Community Development & Christian Education Conferences

Nashville, TN | October 10

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Urban Outreach has reviewed many models around the country to bring the best experiences of the Black church to the rest of the church.

Housing, business development, resources for youth and many other community building projects have been identified and will be showcased in this conference in “TED Talk” type presentations. Additional sessions will showcase successful models in entrepreneurship and other community services, including large and small markets as well as larger and smaller churches.

Come out and learn how to start or advance your community development projects. Experts from around the country will share the purpose, ministry, and real life experiences of shaping and investing in your community.

Location

Belmont University
First Lecture Hall
1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212
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SPEAKER LINEUP

Dr. Stanley Long

Dr. Stanley Long

Chairman
Urban Outreach Foundation
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Dr. Stanley Long

Chairman, Urban Outreach Foundation

Stanley Long is Pastor Emeritus of South Bay Community Church of Fremont CA, which he founded in 1985. After retiring as lead pastor of SBCC, Dr. Long has continued to serve on a variety of boards and to develop his consulting business, pastoral coaching, and leadership training both in the United States and abroad. Prior to planting SBCC, Mr. Long served as President of Fellowship Urban Outreach a San Francisco based organization that consisted of a community outreach program, Little Friends pre-school and Fellowship Academy an elementary school of over 200 students.

Dr. Long has also served as lead pastor for three churches in Camden, New Jersey, Mahwah, New Jersey and Ridgewood, New Jersey. He has taught at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, at Nyack College in Nyack, New York, and Patton College in Oakland, California.

Dr. Long has served on several boards including the National Black Evangelical Association, Board of Trustees of Fuller Theological Seminary, the Evangelicals for Financial Accountability, the Editorial Board for the Leadership Journal, the Tri-City homeless Coalition, the Executive board for the Evangelical Covenant Church, the Evangelical Training Association, the PETNA Foundation, and Urban Ministries, Incorporated.

Dr. Long earned his undergraduate degree (BS) at Nyack College, an MBA at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford, New Jersey in 1977, an MA in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree from his alma mater Nyack College in 1983.

Dr. Long is married to Ruby Pitts of Bridgeton, New Jersey. He is the proud father of three children, grandfather of five boys and the great-grandfather of one beautiful daughter.

Rev. James King

Rev. James King

Chief Innovation Officer
Urban Ministries, Inc.
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Rev. James King

Chief Innovation Officer, Urban Ministries, Inc.

A proven, visionary leader with executive-level expertise in faith-based educational operations and project management. Recognized skills in multimedia and video content production, cost-benefit analysis, and organizational administration, as well as educational curriculum development for youth and adults.

Born into a career US Air Force family, James has enjoyed the benefits of traveling the country and experiencing the richness and diversity that America. It was at his family’s last tour of duty in Anchorage, Alaska that James was exposed to his first leadership opportunity in Youth Ministry at his home church. That experience has shaped a ministry career of 20+ years dedicated to sharing the Gospel message with Young Adults.

While in Seminary James served as the first youth pastor at St. Stephen Baptist Church and Urban Ministry Director for Young Life Kentuckiana (Louisville, Kentucky and Jeffersonville, Indiana regions) growing the largest Young Life Urban Club in the state of Kentucky and consistently participated in Young Life’s regional camp Windy Gap in Ashville, North Carolina.

James’ mission to explore new and innovative methods to reach youth who were far from God led him to Chicago’s South Suburbs. At New Faith Baptist Church James built a comprehensive Student ministry and model that has been replicated in several churches across the country. A significant component of that ministry model was the camping/retreat opportunity. In 2003 this passion for camping was embodied as James took on the Executive Leadership and Camp Directorship of Circle Y Ranch in Bangor, Michigan. Under his leadership, many upgrades, renovations, and additions were added to the camp facility.

On Easter of 2018, The Emmaus Community celebrated its 11-year anniversary. What makes this event most significant is that The Emmaus Community is the church that James envisioned and planted that is designed for people who did not like or want to go to church.

