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Midwest Gospel Preaching Summit — “Preaching that Changes Lives”

Wed 10.11.23 - Thu 10.12.23

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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 that 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.



Wednesday, October 11

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Registration

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM | Welcome | Worship | Opening Sermon with Rev. Dr. Marcus Allen

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM | Break

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM | Preaching Class with Rev. Dr. Danielle Brown

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM | Breakout Sessions

  • Hon. Rev. Everett Mitchell | Preaching Justice in an Unjust Society
  • Bishop Godfrey Stubbs | Maintaining the House: Preaching Beyond the Pulpit
  • Rev. Keith Evans | Preaching with a Purpose

5:00 PM | Break for Dinner

6:30 PM  | Opening Service at Mt. Zion Baptist Church

  • Rev. Dr. Danielle Brown | Sermon
  • Rev. Dr. William Curtis | Sermon

Thursday, October 12

8:30 AM – 9:05 AM | Conversation about the Church and AI with Pastor Isaiah Oby

9:05 AM – 9:15 AM | Welcome and Introduction for Day 2

9:15 AM – 10:30 AM | Preaching Class with Rev. Dr. William Curtis

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM | Break

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM | Logos Bible Software Presentation

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Panel Discussion | Transitioning Our Churches through Troubling Times

  • Rev. Dr. Danielle Brown
  • Rev. Dr. Jerry M. Carter, Jr.
  • Rev. Dr. William Curtis
  • Pastor John W. McVicker, Sr.
  • Pastor Raymond Monk (Moderator)
  • Pastor Marcio Sierra, Jr.

12:00 – 1:15 PM | Lunch at Upper House

1:15 PM – 2:30 PM | Preaching Class with Rev. Dr. Jerry M. Carter, Jr.

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM | Break

2:45 PM – 4:00 PM | Breakout Sessions

  • Hon. Rev. Everett Mitchell | Preaching Justice in an Unjust Society
  • Bishop Godfrey Stubbs | Maintaining the House: Preaching beyond the Pulpit
  • Rev. Keith Evans | Preaching with a Purpose

6:30 PM | Worship at Mt. Zion Baptist Church

  • Rev. Dr. Jerry M. Carter | Sermon


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, the first woman to hold this position since the church’s founding in 1908. An increasingly sought-after preacher and workshop leader with the ability to communicate across generations, Dr. Brown has had the opportunity to share the Gospel throughout this country and in South Africa. She holds a Master of Education and Bachelor of Science Degrees from Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia, and both a Master of Divinity Degree and Master of Arts Degree from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Jersey. She earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Palmer Theological Seminary in St. David’s Pennsylvania, where she studied Leadership and Church Renewal. She has a passion for mentoring and assisting in the development of faith and community leaders and is a site supervisor in the Princeton Theological Seminary, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, and Pillar College Field Education Programs, has taught on the adjunct faculty of New York Theological Seminary, and served two terms on the Board of Trustees of New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Through the years, Dr. Brown has been the recipient of multiple awards and recognitions for her work in the church and community. In 2022, she was inducted into the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.


Rev. Dr. Jerry M. Carter, Jr. is the 14th pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church of Morristown, NJ. Dr. Carter is a faithful theologian whose commitment to articulate the gospel in both written and oratory forms has transformed and shaped the lives of generations. He is a highly sought-after revivalist, keynote speaker, lecturer, mentor and teacher, who has been invited to share the gospel on numerous platforms throughout the country. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Denison University, in Granville, Ohio, a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Philosophy degree from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. He is president of the African-American Clergy Association of Morris County, founder and host of the How Shall They Hear Preaching conference, and distinguished visiting professor of the Transformational Preaching Doctorate of Ministry program at New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Brunswick, NJ. Dr. Carter is also an author who has inspired through his published works in the New Interpreters Handbook of Preaching, Oxford Sermons Volume III, Evangelizing the Black Male in the 21st Century and the African American Pulpit. His latest work, “The Empowered Life: Living Well in the Spirit” was published in 2015. Dr. Carter is a native of Columbus, Ohio, and the proud father of three children, Jerry M. III, Zachary Daniel, and Camille. 


Rev. Dr. William H. Curtis accepted the call to ministry at 17. For seven years, he served as the Senior Pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church in York, Pennsylvania; since 1997, he has served as the Senior Pastor at Mount Ararat Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, PA, an urban ministry with more than 10,000 members. Dr. Curtis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies and Philosophy from Morgan State University, a Master of Divinity degree from Howard University School of Divinity, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary, where Dr. Curtis has also been an instructor and graduated several groups of doctoral students at the institution. He is also Co-Owner of The Church Online, a successful technology and full-service marketing firm that provides top-of-the-line services to ministries all over the world. In addition to being a member of many community boards and fraternities, Dr. Curtis has received numerous honors and awards. In 2009, he was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College. In the spring of 2010, Dr. Curtis moved from the speaking arena into the publishing arena with his first book, FAITH— Learning to Live Without Fear, currently in its fourth printing, followed by Dressed for Victory: Putting on the Full Armor of God.


  • Rev. Dr. Marcus Allen
  • Rev. Everett Mitchell
  • Bishop Godfrey Stubbs
  • Rev. Keith Evans
  • Pastor John W. McVicker, Sr.
  • Pastor Raymond Monk
  • Pastor Marcio Sierra, Jr.
  • Pastor Isaiah Oby


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.


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MINI GUIDE  to Madison Dining and Events

Attendees, you may find a nice place to eat, walk, or explore through this hyperlinked resource.



Hilton Garden Inn
770 Regent Street Madison, Wisconsin 53715 | 608-251-9588

The Hilton Garden Inn is a 7-minute walk to Upper House straight down East Campus Mall. (Upper House is located at 365 East Campus Mall.)  W

Hotel Monona
722 John Nolan Drive, Madison, WI 53713| 608-255-7400

The Hotel Monona is located near Highway 12-18, approximately two miles from Upper House. While we do not have a block of rooms reserved, the hotel is offering reservations at $109 per night. To make your reservation, call Hotel Monona and let them know to book your room under the Midwest Gospel Preaching Summit.



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