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Arise City Summit 2018

The Right Gospel: Life and Doctrine, will explore the essential relationship among right thinking (orthodoxy), right living (orthopraxy) and right feeling (orthopathos) within the Gospel.

Meet Our Speakers

Thabiti Anyabwile

Thabiti Anyabwile is one of the pastors for Anacostia River Church. He has served as an elder and pastor in churches in NC, DC and the Cayman Islands. After a few years as a practicing Muslim, Thabiti was converted under the preaching of the gospel in the Washington DC area. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children. Thabiti is the author of several books, including The Life of God in the Soul of the Church; The Gospel for Muslims; What Is a Healthy Church Member?; The Decline of African-American Theology; and The Faithful Preacher. He blogs regularly at The Front Porch and Pure Church.

Dr. Eric Mason

Dr. Eric Mason is the founder and pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, PA. He and his wife, Yvette, have three sons, Immanuel, Nehemiah, and Ephraim, as well as one living daughter, Amalyah. He is the founder and president of Thriving, an urban resource organization committed to developing leaders for ministry in the urban context. He has a BS in Psychology from Bowie State University, a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Doctoral degree from Gordon­ Conwell Theological Seminary.

Dr. Sandra Richter

Dr. Sandra Richter is the new Robert H. Gundry professor in biblical studies at Westmont in Santa Barbara, CA. She graduated from Valley Forge Christian College, earned a Master of Arts at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a doctorate in Near Eastern languages and civilizations and Hebrew Bible at Harvard University. Her research focuses on Deuteronomy, Isaiah, archeology and the Bible, and American environmental practice, and she wrote the widely praised book “The Epic of Eden,” which offers readers a lucid introduction to the Old Testament.

Dr. Matthew Hall

Dr. Matthew J. Hall was appointed as dean of Boyce College in 2016 and also serves as senior vice president of academic strategy at Southern Seminary. Dr. Hall also serves as assistant professor of church history. His academic and research interests focus on the intersection of theology and culture in American religion, and he regularly teaches courses in church history, American history, and American government at the graduate and undergraduate level. He is co-editor of Essential Evangelicalism: The Enduring Legacy of Carl F.H. Henry (Crossway, 2015). He has contributed chapters to several volumes and has written articles for a range of popular outlets as well as scholarly journals. He has served two terms on the SBC Resolutions Committee and is a research fellow with the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. He and his wife, Jeannie, have three children and are members of Clifton Baptist Church.

Chris Brooks

Chris Brooks is the senior pastor of Evangel Ministries in Detroit. He also serves as campus dean of Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, MI. Chris is author of Kingdom Dreaming and Urban Apologetics. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Finance, completed his MA in Christian Apologetics at Biola University, and graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He and his wife, Yodit, are the proud parents of Christopher, Zewditu, Cameron, Judah and Sophia.

Dr. Jarvis Williams

Dr. Jarvis J. Williams (PhD) is an associate professor of New Testament Interpretation at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He is the author of numerous books and articles, Christ Died For Our Sins (Pickwick, 2015) and Removing the Stain of Racism from the Southern Baptist Convention (B&H Academic, 2017). He regularly preaches and lectures throughout the country.

Jemar Tisby

Jemar Tisby is president of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective where he writes about race, religion, and culture. He is the co-host of the Pass The Mic podcast and a PhD student in History at the University of Mississippi.

Dr. Tiffany Gill

Tiffany M. Gill is an Associate Professor in the Department of Black American Studies and the Department of History at the University of Delaware. She earned a doctorate in American History at Rutgers University in 2003. Her research and teaching interests include African American History, Women’s History, the history of black entrepreneurship, fashion and beauty studies, and travel and migration throughout the African Diaspora. She is the author of Beauty Shop Politics: African American Women’s Activism in the Beauty Industry (University of Illinois Press, 2010) which was awarded the 2010 Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize by the Association of Black Women Historians. In addition, she has served as a subject editor for African American National Biography, and has had her work published and reprinted in several journals and edited volumes.

Keas Keasler

Keas Keasler is a professor of theology and the program director of Christian Spiritual Formation at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas.
Previously, he was the teaching pastor of Rhythm Church in Miami, Florida, a non-denominational church he co-founded in 2010. He has his B.A. from Baylor University, M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in theology.
Keas has done extensive work in the areas of spiritual formation and missiology, presented at various conferences around the country, and serves on the board of the Ecclesia Network, a missional network of churches and leaders in North America. Ordained as a Baptist minister, Keas has a deep love for the global church, having traveled and done mission work in over forty countries and preached on six continents. He and his wife, Sarah, live in Wichita.

Curtis Woods

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.

