2017 Guest Speakers
Pastor H.B. Charles, Jr.
I am the Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida, where I have served since the fall of 2008. I am primarily responsible for preaching-teaching, vision casting, and leadership development – along with all the other tasks that go along with pastoral ministry.
Prior to joining the Shiloh Church, I led the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church of Los Angeles for almost eighteen years. Succeeding my late father, I began my pastorate at Mt. Sinai at the age of seventeen – a senior in high school.
Outside of my ministry to and with my congregation, I regularly speak at churches, conferences, and conventions around the country.
Dr. Mark Croston
Dr. Croston is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; having served as a pastor to an urban congregation for over a quarter of a century; and having traveled, been on missions, or preached in over 30 countries. He now serves as the National Director of Black Church Partnerships at LifeWay Christian Resources. His assignment is to help churches in their mission of making disciples.
Dr. Leo Endel
Dr. Endel has served as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Wisconsin Baptist Convention for the past 15 years. Prior to that he was the Pastor of Southern Hills Baptist Church in Sioux City, Iowa, which had a growth in attendance from 35 to more than 400 and sponsored three new churches under his leadership. He also served as president of the Baptist Convention of Iowa for two years. Dr. Endel led Bible studies at each session of the 2001 MWBC annual meeting at Appleton, Wis.
In 1982 he graduated from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg with a double major in finance and business management. He received a master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1988.
Amongst all the qualities Dr. Endel brings to the table, he has a genuine love for pastors and a passion for church planting, especially in communities that don't have an evangelical witness.
Pastor Julius R. Malone
Pastor Malone is currently serving as Senior Pastor of New Testament Church of Milwaukee, a non denominational Christian Fellowship Church that started with eleven people in November, 1980. He obtained both his Bachelor and Master's of Science degrees in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. He also attended the Chicago Institute of Theology for two years.
Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr.
Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr., is Senior Pastor of the Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, located in Jacksonville, Florida. Bethel is a vibrant Spirit-filled body of believers whose membership exceeds 14,000. Bethel is the oldest existing Baptist church in the state of Florida, and yet remains a thriving, vibrant and growing congregation.
The musical blessing and vision of Bishop McKissick, Jr., has resulted in the production of five CD’s by the Word and Worship Mass Choir of the Bethel Church.
In addition to his musical talents, first and foremost, Bishop McKissick is a powerful messenger of God who has established himself nationally as an outstanding preacher, teacher, theologian and academician. His preaching prowess has afforded him many national platforms and accolades, among them being the morning preacher at the prestigious Hampton Ministers and Musicians Conference, the conference preacher at the John Malcus Ellison Convocation at Virginia Union University (Now the John Ellison/Miles Jones Convocation) and being inducted into the Morehouse School of Religion Board of Preachers. He has also served as a professor at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio in the capacity of doctoral mentor, where students have been selected to sit in a learning cohort, sitting under his academic mentorship as they work towards their earned Doctor of Ministry degree. In the United program, McKissick has graduated five doctoral classes.
Bishop McKissick throughout the years has been the recipient of many prestigious awards. Among them being Who’s Who In Music, Who’s Who In Religion, The Community Service Award from the Jacksonville Urban League and was selected as a national delegate for Far East relations in 1983 as senior in High school.
In June of 2008, he was consecrated and elevated into the high office of Bishop in the Lord’s church by Bishop Paul S. Morton. He now serves in the capacity and episcopal office of Vice International Presiding Bishop within the Global United Fellowship under the leadership of Presiding Bishop Neil C. Ellis. He also serves on various boards, which include being a board member of the National Action Network, founded by Rev. Al Sharpton and the Advisory Board of the College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance at Florida State University.
Bishop McKissick, Jr. holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Jacksonville University with a double major in the field of music: one in Opera and the other in Sacred Church Music, with a minor in pipe organ performance. He holds the Master of Divinity Degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Religion at Virginia Union University, and the Doctor of Ministry Degree from the United Theological Seminary. Bishop McKissick was awarded the honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Bethune Cookman University. He is also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., as well as Sigma Pi Phi Boule (pronounced BOO-LAY).
Pastor Breonus M. Mitchell
Pastor Mitchell graduated a Distinguished Scholar from Donelson Christian Academy in 1991. He continued his education at American Baptist College, in which he received his Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Studies. He has studied at Regents Park of Oxford University Oxford, England, receiving a Certificate in Textual Exegesis, Hermenuetics, and Homiletics. He received his Master of Theological Studies Degree from Lipscomb University Hazelip School of Theology in Nashville, TN in December 2015.
