Conference Speakers & Instructors Bio's
Ms. Kabrina Bass has served as Christian Education Director for the Sixth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church comprised of 546 congregations in the state of Georgia. As the Christian Education Director, she brings creative and innovative vision and takes and "out of box" approach to ministry. She believes Christian Education is holistic and must address all aspect of Christian life. She is a regional instructor for the Connecticut Christian Education Department of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and a member of the Christian Education Certification Administrative team.
Tonya C. Evans
Tonya is a graduate of Grambling State University with a Bachelors of Arts in English/Liberal Arts. She also has a Masters in General Administration with an emphasis in Public Administration from Central Michigan University. She presently serves as the Bureau Director of the Milwaukee Enrollment Services for the Department of Health Services of the State of Wisconsin. By providing a vision and plan for about 450 staff, she is responsible for ensuring that almost a half million citizens of Milwaukee County receive the medical and food benefits that they both need and are entitled.
Tonya has been blessed to be a regular Women's Day Speaker for churches in the Midwest. She also serves as a teacher for various conferences and institutes for the Women's and Minister's Wives Divisions. Tonya continues to be involved in all ministries of Greater Mt. Eagle Baptist Church. She serves as a Sunday School teacher of the Women's Class, instructor of the Women's Bible Study, coordinator of Women's Day and coordinator of various women fellowship activities.
Believing that God was the ultimate strategic planner by developing the plan of salvation even before the formation of the world, Tonya consults with churches in developing Strategic Plans. It only makes sense that churches begin to plan for the future and be prepared for environmental, external and internal changes - ensuring that God's work is done in decency and in order.
She is a firm believer that it is not only important to know what the Bible says but it is also important to apply the word to our lives so that we can become excellent examples of who God really is. Because she loves professional basketball and football, she often uses sports analogies and she believes that we, should always bring our "A" game when representing Christ!
Dr. Elliott Greene
Dr. Elliott Greene is the founder of Tyrannua Hall Foundation for Pastor Development. He currently serves as a professor at Faith Seminary located in Tacoma, WA and formerly taught at Dallas Theological Seminary, Westminister Theological Seminary and Redeemer Seminary. He has over 22 years experience in instruction in Biblical Languages.
Dr. Larry L. Harris
Dr. Larry L. Harris is the Pastor of Ben Washington Baptist Church in Irving, TX. He is the founder and former Pastor of the Word Fellowship Church,Cincinnati,Ohio. He also served as the Chairman of the Christian Ministries Department of the Temple Baptist College in Springdale Ohio, where he taught: Systematic Theology, Christian Leadership, and a variety of Biblical Studies courses.
Dr. Floyd D. James
Dr. Floyd D. James is a native of Chicago, Illinois and is the senior pastor of the Greater Rock M.B. Church in Chicago where he has pastored for 25 years. He is the President of the Biblical Exposition Conference (BEC). Pastor James served as Vice President and Instructor for New Baptist Ministers Fellowship of Chicago and Vicinity, President of the Network of Urban Black Baptist Churches; Assistant Director and Instructor for Minister's Division of National Baptist Congress of Christian Education, and General Secretary of the Moderator's Auxiliary of National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. He holds a Bachelors Degree from Blackburn College, University of the Americas in Pueblo, Mexico; a Master of Theological Studies degree from Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary, and a Honorary Doctorate from Gospel Outreach Theological, Houston, Texas.
Dr. Lamonte King
Dr. Lamonte King serves as Senior Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in South Los Angelos. He has served there for 10 years. He currently teaches Old Testament Prophets at Bethany Christian Bible College and formerly taught Biblical Preaching and Pastoral Theology at Los Angeles Bible Training School.
Rev. Rodney Lake
Rev. Rodney Lake serves as pastor of the Pembroke Fellowship Church located in Pembroke, Illinois. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Trinity International University, majoring in Chrisian Ministry and Organizational Leadership. He holds a Masters of Arts degree in Theological Studies from Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary.
Rev. Joseph Lightfoot
Rev. Joseph Lightfoot is the Associate Minister of the Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, in Kankakee, IL, where Rev. Howard Wills, Sr., is the pastor. He is passionate about his relationship with God and preaching God's Word. Prior to completing his degree at Western Kentucky University, Rev. Lightfoot graduated with an associate degree in Liberal Studies from KCC in 1989. He is a 1987 graduate of Kankakee High School and currently works as the Coordinator of Brother to Brother and Academic Advisor at KCC. He and his wife Staci reside in Kankakee and are the proud parents of Joseph Willie III, Sion Joseph, and Jace Sanaa.
Rev. Clifford L. Mayes
Pastor Mayes currently serves as the Pastor at The Macedonia Baptist Church in Toledo. During his tenure he has served as secretary of the Baptist Ministers Conference (2003-2004) and Moderator of the Ohio New Life Baptist Association (2007-2010) both of Toledo, Ohio. He previously served as liaison of young pastors and moderators of the Moderators Division of the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. under the immediate past President, Dr. Julius Scruggs.
Pastor Mayes was educated at the Colbert County High School class of 1991. His formal education was received at Northwest Shoals Community College of Tuscumbia, Alabama and University of North Alabama, Florence, Alabama. In addition he studied at Heritage Bible College of Huntsville, Alabama.
Pastor Mayes is nationally renowned for his preaching prowess as he constantly travels the length and breadth of this country. He has preached numerous times in the National Baptist Convention and in the Garnett Nabrit lecture series of the American Baptist College of Nashville, Tennessee. Most importantly he is appreciated and adored by the saints of The Macedonia Baptist Church for his passionate declaration, his personable demeanor, pragmatic doctrine, and his persistent desire to lead the church to a higher level of worship and work for the Lord Jesus Christ. He is also the proud father of two beautiful children: Ashtoni and Carsten.
Rev. Tyler J. Prude
Rev. Tyler J. Prude is the pastor of Second Baptist Church located in Kankakee, Illinois. Pastor Prude attended Kankakee Community College, Olivet Nazarene University, and graduated from Governor's State University. He is Vice President of Biblical Exposition Conference (BEC).
Rev. Romell Williams
Rev. Romell Williams is a native of Chicago, and represents the third generation of men in his family to preach the Word of God. Rev. Williams was educated at the historical Moody Bible Institute. He has served as an assistant pastor of the Bright Star Church in Chicago and as the youth pastor at Rock of Ages Baptist Church Maywood, IL. He has been pastoring at Lilydale Progressive Baptist Church since 2004, and he has committed himself to the spiritual health and growth of the members and the Roseland community.