Speakers Roster

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

Aisha Dew

Former North Carolina state campaign manager for Bernie Sanders, 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

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

Jennifer (Jay) Yoder

Jay is a social justice activist, community organizer, advocate, and educator, with expertise in undoing oppressions such as racism, sexism, and queerphobia. Jay is co-director of Into Account, a fiscal sponsee of Transform Network.

Speaking Topics

Coming Soon!


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

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

Minister Regina D. Clarke-Simpson

Regina believes strongly that we all are here for a very distinctive purpose, and no one should miss the opportunities that God planned specifically for him or her to fulfill.

Speaking Topics

  • Recognizing, Resolving, and Restoring God's People

  • Standing Up in a Culture of Oppression

  • Divinely and Inspired Women in Ministry: Overcoming the Struggles and Stereotypes to Walk in your Divinely Inspired Destiny


Rev. Stephen Roach Knight

Stephen is National Organizer for Denominational and Faith Partnerships for Repairers of the Breach, the non-profit organization founded and led by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II.

Speaking Topics

  • The Future of Christianity in the U.S.
  • Kingdom Journalism: Storytelling and the Magnalia Dei
  • Social Media for Churches

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