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Midwest Gospel Preaching Summit — “Preaching Changes Lives”

October 11 - October 12


Three nationally known preachers with a passion for training pastors and ministers will headline our second Midwest Gospel Preaching Summit, focusing on the theme Preaching Changes Lives (Romans 10:9-17). Mt Zion Baptist Church and Upper House in Madison, Wisconsin, are cohosts of this transformative Summit for pastors and ministers committed to advancing the spiritual growth of their congregants and the church as a whole.


Romans 10:9-17, the Scriptural foundation of this Summit, emphasizes the importance of hearing and responding to God’s Word, especially the crucial role the preacher plays in bringing people to faith through sharing the message of salvation through Jesus Christ. The Summit’s speakers will delve into this passage’s nuances and share ways their fellow pastors can convincingly communicate the gospel message and inspire their listeners to take action in response.


Our speakers—the Rev. Dr. Danielle L. Brown, the Rev. Dr. Jerry M. Carter, Jr., and the Rev. Dr. William Curtis—have deep insight into how to preach the transformative Word of God and engage their listeners. These speakers will, through their own preaching and presentation at the Summit, equip attendees to preach with greater confidence, fearlessly and with conviction. We pray that everyone who attends will personally celebrate this statement, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:15b, NKJV)


Whether you are a new or experienced preacher, our Summit will give you essential tools that will empower you in your work as a preacher. Please register and join us at Upper House in Madison, Wisconsin.


Our Super Early Bird rate is available only through May 8 (see below).


The Hosts

Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Madison, Wisconsin, was founded in 1911 and is one of Wisconsin’s oldest predominantly African American congregations. Mt. Zion has a long history of community service and a deep commitment to equipping healthy pastors to grow healthy congregations and, in turn, advance healthy communities. Pastor Allen serves as the president of the African American Council of Churches; he is passionate about providing theological training to African American pastors who are bi-vocational or serving their congregation without seminary degrees.

Upper House is a nonprofit center for Christian gathering and learning committed to connecting faith, ideas, and communities in Madison and regionally. Located in the heart of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Upper House hosts programs and conferences, often in partnership with local ministries, to advance theological education and spiritual formation. A venue known for its space and hospitality, Upper House is delighted to cohost this conference with Mt. Zion.

The Plenary Speakers

Our conference speakers bring decades of experience in training seminarians, as well as years of service shepherding congregations—


Rev. Dr. Danielle L. Brown is the 10th Senior Pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Plainfield, NJ, and Theologian-in-Residence at Princeton Seminary’s Black Theology and Leadership Institute.




Rev. Dr. Jerry M. Carter, Jr. is 14th pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church of Morristown, NJ and founder of the How Shall They Hear (HSTH) Preaching Conference.




Rev. Dr. William Curtis is Senior Pastor at Mount Ararat Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, PA, an instructor at United Theological Seminary, and Co-owner of  The Church Online.





Registration Rates

Super Early-Bird Rate (only available through May 8)

In-person $75  |  Virtual $50 

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Melissa Shackelford


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