GREENSBORO, NC

Kingdom & Community Development Conference

Thursday, Nov. 1st, 2018 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT

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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

Mt. Zion Baptist Church
1301 Alamance Church Road
Greensboro, NC
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Presented By

SPEAKER LINEUP

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.

Jeff 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.

Rev. Theodore Stevens

Rev. Theodore Stevens

Trinity Consulting and Development LLC

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Rev. Theodore Stevens

Trinity Consulting and Development LLC

Rev. Theodore Stevens, Jr. has served an entrepreneur in the Real Estate industry for over 30 years. He has been afforded numerous opportunities to positively impact his community by purchasing and developing raw land for single and multi-family construction; managing the construction and sales of single-family homes; and managing the construction of affordable multi-family and student apartments. He took a sabbatical to fulfill ministerial callings, and then resumed his career as a real estate developer in late 2015. He is the CO-OWNER and MANAGER of Trinity Consulting and Development, LLC 2017 where he is responsible for the coordination of the development process and construction services as well as all components of securing financial support for projects.

Stevens has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Jacksonville Theological Institute located in Greensboro, NC, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies. He is currently enrolled in the Good Shepherd’s Fellowship International Training program in the provision of corporate and spiritual oversight, as well as Biblical accountability from Rowan Baptist Association located in Salisbury, NC. Stevens has worked extensively with youth programs such as the Career Academy of Greensboro for Adolescent Boys where he served as a business advisor and mentor. He served as a teacher at Genesis Heritage Academy for Middle School Students, and he served as the Noon Day Worship Leader at Genesis Baptist Church.

Theodore’s professional experience has included numerous projects such as the Genesis Gardens Apartments which consisted of the construction of the 12 units, 3 bedroom/2 bath apartments development which was completed in May, 2017. The $1.2 million project was made possible through personal investment and commitment to the community, a private loan from BB&T, and a loan from The City of Greensboro, making it one of the first real estate projects to be approved and partially financed by the City via The Nussbaum Multifamily Affordable Housing Development Fund. His team competed for and received a national Affordable Housing Program grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta for the development.

Over the last two years, his company has purchased single family homes in various stages of disrepair. Once rehabbed and restored, these homes were either placed in the affordable rental market or sold to first time buyers. Additionally, Stevens has a project for Single family homes under construction, specifically designed to provide shared, independent living for Senior Citizens or persons with disabilities. His company has plans to purchase other lots in the Greater Greensboro area to build quality affordable homes.

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.

Bishop Bryan J. Pierce

Bishop Bryan J. Pierce

Sr. Senior Pastor & CEO
Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Greensboro 

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Bishop Bryan J. Pierce

Sr. Senior Pastor & CEO, Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Greensboro

Visionary, trailblazer, anointed teacher and spiritual shepherd to many, Bishop Bryan J. Pierce, Sr. serves as the Senior Pastor and Chief Executive Officer of Mount Zion Baptist Church of Greensboro, Inc.

Bishop Pierce was born in New Orleans, LA on November 3rd. He began preaching at the age of six, licensed at the age of 9 and ordained at the age of 19. Upon being ordained, Bishop Pierce served as Youth Pastor at Greater St. Stephens Full Gospel Baptist Church under his spiritual father, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr.

In 1996, Bishop Pierce relocated to Greensboro, NC where he served in full-time ministry as Pastor of Evangelism at Mount Zion Baptist Church under the leadership of Bishop George W. Brooks.

In July 1999, Bishop Pierce was installed as Senior Pastor at Bethel Baptist Church Ministries in Kannapolis, North Carolina where he served faithfully until his reappointment to Mount Zion.

Bishop Pierce is dedicated to empowering leaders of today with visions of tomorrow to become more equipped for the Kingdom. Through God inspired teachings, he helps restore families, convict, change and encourage people to fulfill their God given destiny.

In June 2011 Bishop Bryan J. Pierce, Sr. became the Chief Administrative Officer at Mount Zion and worked diligently until his elevation to Senior Pastor on January 1, 2013.

Bishop Pierce serves as 1st Assistant to 2nd Presiding Bishop, Bishop Darryl Brister in the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, International.

Being a continuous supporter of the city of Greensboro, Bishop Pierce believes strongly that he who serves the city, wins the city. He leads the efforts of giving back to the city through a Church-wide campaign called No Greater Love, where the member of Mount Zion service the Greensboro community by providing minor car services, pumping gas and delivering groceries to families in need. In 2017, Bishop Pierce was a part of the Guilford County Superintendent Transition Team, and was recognized for his superior leadership, and the pivotal role he played while shaping the future of Guilford County Schools.

Bishop Pierce holds an Associate Degree in Biblical Studies and a Bachelor of Divinity Degree from Andersonville Theological Seminary.

Bishop Pierce is also a member of the Stellar Award Winning Group Men of Standard. He is a noted songwriter, arranger and producer. Although he is a multifaceted individual, teaching the Word of God is what he has been chosen to do.

Bishop Bryan J. Pierce, Sr. works diligently in the service of the Lord with his wife, Minister Debra A. Pierce, right by his side. They are the proud parents of 4 children and 5 grandchildren.

A man after God’s own heart, Bishop Pierce strives daily to live God’s mission for his life. God’s plan for his life has proven it’s not what you are in, but who you are in that determines where you go in life.

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.

Landis Graden

Landis Graden

President, CEO & Founder
DCG Strategies

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Landis Graden

President, Chief Executive Officer & Founder of DCG Strategies

Landis Graden is President, CEO and Founder of DCG Strategies, Inc. (DCG). A registered Benefit Corporation, DCG is an alternative to conventional real estate firms with a distinct mission to serve California’s community-benefit organizations. Built on the core belief that the company is not separate from the community, but rather an integral partner, DCG works with churches and public-school districts and sees every project as an opportunity to transform real estate into resources for community-based organizations. DCG helps its clients develop, sell, buy, lease and re-purpose real estate assets. Since 2005, DCG has served over 450 organizations totaling more than $1Billion in transactions, many of these churches.

Landis is a serial entrepreneur having founded over 10 companies over the past 20 years. At present, he is also the co-founder of a technology start-up company and writing a book about the black business leader experience in America.

As Past Chair of the Vallejo Planning Commission, Landis blends his business acumen with a local grasp of his community’s needs and values. Fusing opportunity, understanding, and experience has enabled Landis to pursue projects that strengthen the community’s economic base, attract new business and jobs, and work towards a sustained, healthy, robust future for the coming generation.

In addition, Landis is the Board Director on the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce, Board Member for the Community Democratic Club of Solano County, Board Member for East Oakland Community Development Corporation and previously served on the Board of Brighter Beginnings and the City of Hayward’s Economic Development Committee. He is an active member of and also serves on the Board for his church, Kingdom Builders Christian Fellowship in Oakland.

Always giving back, Landis has founded the One Vallejo Community Foundation and frequently offers pro bono consulting services to small businesses.

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Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Mt. Zion Baptist Church

1301 Alamance Church Road, Greensboro, NC

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