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Aisha Dew

Former North Carolina state campaign manager for Bernie Sanders and former campaign manager for Charlotte mayor Vi Lyles, Aisha is a savvy and experienced political strategist with a strong faith and creative arts background that informs all that she does.

Speaking Topics

  • Faith in Action: My Voice in the World (Art and Politics)

  • Making a Difference Where You Are

  • Progressive Faith

Rev. Amy Cantrell

Amy believes everyone needs a village. That’s why she created BeLoved Asheville, a nonprofit that helps those living on the fringes of society.

Speaking Topics

  • The Gospel on Cardboard

  • The Radical Art of Making Home

  • Our Superpower is Boundary Crossing

Anita Grace Brown

Anita creates a safe place in which students can: practice yoga and meditation, let go of all judgment and distraction, and release self-doubt.

Speaking Topics

  • What Does It Mean to Truly Embody Jesus?

  • Practicing Presence, Wholeness & Integration

  • Exploring Shalom with Breath, Body & Mind

Pastor Anthony Smith

Anthony is one of the curators (along with this wife Toni Cook-Smith) of Mission House, a kingdom experiment in Salisbury, NC.

Speaking Topics

  • Hidden Fire: Cultivating a Discipleship Culture of Jesus Revolutionaries

  • Postcolonial Hush Harbors

  • Thin Places in the Wild

Ash Love

Ash Love is the Director of Faith Organizing for The Freedom Center for Social Justice. She is also a published poet, social justice blogger, and visual artist, exhibiting work in both US/International poetry journals and visual artist exhibitions.

Speaking Topics

  • Intersectional Organizing: Faith, Justice, and the LGBTQ Community

  • Guerilla Affirming: Radical Inclusivity

  • Millennial Theology: Leaving the Church, Finding God


Rev. Corey Brown

Corey is the founder and director of BRIDGE Interfaith Alliance. The goal of the organization is to fill the gap between Christianity and other faiths, teaching Christians how to be comfortable in diverse spiritual and faith environments.

Speaking Topics

  • Interfaith Cooperation and Activism

  • The Injustice of Racial Reconciliation Without Redemption

  • Transformational Leadership/Leadership Through Change

Darren Calhoun

Darren Calhoun is a justice advocate, worship leader, and photographer based out of Chicago. He works to bridge connections between people of differing perspectives through story and relationship. 

Speaking Topics

  • The Intersection of Race and LGBTQ Identity 

  • Is Your Church Really Welcoming to LGBTQ People? 

  • Make Love Louder: how to help people put their bodies where their hearts are

Dev Cuny

Dev Cuny, M.Div., is a storyteller activist, restorative justice practitioner, consultant, and writer. Dev also serves as a spokesperson and advisory member for the #BornPerfect Campaign to End Conversion Therapy.

Speaking Topics

  • Jesus Loves (All) the Little Children: LGBTQ Conversion Therapy

  • Healing the Wounds of Oppression: Restorative Justice Practices

  • In the Name of God: Trauma and the Church

Dr. Jayme R. Reaves

Born and raised in the Deep South of the U.S., Jayme learned early on about negotiating boundaries related to race, gender, identity, conflict and peace, politics and faith and uses those skills in her work as a public theologian. Her book Safeguarding the Stranger: An Abrahamic Theology and Ethic of Protective Hospitality was published by Wipf & Stock in 2016. She lives in Dorset, England.

Speaking Topics

  • Safeguarding the Stranger: An Abrahamic Theology and Ethic of Protective Hospitality

  • #MeToo Jesus: Why Naming Jesus as a Victim of Sexual Abuse Matters

  • We Are Made of Stories: Reading Contemporary Fiction as Sacred Text

Pastor Kathy Escobar

Kathy co-pastors The Refuge, a mission center and Christian community in North Denver dedicated to those on the margins of life and faith.

Speaking Topics

  • Safer People, Safer Communities

  • The Power of With

  • Downward Mobility

Mark Van Steenwyk

Mark is the Executive Director of the Center for Prophetic Imagination in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2004, Mark and his wife Amy founded what is now the Wildflower Worker, where they still reside. Mark is an original co-founder of Transform Network, as well.

Speaking Topics

  • Becoming Human

  • Uprooting Empire

  • Welcoming the Jubilee

  • The Stories We Live By

Melissa McDaniel

Melissa M. McDaniel is an educator, choreographer, and community organizer. Her work aims to combine her love of dance with her experience as an educator and her passion for social justice. 

Speaking Topics

  • Movement of the Movement: Embodying the Spirit of the Fight for Social Justice

  • United We Dance

  • Exploring Dance as a Form of Worship

Onleilove Chika Alston

Onleilove (pronounced Onlylove) Chika Alston, founder of Prophetic Whirlwind, was born and raised in East New York, Brooklyn. Onleilove is also a community organizer, speaker, and writer with a deep dedication to declaring the full Good News of Scripture, developing disciples of Yahshua and building bridges between Africans of faith in the diaspora and Africans of faith in Africa.

Speaking Topics

  • Deconstructing the Theology of White Supremacy 

  • Song of Songs and The Implicit Bias of Colorism

  • What Isaiah 61 Teaches Us About Faith Organizing Led by The Poor

Minister Stephen Roach Knight

Stephen is Director of Communications for Repairers of the Breach, the non-profit organization founded and led by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, and is part of the national team for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

Speaking Topics

  • The Future of Christianity in the U.S.

  • Kingdom Journalism: Storytelling and the Magnalia Dei

  • Social Media for Churches

Steve Pavey

Steve is an artist-, scholar-, contemplative-activist –– all of which come together in the vocation of cultivating a way to see, in order to bear witness to the world both as it is, and as it could be.

Speaking Topics

  • Contemplation & Resistance:  Liberation from a Divided and Divisive Self in both its Individual and Collective forms

  • White Lies Matter: The Delusions and Lies we Tell Ourselves

  • Invitation from the Margins: We Greet You As Your Liberators

  • We Are Already One: Becoming Who We Are

Rev. Tommy Brown

Tommy currently serves as volunteer coordinator / cook / development / marketing coordinator at F.A.R.M. Cafe, which is a pay-what-you-can community restaurant located in Boone, NC. 

Speaking Topics

  • Feed All Regardless of Means (F.A.R.M.): The Story of a Community Cafe

  • From Transactional to Transformational: Shifting Value Systems

  • One World Everybody Eats: The Movement and How Your Community Can Become a Part of It

Vahisha Hasan

Vahisha is a faith-rooted organizer working at the intersections of faith, social justice, and mental health. She is the Executive Director of Movement in Faith, a fiscal sponsee of Transform Network.

Speaking Topics

  • Move in Faith: Intersectionality in Social Change

  • Implicit Bias/Racial Awareness Training

  • Destigmatizing/Integrating Mental Health and Wellness in Faith Communities

  • Faithful Protest: Civil Disobedience Training

Xan West

Xan West is a preacher of Black Lives Matter and other millennial liberation theologies, a teacher of liturgical direct action, a grassroots organizer, mystic, and ritual holder. She is a Black queer femme and a pretty darn good mom.

Speaking Topics

  • Liturgical Direct Action

  • Faith on the Front Lines 

  • Decolonizing Jesus