Juan Sanchez

Since 2005, Juan has served as senior pastor of High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. He is a graduate of the University of Florida (B.M.Ed.) and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D.). In addition to training pastors in the United States and Latin America, Juan is also a council member of The Gospel Coalition and cofounder and president of Coalición. At the denominational level, Juan serves as recording secretary for The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention and in 2016 was appointed to the faculty of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as assistant professor of Christian theology. Juan is married to Jeanine, and they live in metro Austin, along with their five daughters, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren.

Lisa Rodriguez-Watson

Lisa Rodriguez-Watson works as Leadership Development and Training Director at the Christian Community Development Association, and is a board member of Missio Alliance. Educated at Florida International University and Golden Gate Seminary, she now lives in Washington, DC where she is a mom to 3 fantastic children, Nathan, Elias, and Annelies, and wife to her best friend Matthew.

Dr. J. Nicholas Reid

Dr. Nicholas Reid joined the faculty of RTS-Orlando in 2017 and serves as Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies. He teaches core courses related to Old Testament and covenant theology and offers advanced electives in the languages and cultures of the Ancient Near East.
A native of Mississippi, Dr. Reid received the M.Div. and numerous academic awards at RTS Jackson. Post-graduate studies took him to the United Kingdom where he earned a Master of Theology at the University of Aberdeen in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, followed by a Master of Studies with distinction in cuneiform studies at the University of Oxford and, finally, the D.Phil. in Oriental Studies with an emphasis on cuneiform also at the University of Oxford.
Reid also works as an Associate Editor of Hebrew for BibleMesh. Previously, he was a Visiting Research Scholar at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, and taught Old Testament at Reformation Bible College, Sanford, FL.
Dr. Reid’s research interests cover a broad range of topics, including social history, the biblical text, as well as unpublished epistolary, literary, and administrative cuneiform texts. Dr. Reid and his wife, Blair, live in the greater Orlando area with their four children.

Pastor Darryl Williamson

Since 2010, Darryl Williamson has served as the Lead Pastor of Living Faith Bible Fellowship in Tampa, FL. He serves on the Leadership Council of The Gospel Coalition and often speaks on racial reconciliation, biblical justice, spiritual formation, and ethics. As a software executive, he has also lectured globally on technology and business performance. Darryl has been married to his wife Julie for 29 years and they have two adult children.


2:00 PM –  3:15 PM | Session 1
  • Worship
  • Redemption and Restoration: Recovering the Right Gospel as the New Reformation| Pastor Darryl Williamson
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Panel 1
  • The History of Racial Tension in the American Church | Dr. Matthew Hall, Curtis Woods, Jemar Tisby, Dr. Tiffany Gill
4:30PM – 7:00 PM
  • Dinner Break
7:00 PM | Session 2
  • Worship
  • 1 Timothy 4:16 | Dr. Jarvis Williams
  • A Conversation About Woke Church | Dr. Eric Mason
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM | Session 3
  • 9:00 AM – Worship
  • 9:30 AM – Orthodoxy: Right Gospel Thinking | Dr. Juan Sanchez
  • 10:35 AM – Orthopraxy: Right Gospel Living | Dr. Matthew Hall
11:30 AM – 2:00 PM | Lunch
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Panel 2
  • God’s View on Poverty and Economic Restoration | Dr. Sandra Richter, Keas Keasler, Curtis Woods, Dr. J. Nicholas Reid, Pastor Darryl Williamson
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM | Panel 3
  • The School to Prison Pipeline: How the Gospel and Churches Overcome Educational Injustice and Mass Incarceration | Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile, Jemar Tisby, Dr. Tiffany Gill, Dr. J. Nicholas Reid, Dr. Juan Sanchez
4:15 PM – 7:00 PM | Dinner Break
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Session 4
  • 7:00 PM – Worship
  • 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Orthopathos: Right Gospel Feeling | Dr. Sandra Richter
  • 8:35 PM – 9:30 PM A Right Gospel Movement | Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile
  • 9:35 PM – Gospel Proclamation and Response
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Session 5
  • 9:00 AM – Worship
  • 9:15 AM – 10:00 AM Praying for and Pursuing Justice in Light of the Gospel | Lisa Rodriguez-Watson
  • 10:05 AM – 10:55 AM A Conversation About Urban Apologetics | Pastor Christopher Brooks
  • 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM Closing Messaging: Ethics and the Transformation of the Church | Keas Keasler
  • 11:50 AM – Worship & Closing Prayer


Travel Details


Embassy Suites Tampa USF | 3705 Spectrum Boulevard | Tampa, FL 33612

Time & Date

Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 2:00 PM – Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 12:00 PM (EDT)