Featured Speakers


Esau McCaulley Esau McCaulley Author of the award-winning Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope and frequent contributor to the New York Times; Associate Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College
Beth Moore Beth Moore Evangelist, best-selling author, and nationally-known Bible teacher; President of Living Proof Ministries
Jemar Tisby Jemar Tisby New York Times bestselling author of The Colour of Compromise and How to Fight Racism

*Vann Newkirk II, who was originally scheduled as a featured speaker is unable to attend this year’s conference. The Rev. Dr. Esau McCaulley has generously agreed to offer the third keynote for our live and virtual audiences. We hope to welcome Mr. Newkirk to Baylor in the future, and are grateful for Dr. McCaulley's presence and witness.


Stephanie Boddie (Baylor University) will screen and discuss her film project “Unfinished Business.” Greg Garrett (Baylor) and Sean Palmer (Ecclesia, Houston) will again explore how film screenings and public conversation can lead your congregations—and your communities—deeper into work on race and reconciliation. Greg will also lead a workshop on racial mythologies drawn from his groundbreaking work funded by the Baugh Foundation. Truett Seminary’s Jared Alcantra and Mariah Humphries will join Sean and Greg in modeling worship and preaching dealing with race and justice. Beth Allison Barr, Truett Dean Todd Still, and Torie Johnson (all from Baylor University) will participate in public conversations with our keynote speakers.

Greg Garrett Greg Garrett Author of A Long, Long Way: Hollywood's Unfinished Journey from Racism to Reconciliation and In Conversation: Rowan Williams and Greg Garrett; Carole McDaniel Hanks Professor of Literature and Culture, Baylor University
Sean Palmer Sean Palmer Author of Unarmed Empire: In Search of Beloved Community and Forty Days on Being a Three;
Teaching Pastor, Ecclesia
Beth Allison Barr Beth Allison Barr Author of The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women became Gospel Truth;
James Vardaman Professor of History, Baylor University
Torie Johnson Torie Johnson Associate Vice President for Strategic Communications and Initiatives, Baylor University
Todd Still Todd Still Dean of Truett Seminary, Baylor University
Stephanie Boddie Stephanie Boddie Assistant Professor of Church and Community Ministries, Baylor University
Jared Alcantara Jared Alcantara Professor of Preaching and Holder of the Paul W. Powell Endowed Chair in Preaching, Baylor University
Mariah Humphries Mariah Humphries Director of Parachurch Partnerships and Alumni Relations for Truett Seminary, Baylor University
Jon Singletary Jon Singletary Dean and Diana R. Garland Endowed Chair of Child and Family Studies for the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, Baylor University

George W. Truett Theological Seminary