Pastor Mitchell has commitments to various religious, social, civil, and political identities. He is a subscribing lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Color People. Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce; Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship of Middle TN; National Baptist Convention of America; served as the Assistant Recording Secretary for the Evangelical Board of the National Baptist Convention of America; Past Board Member of the Middle Tennessee Regional Advisory Committee for HIV Awareness; Past Board of Directors for The Oasis Center of Nashville, TN, current Board Member for the TN Prison for Women Community Resource Board, current commissioner for the Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County Parking and Traffic Commissioner, TN Supreme Court Access to Justice Faith-Based Committee, and current Board Member for 4:13 Strong.
Pastor Mitchell serves as the Founder & President of: Charizomai CDC, One City…One Church...One Christ Inc., Lakisha Mitchell Memorial Foundation, and Breonus Mitchell Ministries, Inc. A member of Prince Hall Lodge No. 1 as Junior Deacon, Mt. Sinai Chapter 135 Holy Royal Arch Mason serving as Past Grand High Priest, Mt. Ararat Council No. 5 Royal & Select Masters, Apollo No. 1 Knights Templar and J. A. Henry Consistory No. 48 all in Nashville, TN.
Pastor Mitchell is a gifted pastor and preacher. His exegetical integrity, homiletic skills, and hermeneutical sincerity have privileged him to preach throughout the United States and in the Bahamian Islands. He has appeared on The Greg Davis Show (Impact Network), The Empowerment Encounter with Dr. Jamal Harrison-Bryant (The Word Network) and The Word Network’s Seven Last Words of Christ. He has preached for NBCUSA, Inc., NBCA International, Inc. and Lifeway’s Black Church Week for the Southern Baptist Convention.
Pastor Mitchell was called to the pastorate of the Boyce Street MB Church on December 29, 1993. He founded Greater Grace Temple Community Church on April 27, 1997 and served for nineteen years. On April 3, 2016 he was called to serve as the 11th pastor of Mount Gilead Missionary Baptist Church.
Dr. Dennis Mitchell
Dr. Mitchell is the Executive Director of the National African American Fellowship (SBC). Retired Pastor of Greenforest
Community Baptist Church in Decatur, Ga. Dr. Mitchell has more than 20 years of church and denominational leadership experience, having served as Christian Education Director of Singing Hills Baptist Church in Dallas, Sunday School Growth Consultant with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and Pastor of the Central Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala.
Pastor Michael R. Pigg
Michael R. Pigg is the Senior Pastor of The Philadelphia Baptist Church in Lithonia, GA. He is married to Beverly and they have two adorable daughters, Stephanie and Jennifer. He is a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY majoring in Pastoral Care and Counseling. He has served two other churches prior to coming to the Atlanta area accepting God's calling to pastor Philadelphia Baptist Church in 2004. His ministry of developing disciples and church leaders has taken him too many churches, associations, and state conventions throughout the United States.
Pastor David L. Wade
On March 30th 1999, the Mount Calvary Baptist church extended the call to Reverend David L. Wade of Los Angeles, California. The church has experienced spiritual, financial, and congregational growth under his dynamic leadership. In the first five years of his pastorate, the sweet members of the Mount Calvary family were given the gracious privilege of hosting two of the Auxiliaries of the National Baptist Convention of America (Home Mission Board and Evangelical Board Annual Spring Tent Revival).
Under the leadership of Pastor Wade,the Mount Calvary Community Development Cooperation a 501 C-3 was organized. The Cooperation was created with the express purpose of serving the members through education, tutoring, computer training within labs, summer youth programs and after school care. Evangelism and discipleship has been Pastor Wade’s passion to make certain that the congregation knows how to share Jesus with joy.
Pastor Wade’s enthusiasm to share the good news of Jesus Christ has opened doors for him to preach both locally and nationally. He is a United Way board member, and serves as a board member of First Things First, a foundation developing quality early childcare. Pastor Wade is proud to be a third generation proclaimer of the gospel.
Although Pastor Wade graduated from the Seattle public schools, his quest for higher learning afforded him the privilege to matriculate at the historic Bishop College of Dallas Texas, Grace Seminary Long Beach Ca, G More Seminary Muncie, Indiana.