Featured Speaker: Dr. James C. Perkins, Pastor of Greater Christ Baptist Church and President of the Progressive National Baptist Convention. The Reverend Dr. James C. Perkins was ordained to Gospel Ministry in 1974. He hasserved as pastor of Greater Christ Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan for thirty years. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio (1990, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Fellow). An internationally recognized minister, Dr. Perkins fulfills speaking engagements at churches, seminaries, and conferences across the United States and abroad. He is the author ofBuilding Up Zion’s Walls: Ministry for Empowering the African American FamilyandPlaybook for Christian Manhood: 12 Key Plays for Black Teen Boys, published by Judson Press (Valley Forge, Pennsylvania), His other writings, as well as profiles of his ministry and details of his community activism, have been included in both secular and Christian publications such asBlack Enterprise,USA Today, Ebony, American Baptist,The African-AmericanPulpit, several edited works published by Judson Press, and the best-sellingSuccess Runs in Our Raceby George Fraser. Believing that the church has a responsibility to serve both the temporal as well as the spiritual needs of the surrounding community, Dr. Perkins has established numerous enterprises that support that vision. In 1992, he founded the Fellowship Nonprofit Housing Corporation as a vehicle for community economic development. In the spring of 2006, Providence Place was constructed. This $10 million development provides fifty single family homes for low and middle income families. Responding to the crisis he witnessed in the available educational options for young, urban African American males, Dr. Perkins instituted the Benjamin E. Mays Male Academy in 1993. This Kindergarten through sixth grade Christian school for boys positively impacted the future of hundreds of males in its 17 years of existence.
10:00 A.M. ET Chapel Presentation in Ransdell Chapel