Efrem Smith is a pastor, consultant, speaker, and author. He is passionate about life transformation, racial righteousness, thriving churches, and community development. He was the founding pastor of The Sanctuary Covenant Church, a multiethnic congregation in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and served as superintendent of the Pacific Southwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church before he became president and CEO of World Impact, an urban missions organization. Currently Efrem is the co-lead pastor of Bayside Church Midtown, a thriving, multiethnic community in Sacramento, California. He is the author of Raising Up Young Heroes, The Hip-Hop Church, Jump, The Post-Black and Post-White Church, and Killing Us Softly. Efrem is married to Donecia and they have two daughters.
Angela Yee is executive director of ministry development of the Evangelical Covenant Church. She is an ordained Covenant minister who has served in a number of pastoral and leadership roles in local churches ranging in size from 30 people to 24,000 attendees. Her background as a designer and musician, event coordinator, and church systems consultant and trainer, as well as her passion for the local church, has enabled her to assist churches to be more effective in fulfilling their God-given visions. Angela has written several books on personal organizing and event planning (angelayee.com). She and her husband, Albert, reside in Chicago and are parents of two adult children.
Daniel Hill is pastor of River City Community Church, a vibrant, multiethnic church in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, with a vision that focuses on worship, reconciliation, and neighborhood development. Since their founding in 2003, the congregation has longed to see increased spiritual renewal as well as social and economic justice in both their city and world, demonstrating compassion and alleviating poverty as tangible expressions of the kingdom of God. Daniel is the author of White Awake and 10:10—Life to the Fullest. He is married to Elizabeth Arnott-Hill and father to Xander and Gabriella.
Adam leads CovEnterprises, a social enterprise initiative, for Love Mercy Do Justice and the ECC. In this role, he focuses on equipping and resourcing Covenant congregations toward tangible and sustainable expressions of justice in their local communities. He is also the founder of Jubilee Ventures, an economic incubator in South Bend, Indiana. He has previous ministry experience in the local church, community development nonprofit, and higher education settings, and is the author of Becoming a Just Church: Cultivating Communities of God's Shalom. He lives in South Bend, Indiana, with his wife, Ann, and their three children.
José Humphreys is a facilitator and pastor of Metro Hope Covenant Church, a multiethnic and multicultural church in East Harlem, New York City. He is involved in shalom-making in New York City through facilitating conversation, contemplation, and action across social, economic, cultural, and theological boundaries. His book, Seeing Jesus in East Harlem: What Happens When Churches Show up and Stay Put, was published in October. He lives in East Harlem with his wife, Mayra, and eleven-year-old son, Javier.
Dominique Gilliard is the director of racial righteousness and reconciliation for the Love Mercy Do Justice (LMDJ) mission priority of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Ordained in the ECC, he previously served as the executive pastor of New Hope Covenant Church in Oakland, California, and as associate pastor of Convergence Covenant Church in Oakland. He has served CHIC Council three times, directed racial righteousness initiatives in the Pacific Southwest Conference, and leads and facilitates LMDJ’s Invitation to Racial Righteousness seminar. Dominique serves on the boards of directors for the Christian Community Development Association and Evangelicals for Justice. He earned a Master of Arts in history from East Tennessee State University and an MDiv from North Park Theological Seminary where he is currently an adjunct professor. His book Re-Thinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and is currently in its fifth printing.
Liz Mosbo VerHage
Liz Mosbo VerHage is the pastor of global and local ministries at Quest Church in Seattle, Washington. She is also an adjunct professor with several seminaries, and a church and campus consultant around advocacy and compassion ministries, racial justice and reconciliation, strategic leadership, and prophetic spirituality. She has previously served in ministry and academic settings in Chicago and Minneapolis and currently serves as president of the Covenant Ministerium. Liz and her husband, Peter, have two children and together they enjoy Thai food, being outdoors, good music, and late nights with friends.
(Monday night Comedian)
Mike Goodwin is a comedian, speaker, and leader. A native of Camden, South Carolina, he learned at an early age how to use laughter to pierce through tension and ease pain. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Army, where he served for a total of twelve years—four in active duty, and the rest as an ROTC cadet and commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserves. He worked in secondary and higher education before deciding to pursue stand-up comedy full-time. Drawing upon his varied life experiences and career, he is able to relate to audiences from all walks of life.