JUSTICE & THE BIBLE
Tim Mackie | The Bible Project
Tim Mackie is a creative writer, director of The Bible Project, an adjunct professor of Old Testament at Western Seminary, and teaching pastor at Door of Hope church in Portland, Oregon. Tim became a Christian at 20 years old through an urban outreach ministry to skateboarders in Portland, called Skate Church. He was formerly a teaching pastor at Blackhawk Church. Tim discovered the wonderful world of biblical studies and languages during his time at Multnomah University and Western Seminary and has a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Jewish Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
JUSTICE & EDUCATION
Nicole Baker Fulgham | The Expectations Project
Nicole is president and founder of The Expectations Project, a national organization that mobilizes people of faith to support public education reform and close the academic achievement gap. She is the former vice president of faith community relations at Teach For America and has appeared on CNN and ABC News. Baker Fulgham was named to the list of "50 Women to Watch: Those Most Shaping the Church and Culture" by "Christianity Today "and one of "14 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2014" by the Center for American Progress. She lives in the Washington, DC area. Nicole has a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan and a PH.D. in Philosophy, Educational Policy from UCLA.
JUSTICE & IMMIGRATION
Marcio & Tia Sierra | Lighthouse Church
They met in high school and have been married since 1999; they have two children, Marcio and Isabela. They are both graduates of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Pastor Marcio has a love for teaching God’s Word and wants to see His church move into a place where they are seeing the sick healed, people delivered and set free, and where the power of the Holy Spirit is manifested in and through His people. Pastor Marcio is currently working on a Master’s of Divinity from Regent University and has been ordained as a minister through The Apostolic Network of Global Awakening.
Pastor Tia is the principal of Lighthouse Christian School and also leads the worship ministry at Lighthouse church. She has a great burden to see this new generation move into a life of power with God. She is currently working on a Master’s of Bilingual Education from Edgewood College. Both Pastor Marcio and Tia are committed to living a supernatural life for Jesus.
Their desire is to see God’s kingdom here on earth and for the Church to experience revival.
JUSTICE & THE BLACK CHURCH PANEL
MODERATOR - David Smith | Door Creek Church
A pastor at Door Creek Church, David Smith was educated in the Madison Public schools and received his seminary degree out of Georgia. He has been involved with social and community ministry since 1987. Smith founded and pstored Faith Community Baptist Church in 1996, the Boy and Girls Club of Dane County in 1998 and the African American Council of Churches in 2005. He currently hosts “The Best of Gospel” on Sunday evenings (WORT) with his wife Tracy.
PANELIST - Colier McNair | Zion City
Pastor Coliér is highly noted in Madison, Wisconsin and Minneapolis, Minnesota for his outstanding work as special counselor for youth and juvenile challenged teens. In Madison, he worked four years with the South Madison Neighborhood Center (now Boys & Girls Club of Dane County) and East Madison Community Center helping to coordinate and establish solid programs for youth in those areas. McNair assumed the pastorate of Zion City International Church Ministries, Inc., formerly Vessels of Praise Apostolic Church, Inc., in September 2006.
Pastor Coliér resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife Myra Renee, eldest daughter Tziah Coli and son Iaonnes Charles, daughter Amira Charlize and son Mysaac Colin McNair.
PANELIST - Harold Rayford | The Faith Place Church
Prior to becoming the Pastor of The Faith Place Church in the Madison, Wisconin area, Bishop Harold Rayford served as the Lead Associate Pastor of The Chosen Vessel Cathedral in Fort Worth, Texas. Pastor Rayford served as Youth Pastor, Property Manager and Children’s Ministry Pastor. As Youth Pastor he worked closely with both parents and young people to create stronger families and Christ-centered youth. Pastor Rayford is passionately committed to a mandate to empower individuals and communities toward their God-given potential. He is known for his down-to-earth, life-applicable, realistic approach to preaching and teaching God's Holy Word. He has been married for over 29 years to Jacquie Rayford. Pastor Rayford is also an accomplished musician and songwriter. He is known nationally and internationally for his unique sound as a Gospel Jazz Saxophonist. Pastor Rayford holds a B.A. Degree in Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, Texas and an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Business from Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas.
JUSTICE & HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Every Daughter is a group of women from several churches around Dane County who meet regularly to contact and offer assistance to women who are sexually exploited and trafficked in our community. Their purpose is to build trust and relationships with the women they meet, offering support and prayer that is free of judgment and reflects the unconditional love of God. Every Daughter runs a direct phone outreach to women who are prostituted and trafficked through the commercial sex industry and provides ongoing support and mentorship, journeying with women and being a loving presence in their lives. Every Daughter also provides emergency respite care, referral to local resources, and assistance in entering residential recovery programs when appropriate. Their long-term vision is to see intergenerational family communities become safe places for the healing and restoration of the oppressed.
Project RESPECT is a women’s center that provides advocacy, case management, counseling, crisis intervention, transitional housing and peer support group services for women with prostitution histories that have changed or want to change their lives. We provide a safe and non-judgmental place to meet and talk with other women with similar histories. We assist women to have increased options available to them and reach their goals. Women served include: survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, women with chemical dependency and vocational issues.
JUSTICE & RE-ENTRY POST INCARCERATION
Linda Ketchum | Madison Urban Ministry
Linda Ketcham has been the executive director of Madison-area Urban Ministry (MUM) since March, 2006. As executive director, she is responsible for overall agency management and program development, grant writing, advocacy and is the congregational liaison for MUM. Linda holds a Bachelor’s degree in Corrections and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Sciences from Illinois State University. Linda has over 35 years of experience in human services, including work with children of incarcerated parents, survivors of domestic violence, incarcerated parents and individuals returning to the community from prison. Linda currently serves on the City of Madison’s Affirmative Action Commission, Jail Diversion Workgroup, the Ad-hoc Committee on Police Policy & Procedures, the Boards of Occupy Madison, Inc., Construction, Training Inc., Community Action Coalition of SC WI, and as Co-Chair of the Dane County Homeless Issues Committee and the. Linda is an active member of her church, volunteering with its Prison Ministry Program and serving on the Ministerial Relations Committee.
JUSTICE & RACE; A DISCUSSION
New to the conversation on Justice and Race? Looking to catch up? Maybe you don't feel like you know where to start? This discussion is a great way to begin or continue your journey to understanding these topics. To make the most of our time together, pre-reading is encouraged and will be provided via email prior to the summit.
Ben Hacker & Aisha Smith | Door Creek Church