Rev. Dorothy Clark is a native of Thomasville, Georgia and has resided in Durham, NC since 1998. She was licensed to preach by the Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church in Durham, NC and ordained by the East Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Association in Creedmoor, NC. She has served as an Associate Minister at Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church and at Lawson Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Roxboro, NC. She is currently Co-Pastor of Change Paths Ministry in Durham, NC. Reverend Clark has served in prison ministry in New York State, Butner, and Durham, NC. She has also ministered to persons in nursing homes, and women who have been abused and have low self-esteem. Currently she serves as operations coordinator for the Hands of Christ Mission in Person County, NC. Rev. Clark is an accomplished actor, playwright and director. She honed her craft with Rites & Reason Theatre at Brown University, was co/founder and artistic director of Renaissance Revival Theatre in Binghamton, NY, and founder and artistic director of Front Porch Entertainment in Durham, NC. She has performed on stages and at church events throughout North Carolina and the Northeast. She is also a noted trainer and workshop leader.
For over 50 years, the Rev. Dr. Yvonne V. Delk, has been a strong ally in the fight for human and civil rights for people of color, children and the poor. Today, she remains a clear, prolific and moral voice in search of justice and equality for the oppressed within the U.S. interfaith community. In 1990 Rev. Delk became the first woman and first African American Executive Director of the Community Renewal Society (CRS), a faith-based Chicago metropolitan area mission agency. CRS, founded in 1882 as the Chicago City Missionary Society, an agency related to the United Church of Christ (UCC), that works to empower people to dismantle racism and poverty in order to build just communities. From 1981 to 1990 Rev. Delk was Executive Director of the UCC’s Office of Church in Society, an organization that seeks to relate biblical teachings to current social issues. In 1974, she became the first African American woman to be ordained in the UCC. From 1984 to 1997 served as a representative of the United Church of Christ to the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva, Switzerland. In this capacity, served as the chair of the WCC’s Program to Combat Racism; worked with a committee of 25 persons from all regions of the globe; and visited five continents to build alliances between movement groups and churches on issues of racial justice and the ending of apartheid in South Africa. Rev. Delk currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Coalition to Transfrom Care for Persons Living with Advanced Illness, and she is the founding Director of the Center for African American Theological Studies located in Chicago, Illinois.
Peace Lee is a Th.d candidate in Homiletics and Theology at Duke Divinity School. She has an M.Div and an M.A. in Spiritual Formation from Princeton Theological Seminary and is a trained spiritual director through Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development. Her research explores the intersection of religion, politics, rhetoric, poet(h)ics, and the afterlives of racially gendered settler colonialism/capitalism. She is a Louisville Institute Doctoral Fellow and has been awarded the John T. Galloway Award in Expository Preaching and the Asian American Ministry Award from Princeton Seminary. She is passionate about poetry, sacralizing rituals and practices, and all things blue.
The Rev. Dr. Jerusha Matsen Neal, Assistant Professor Homiletics at Duke Divinity School, is an ordained ABC(USA) pastor who recently served as a Global Ministries mission partner in the Fiji Islands through the United Methodist Church. She has spent her ministry preaching in cross-cultural spaces and bridging denominational communities. God’s work in these in-between locations has convinced her that preaching matters now more than ever. Her forthcoming book, The Overshadowed Preacher (Wm. B. Eerdmans) asks the sticky question of what we mean when we say preaching is “anointed.” It challenges preachers to leave behind their false shadows and be overshadowed by the Spirit of God. Neal is committed to encouraging the voices of young preachers– and particularly the voices of women – in the risky proclamation of gospel hope. A former actress and playwright, she has authored a collection of dramatic monologues, Blessed: Monologues for Mary (2012).