50 Years After MLK
The panel discusses MLK’s life and ministry. After tracing his theological development, the panelists work through some of the more complex aspects of King’s life and doctrine. The session concludes with various lessons to be learned from King’s example and helpful resources for further study.
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Curtis A. Woods is associate executive director for the Kentucky Baptist Convention. He holds undergraduate and graduate level degrees in social work, urban studies, and pastoral theology. He is a PhD student in biblical spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. His research interests are in African-American intellectual history.
H.B. Charles is the Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida, where he has served since 2008. H.B. is the author (or contributing author) of several books including: It Happens After Prayer, On Preaching, On Pastoring, The Difference Jesus Makes, and Power in the Pulpit. H.B. is married to the girl of his dreams, Crystal, and they have three children: H.B. III, Natalie, and Hailey.
Kevin L. Smith (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Executive Director of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware and Assistant Professor of Christian Preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Mark Dever serves as the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. A Duke graduate, Mark holds a M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History from Cambridge University. He is the president of 9Marks and has taught at a number of seminaries. Mark has authored several books and articles, most recently, Compelling Community, Baptist Foundations, The Gospel and Personal Evangelism, What is a Healthy Church?, and Nine Marks of a Healthy Church. He and his wife Connie live and minister on Capitol Hill. They have two adult children.
Mika Edmondson is the pastor of New City Fellowship OPC, a church plant in Southeast Grand Rapids. He recently earned a PhD in systematic theology from Calvin Seminary, where he wrote a dissertation on Martin Luther King Jr.’s theology of suffering.
Thabiti Anyabwile is the pastor of Anacostia River Church in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, Thabiti served as the pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman for seven years. He is a native of Lexington, North Carolina. Thabiti holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in psychology from North Carolina State University. He is the author of Captivated: Beholding the Mystery of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection, The Gospel for Muslims: An Encouragement to Share Christ with Confidence, The Decline of African-American Theology, The Life of God in the soul of the Church, Finding Faithful Elders & Deacons, and What is a Healthy Church Member?. He is the happy husband of Kristie and the adoring father of three children. A former high school basketball coach and bookstore owner, he enjoys preaching, reading, sports, and watching sci-fi films.