Currently James is the Chief Innovation Officer at Urban Ministries, Inc. In this role he is responsible for building and managing relationships with within the company’s key teams and develops strategies and plans for strategic business alliances. This includes company-wide digital communications and product development and integration as well as the Sr. Pastor of United Christian Church in Country Club Hills, Illinois.

Rev. Jerald January

Rev. Jerald January

Senior Pastor
Vernon Park Church of God
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Rev. Jerald January, Sr.

Senior Pastor, Vernon Park Church of God

Jerald January, Sr. is the Pastor of Possibilities ™, known for inspiring hope and vision in God’s people. He serves as the Senior Pastor of Vernon Park Church of God in Lynwood, Illinois and is the Visionary of Vernon Park Village. VP Village is destined to become an expanded church campus that encompasses, an independent senior living facility, sports center as well as retail vendors. The campus is centrally and intentionally positioned to broaden the reach of the church, in order to care and support the community.

He is also the President of Jerald January Ministries, which includes preaching, teaching and leading church as well as facilitating community development programs designed to educate, engage and entertain. The infamous Urban Block Party is one of the projects he spearheaded as part of a nationwide campaign for community outreach.

Pastor J is an author of several books and the Founder and CEO of Cool Springs Publishing, Inc. His titles include “A Messed Up Ride Or A Dressed Up Walk,” “A Second Time,” “Life Advance Curriculum” volumes 1 & 2 and most recently “The Joshua Process” scheduled for release this winter.

Having entered the Ministry in 1976, Pastor J has served people for over 40 years. He served the USA Director of Compassion International for 4 years, responsible for leading Ministry efforts to thousands of children and youth in Urban and Rural areas to include New Mexico. For several years he shared the gospel to those in bondage as counselor to inmates in the Cook County jail system in Chicago, IL and he spent 18 years working with Inner-City Youth and Community Ministries in both Chicago and Denver.

Rev. January is an outside the box Pastor/Teacher. His ability to share profound subjects in a simplistic fashion has made him a highly requested motivational and ministry speaker. Having been raised in Detroit, deposited into him a determination to help the defeated. Chicago and Colorado cultivated his confidence in ownership…believing God’s people must OWN themselves in order to be utilized without restraint in service to humanity. He is the proud father of five children and resides in the south suburbs of Chicago with his wife Maura.

Rev. Jeffrey Wright

Rev. Jeffrey Wright

Chief Executive Officer
Urban Ministries, Inc.
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Rev. Jeffrey Wright

Chief Executive Officer, Urban Ministries, Inc.

Reverend Jeffrey Wright has been active in ministry for over 25 years. He has served several congregations as associate pastor, director of Christian Education, adult Bible study teacher, Vacation Bible School director and in various teaching and administrative roles. His preaching and teaching engagements have included numerous national and international conferences and conventions and he has provided consulting to several national ministries.

Jeff joined UMI in 1994 after a career that included working for Johnson & Johnson, where he was a winner of the Johnson & Johnson Leadership Award and Bristol Myers Squibb. Jeff’s educational background includes prep school education at St. Albans School (The National Cathedral School for Boys) in his hometown of Washington, D.C., and a B.A. degree with honors from Fisk University. He earned his Juris Doctorate (JD) from Georgetown University Law School and was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. He earned an MBA in Finance and International Business from Columbia University Graduate School of Business in New York and completed additional study at the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and Harvard Law School.

Jeff is the author of the book and media literacy Bible study guide God’s Vision or Television: How Television Influences What We Believe and is also a contributing author to the book Nonprofit Leadership in a For-Profit World. He has four children and is married to Lakita Garth Wright.

Genora Boykins, J.D.

Genora Boykins, J.D.

Corporate Counsel
NRG Energy, Inc.
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Genora Boykins, J.D.

Corporate Counsel, NRG Energy, Inc.

Genora Kendrick Boykins is Assistant Regional General Counsel with NRG Energy, Inc. She is a native of Prairie View, Texas. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in English from Spelman College and has a Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law.

