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William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

The Black Church and the Urban Poor in America

January 23–25, 2019  |  Pasadena, California

Keynote Speaker

Dwight Hopkins

Dwight N. Hopkins

Dwight N. Hopkins is the Alexander Campbell Professor of Theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He is a constructive theologian working in the areas of contemporary models of theology, various forms of liberation theologies, and East-West cross-cultural comparisons. He is interested in multidisciplinary approaches to the academic study of religious thought, especially cultural, political, economic, and interpretive methods.

Dr. Hopkins initiated and managed a 14-country network to think about the practices of building healthy communities and healthy individuals within communities. With representatives from Hawaii, Fiji, Australia, Japan, India, England, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Cuba, Jamaica, Brazil, and the United States, the network forged mutual learning through neighbors sharing their cultures. Indeed, in international transactions of business, politics, and religion, one of the greatest challenges is a lack of cultural understanding—a lack that this project successfully worked to address.

Dr. Hopkins previously served as visiting professor at Renmin (People’s) University, in Beijing, China, and as visiting lecturer at Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, Surrey International Institute, in Dalian, China. He holds a PhD from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, an MDiv, MPhil, and PhD from Union Theological Seminary in New York, and a BA from Harvard University.

Respondents

Oscar Owens

Oscar Owens
Christian Education Director at West Angeles Church of God in Christ

Kenneth Waters

Kenneth Waters
Associate Dean, School of Theology
Professor, Department of Biblical and Religious Studies, Azusa Pacific University

Alexis Abernethy

Alexis Abernethy
Associate Provost for Faculty Inclusion and Equity and Professor of Psychology
School of Psychology, Fuller Seminary

Rose Rochelle Headshot

Rose Rochelle
Minister of Music at St. James AME Church Los Angeles

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Bishop Kenneth Ulmer

Bishop Kenneth Ulmer

Bishop Kenneth Ulmer is former president of The King’s University in Los Angeles, where he also serves as a founding board member, adjunct professor, and dean of The King’s at Oxford, an annual summer session held at Oxford University in England. After accepting his call to the ministry, Dr. Ulmer founded Macedonia Bible Church in San Pedro, California. He has served as instructor in pastoral ministry and homiletics at Grace Theological Seminary and as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University and Biola University, where he was also on the Board of Trustees. He has also been a mentor in the Doctor of Ministry degree program at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

Dr. Ulmer has written several books, including A New Thing, Spiritually Fit to Run the Race, In His Image: An Intimate Reflection of God, Making Your Money Count, The Champion in You, The Power of Money, Knowing God’s Voice, and Passionate God. He received his PhD from Grace Graduate School of Theology in Long Beach, California, a DMin from United Theological Seminary, and a BA in Broadcasting and Music from the University of Illinois. He further studied at Pepperdine University, Hebrew Union College, the University of Judaism, and Christ Church and Wadham College at Oxford University in England.

Erica Campbell

Erica Campbell

Erica Campbell has released two solo albums as well as seven albums with her sister as part of the dynamic duo “Mary Mary,” and has received numerous awards and accolades. Her debut solo album “Help” won a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Gospel Album as well as eight Stellar Awards. Campbell is host of the nationally syndicated radio show “Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell” that can be heard weekday mornings in about 40 markets, while ministering internationally. Among her entrepreneurial endeavors is the luxury hair line “Erica By Erica Campbell” in partnership with hairstylist Vernon Martin, as well as her “More Than Pretty” empowerment organization. She is married to Grammy Award-winning producer and pastor of California Worship Center Warryn Campbell II, and they have three children: Krista, Warryn III, and Zaya. Erica and Warryn have recently released the song and music video for their first duet, “All Of My Life,” available for streaming and download digitally. Connect with Erica on social media at @imEricaCampbell.

Warryn Campbell

Warryn Campbell

Warryn Campbell is a music visionary, executive, and leading producer of R&B, gospel, and hip-hop music. His ability to create chart-topping hits across a multitude of genres has made him critically acclaimed as one of the most prolific record producers of our time. Campbell's Grammy award-winning body of work includes projects with global icons from Mary Mary, Kanye West, and Yolanda Adams to Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder, and MC Lyte. With a natural ear and profound passion for musicianship and composition, Campbell became a virtuoso on the drums, bass, guitar, and keys by the age of 15. Among his numerous creative pursuits, he also plays bass guitar in the gospel group The Soul Seekers. Prior to starting My Block, Inc., he served as vice president of A&R for Elektra Records. Campbell is the pastor of California Worship Center in North Hollywood, California. He is the proud husband of Erica Campbell for 17 years and father to their three children. Connect with him on social media at @warryncampbell.