Conference Speakers

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DA Horton

D.A. Horton serves as Pastor of Reach Fellowship a church plant in North Long Beach, CA and as Chief Evangelist for the Urban Youth Workers Institute (UYWI). Prior to his current roles he served as an urban church planter/pastor in Kansas City, MO, a National Coordinator of Urban Student Ministries at the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and the Executive Director at ReachLife Ministries, the non-profit ministry of Reach Records.He is currently working on his Ph.D. in Applied Theology with a North American Missions emphasis at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Trillia Newell

Trillia Newbell is the author of If God is For Me, a 6-week Bible study releasing in January 2019. Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God's Good Gifts (2016), Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves (2015), United: Captured by God's Vision for Diversity (2014), and a children’s book, God’s Very Good Idea: A True Story of God’s Delightfully Different Family. You can find her at and follow her on twitter at @trillianewbell.

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Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah

Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is Milton B. Engebretson Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Soong-Chan received his Th.D. from Duke University. Rah is formerly the founding Senior Pastor of the Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (CCFC), a multi-ethnic, urban ministry-focused church committed to living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice in the urban context. He previously served as an InterVarsity staff worker at MIT.

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Matthew Hoskinson

Matthew Hoskinson is the biracial son of a blue-collar family in Detroit. After completing his PhD in Theology, he went on to pastoral service, including most recently eight years as pastor of The First Baptist Church in the City of New York. He is a marathon runner, a certified coach, and a published author. He and his wife Kimberly live in Manhattan with their five children.


Stephen Stallard

Stephen is a Missiologist and the lead pastor at Mosaic Baptist Church in Brooklyn. He is a PhD candidate at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Sonya, the woman of his dreams! They have a daughter, Malia, and two sons: Xavier and Darius. Stephen loves NYC, especially its rich diversity of cultures. Stephen is a hot sauce connoisseur.

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Delroy Reid-Salmon

Delroy A. Reid-Salmon is Pastor of the Grace Baptist Chapel in New York and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture, Regents Park College. He has a PhD in Theology from the University of Birmingham and a Master of Divinity Degree from Harvard University Divinity School.

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George Russ

George Russ is the Executive Director of the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association and is the event sponsor. MNYBA catalyst for church planting and a conduit for resources to local churches in our network. We help churches to plant new churches, train indigenous missionary leaders, and connect churches here and across the country to make disciples of all nations.


Pastor James Roberson

James T. Roberson III is the Lead Pastor of Bridge Church NYC. He grew up in Westchester County, outside of New York City. James got his start in college ministry over 20 years ago at James Madison University, Howard University and University of North Texas. He remains diligently focused on social justice issues, and has developed programs on youth empowerment, AIDS, substance abuse and domestic violence. He started the Bridge Church in Brooklyn in 2014, and it has seen exponential growth with expansion to multiple Sunday services.


Raleigh Sadler

Raleigh Sadler has served in Christian ministry for the last 15 years. Currently, he is the founder and executive director of Let My People Go in NYC. His passion is to see the local church fight global injustices, like human trafficking, by loving those most vulnerable.

As a speaker, his work has taken him to universities and churches across the country speaking on how the Christian faith frees us to explore justice and mercy in our communities. He believes it is the responsibility of the church to love those who are at risk of exploitation. His forthcoming book, Vulnerable: Rethinking Human Trafficking (Broadman and Holman) will become available January 2


Shawn Green

Shawn is one of the pastors at Mosaic Baptist Church in Brooklyn. His expertise is in crafting multicultural worship experiences. Shawn grew up in the Midwest, loves to follow sports, and enjoys cooking.


Emily Charles

Emily is one of the worship leaders at Mosaic Baptist Church in Brooklyn. She is homeschooling Mom, has a degree in education, and is a wedding planner. She is married to Thiessen, and they have three boys.