Genora is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Bar Association, and Houston Lawyers Association, and has actively supported Texas State Bar activities during her legal career. Genora is also active in leadership roles in the community. She has served as President and Board Chair of Pyramid Community Development Corporation (CDC) since its creation by Founder Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell in 1992. Under Genora’s leadership, Pyramid CDC developed, owns and operates The Power Center and Pyramid Residential Community Corporation developed Corinthian Pointe with 462 low to moderate income affordable homes completed in 2007. This residential project was the first and largest development of its kind by a non-profit minority developer and has been recognized within the City of Houston as well as nationally. Corinthian Pointe is a part of Pointe 235, a master-planned community where the Kingdom Builders Center is located along with the Jean Hines Caldwell Elementary school, a YMCA, Corinthian Pointe Commercial Park, Corinthian Village Independent Living Facility, and Texas Children’s Pediatric practice. Genora is also member of the Board of Directors of South Texas College of Law Houston, Board Member for the Houston Downtown Management District, Board Trustee for The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, Advisory Board Member for Dress For Success Houston, a Senior Fellow in American Leadership Forum, Class XXXII, a 2005 recipient of the Texas Executive Women organization’s Women on the Move Award and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

In additional Genora is co-owner of La Maison in Midtown, an urban bed and breakfast developed in 2010, to provide travelers with a unique experience and a wonderful “escape in the city.” Genora is married to her husband of 28 years, Houston City Councilmember Dwight Boykins, and they are active members of Windsor Village United Methodist Church.

Lula Ballton, J.D.

Lula Ballton, J.D.

Director of Community & Economic Development
Church of God in Christ International
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Lula Bailey Ballton

Director of Community & Economic Development, Church of God in Christ International

Lula Bailey Ballton is Director of Community and Economic Development for the Church of God in Christ International. Dr. Ballton also assists faith-based institutions, churches, CDCs and non-profits identify and leverage their assets to create wealth for their communities through her independent consultancy firm, Lula Ballton and Associates. She is CEO Emeritus where she was a founder and the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the West Angeles Community Development Corporation (CDC), a non-profit, community-based Development Corporation that operates within the greater ministry of West Angeles Church of God in Christ, under the pastorate of Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

As Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Ballton led the West Angeles CDC to receive numerous awards for cutting-edge programs: a Best Practices Award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for its signature affordable housing project, West A Homes; a Presidential Commendation for its dispute resolution programs; and state, county, and city-wide recognition for its social service, housing and economic development programs. She served as a Commissioner for the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council.

Lula Ballton’s commitment to education and advocacy for the poor and the oppressed began at the feet of her Christian family as a child. She participated in the famed “March on Washington” with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as a teenager. After graduating with honors from Central High School in Springfield, Missouri, she attended California State University at Los Angeles, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication.  After completing undergraduate studies, she was admitted to the prestigious Graduate School of Speech at Northwestern University, where she received a Master of Arts in Communications. With solid academic preparation, Dr. Ballton embarked on a very successful career as an educator, and, over the next 14 years, held positions as a professor and/or administrator at Delaware State University, the City Colleges of Chicago, Los Angeles City College, El Camino College and Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Ballton also served as Director of Education for the Chicago Urban League, where she developed policy, programs, and constituency. She founded the League’s Whitney M. Young Scholarship and the Edwin Berry Loan Fund.

