed African American Network. He has been a featured writer on Wade-O Radio, The Gospel Coalition, and Urban Faith. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife Jasmine.
Preston Perry (@Preston-n-Perry)
Follower of Christ, Poet, Husband. He is known for his previous work with P4CM, Spoken Life Project, and his vlogs on YouTube. He hopes to live a life worthy and is passionate about spoken word poetry, discipleship, urban ministry, and teaching.
Rich Perez (@RichPerez729)
Planted Christ Crucified Fellowship to display the goodness and peace of God in Uptown NYC. Jesus and his work are the heartbeat of him and the congregation alike.
In an effort to collide the stories of God and his community, Rich has founded Mi Casa Uptown. MCU is an evolving website platform with a collection of writings, stories, visuals and music telling the stories of people with the hope to see God. Rich attended Elim Bible institute and trained in Biblical and Theological studies.
Founder and Executive Director of Eikon Ministries. Soup met the beautiful Linda in 1982 at Memphis State. They have been married for 27 years and have four children: Antonio, LaSaundra, Jonathan, and Tabitha, a daughter-in-law Janis, and 2 grandkids, Kezia and Keundra. They presently reside in the Binghampton community of Memphis.
Shai Linne (@ShaiLinne)
Recording artist with Lamp Mode Recordings, an independent Christian hip-hop record label whose mission is to highlight the character of God while presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ and a biblical worldview through hip-hop culture.
Soong-Chan received his bachelor’s in political science and history/sociology from Columbia University; his Master of Divinity degree from GCTS; his Master of Theology degree from Harvard University; and his Doctor of Ministry degree from GCTS. He’s currently in the doctor of theology program at Duke University.
Thabiti Anyabwile (@ThabitiAnyabwil)
Pastor of Anacostia River Church, in southeast Washington, D.C. Thabiti also blogs regularly at TheFrontPorch.org, a website dedicated to “conversations about biblical faithfulness in African-American churches and beyond” and at his personal blog, Pure Church. He serves as a Council member with The Gospel Coalition and on the steering committee for CROSS, a conference designed to motivate college students to take the gospel to the unreached, unengaged peoples of the world.
Thabiti holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in psychology from North Carolina State University. His books include: The Gospel for Muslims, The Life of God in the Soul of the Church, The Decline of African-American Theology, The Faithful Preacher, and What Is a Healthy Church Member?
The Ambassador (@ambassador215)
Most noted for his role as co-founder and primary spokesperson for the nationally acclaimed Christian rap group, The Cross Movement; as well as for his solo Christian rap career as The Ambassador. As an urban practitioner of over two decades, spending most of his time in the city of Philadelphia, Duce has served the cause of Christ through rapping, speaking, mentoring, consulting, and church planting. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Bible from Lancaster Bible College as well as a Masters degree in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS).
His mantra—let his biblical knowledge meet real people in their current realities. Having been featured on several albums since his national debut including features with Lecrae’s Gravity and Flame’s Captured, Thi’sl recently released his new album Free from The Trap. Driven by his mom’s words, “While people are sleeping, I’m working,” Thi’sl is dedicated to making the most of his platform and changing the world.
Ultimately, Thi’sl stands as a voice crying out to people across the globe no matter what background telling them, “There is hope in Jesus. No matter how messed up you are, where you are, or how many people have told you that you will fail. There is hope! I found that hope in Jesus.”
Tommy "Urban D" Kyllonen (@urband813)
Lead pastor for over 12 years at Crossover Church in Tampa, Florida (www.crossoverchurch.org). Urban D. is an internationally known hip-hop artist that has released 8 full length albums and several remix projects (www.urband.org). He is the author of “Un.orthodox” (Zondervan) and “ReBuild - Reset your life, Renew Your Church, Reshape Your World” (InterVarsity Press).
Tommy is also the founder of the Flavor Fest Urban Leadership Conference (www.flavorfest.org ) which is in it’s 16th year and has trained over 5,000 leaders since it’s inception. He also founded the Urban Coaching Network, where he has trained over 60 urban church planters.
Graduated from the Master’s Seminary in 2004 and received a Master’s of Divinity Degree. Shortly thereafter, the Lord blessed him to become Associate Pastor at the Los Angeles Community Bible Church (LACBC) while also serving as a Bible instructor at the Los Angeles Bible Training School (LABTS). He served in these two positions for 6 years. He currently pastors Main Street Baptist Church.
Walter Strickland (@W_Strickland)
Special Advisor the President for Diversity and Instructor of Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Walter’s passion is for people from every culture to fully embody the gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives. Walter holds a BA from Cedarville University, an MDiv and ThM from Southeastern Seminary, and is pursuing a PhD in theology from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.
Began the Wade-O Radio Show Podcast which has been downloaded over 1 Million times and is currently syndicated on 8 radio stations world-wide.
Through this platform, Wade has had the opportunity to interview people such as Al Sharpton, Kirk Franklin, Lecrae, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Da’ T.R.U.T.H., Allan Houston and ESPN’s Chris Broussard. The Wade-O Radio Show was also nominated for a Stellar Award at the 2013 Stellar Awards.