Dr. Ballton returned to academia as a student, in 1987, and earned a Juris Doctorate in 1990 from UCLA School of Law. She practiced law at the California State Department of Justice; Civil Rights Division, and Bryan, Cave, McPheeters and McRoberts, a large corporate firm. From there, she entered full-time ministry at the Union Rescue Mission. She is a 1999 Graduate of Harvard Divinity School Summer Leadership Institute (SLI); and, now, has been both a Harvard Divinity School SLI lecturer and advisory board member. Currently, she is a public arbitrator on the neutral roster of NASD Dispute Resolution. Further, she is currently a teacher-mentor at the University of Southern California (USC) in the School of Religion and Civic Culture “Cecil Murray Passing the Mantle” program. Dr. Ballton continues to be active in civil rights, and is or was a member of numerous civic and professional organizations:  a few include Harvard Divinity School, Leadership Council; Wells Fargo Community Advisory Council; Southern California Edison Advisory Board; National Congress of Community Economic Developers; Northwestern University’s prestigious “Committee of 100”; Vanguard University Board of Trustees; Christian Community Development Association, Board of Directors; Churches United for Economic Development, Board of Directors; Black Women Lawyers. She is a member of and served on the Advisory Board of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation, Inc.; Leaders Up Board Member and is Chaplain of the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute.

Dr. Ballton is a sought-after speaker, and an accomplished writer. Her articles appear in numerous publications, including the National Black Law Journal. Her most-recent contribution is “50 Saturdays Before You Say I Do: Plan Your Marriage, Not Just 2 Your Wedding,” a marriage handbook, “Sittin’ Around Bein’ Brown,” a collection of short stories and “Sister to Sister” Volume II: – Devotions for African American Women (Judson Press).

She has received numerous honors and awards including the following: LA Business Journal’s nomination for “Women Who Make A Difference”, “Women of Excellence Award”, by The National Center for Strategic Nonprofit Planning and Community Leadership; honored by Women In Ministry of the Southern California Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church at a “Living Legends Luncheon” for her life-changing work in the community. Dr. Ballton was awarded the Community Visionary Award by The Social Enterprise Alliance, and she has been selected as a Los Angeles City College Alumnus of the year.

Dr. Ballton has been married to Carl Ballton, retired President and Chief Executive Officer of the MUFG Union Bank Foundation and Managing Director of MUFG Union Bank, since 1969. She is the mother of three: Jabari, Issa Carl, and Micah, and the grandmother of Caleb, Cameron, Cason, Noah, Lailah, Jaxon and Jabari Carl.

Dr. Cheryl Price

Dr. Cheryl Price

Vice President of Content
Urban Ministries, Inc.
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Dr. Cheryl Price

Vice President of Content, Urban Ministries, Inc.

Cheryl L. Price, Ph.D., is the Vice President of Content at Urban Ministries, Inc. (UMI). Dr. Price has served as Minister of Christian Education at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, D. C., Assistant Pastor and Minister of Christian Education at Mount Zion Baptist Church, Seattle, Washington, and presently volunteers in the Children’s Ministry, Justice Ministry, P.A.D.S. (homeless ministry), at New Faith Baptist Church in Matteson, Illinois. A native of Washington, D. C., she received her academic training at the American University in Washington, D.C., and received a B. A. in Early childhood, Elementary Education, with a concentration in Special Education; the Colgate Rochester Crozer School of Divinity, with a Master of Divinity, the School of Theology at Claremont, Claremont, California, and the DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, an Integrated Marketing Certificate.

Dr. Price is an ordained minister, instructor, and Christian Education workshop developer and presenter. She has taught at McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL and Howard University School of Divinity, Washington, D.C. Dr. Price is the author/co-editor of several books and articles, including Peace in the Midst of a Storm (from Sister to Sister); A Small Still Voice-A Faithful Remnant (from The African American Study Bible); The Contributions of Black Women to Religious Education from Precepts for Living; The Black Church Project: American Association for the Advancement of Science; Family Ties-Restoring Unity in the African American Family; Encountering Jesus; Searching for Truth; Living in the Excellence of Jesus; With These Hands; The Family; and Tell It! Shout It!: Witnessing for Jesus; Jesus’ Wireless connection…Faith, Hope, and Love; Truth, Justice, and Power…The Jesus Way. Additionally, Over the years, Dr. Price and her children have created a “Safe House” where children and teens visit or live and in an extended family environment. Dr. Price enjoys sharing the love of Jesus through education, preaching, teaching, and justice.

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Belmont University

First Lecture Hall
1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212

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