Gospel Reflections from the Mountaintop

April 3-4, 2018 in Memphis, TN
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About MLK50

Racial unity is a gospel issue and all the more urgent 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s death. Join the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and The Gospel Coalition at a special event, “MLK50: Gospel Reflections from the Mountaintop,” taking place April 3-4, 2018, in Memphis, TN. Key speakers include Matt Chandler, Jackie Hill Perry, Eric Mason, Russell Moore, John Piper, Benjamin Watson, and many others.

The 50th anniversary of King’s tragic death marks an opportunity for Christians to reflect on the state of racial unity in the church and the culture. It creates the occasion to reflect on where Christians have been and look ahead to where we must go as we pursue racial unity in the midst of tremendous tension.

Phillip Bethancourt

Don Carson

Matt Chandler

H.B. Charles

Jason Cook

Dr. Charlie Dates

Carl Ellis

Karen Ellis

Christina Edmondson

Mika Edmondson

Steve Gaines

Justin Giboney

Collin Hansen

Steven Harris

Jackie Hill Perry

Beau Hughes

Trip Lee

Crawford Loritts

Eric Mason

Russell Moore

Eli Morris

Trillia Newbell

Bartholomew Orr

Ray Ortlund

John Perkins

John Piper

Kelly Rosati

Juan Sanchez

Melvin Charles Smith

Rufus Smith

Bishop Ed Stephens

Craig Strickland

Karen Swallow Prior

BJ Thompson

Jason Turner

Stephen Um

Andrew Walker

Benjamin Watson

Ralph West

Darryl Williamson

Sandy Willson

Ravi Zacharias

Afshin Ziafat


April 3rd, 2018 – Tuesday
  • 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Check-In
  • 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Conference Sessions
April 4th, 2018 – Wednesday
  • 8:30 AM – 9:30 PM | Conference Sessions
Plenary Sessions
  • The Power of Unearned Suffering: Celebrating MLK’s Legacy after 50 Years
  • Black and White and Red All Over: Why Racial Justice Is a Gospel Issue
  • The Glory of God and Racial Unity
  • A House Divided Cannot Stand: Understanding and Overcoming the Inconsistencies in White Evangelicals on Racial Issues
  • To The Ends of the Earth: The Great Commission, the Global Persecuted Church, and Racial Unity
  • The Civil Rights Movement 50 Years after MLK: An Interview with Russell Moore
  • The Church without Walls: How God Can Use the Unified Church to Serve Our Divided Communities
  • The Most Segregated Hour in America: Overcoming Divisions to Pursue MLK’s Vision of Racial Harmony
Short Talks
  • Equipping the Next Generation to Embrace Gospel Diversity
  • Don’t Lose Heart: Why It’s Worth It to Fight for Racial Harmony Even When We Don’t See Progress
  • Should We Give Up on Multi-ethnic Ministry?
  • Christian Hip Hop and the Next Generation of Christian Racial Unity
  • Memphis 50 Years after Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Civil Rights Storytellers: Remembering the Legacy of MLK through Our Experiences
  • Dealing with the Complex Aspects of King
  • The State of Racial Tension in America: Black Lives Matter, White Supremacy, Immigration, Systemic Injustice, and Your Community
  • Evangelicals and the Future of Racial Unity


Danny Akin
President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Thabiti Anyabwile*
Pastor, Anacostia River Church

Phillip Bethancourt
Executive Vice President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Felix Cabrera
Pastor, Iglesia Bautista Central

Don Carson*
Professor, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Matt Chandler*
Pastor, The Village Church

H.B. Charles*
Pastor, Shiloh Church

Jason Cook*
Associate Pastor, Fellowship Memphis

Ed Copeland
Pastor, New Zion Baptist Church

Charlie Dates 
Pastor, Progressive Baptist Church

Byron Day 
President, National African-American Fellowship

David Dockery 
President, Trinity International University

Ligon Duncan
Chancellor & CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary

Brian Dye
Director, The Legacy

Mika Edmondson* 
Pastor, New City Fellowship

Christina Edmondson 
Dean of Intercultural Student Development, Calvin College

Carl Ellis
Academic Dean, The Makazi Institute

Karen Ellis
President, The Makazi Institute

David Fleming
Pastor, Champion Forest Baptist Church

Ronnie Floyd 
Senior Pastor, Cross Church

Steve Gaines 
Pastor, Bellevue Baptist Church

Robby Gallaty 
Pastor, Long Hollow Baptist Church

Justin Giboney
Co-Founder, AND Campaign

Matt Hall*
Dean, Boyce College

Collin Hansen*
Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition

Steven Harris*
Director of Advocacy, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Jackie Hill Perry*
Writer, Speaker, & Artist, Humble Beast Records

D.A. Horton
Pastor, Reach Fellowship

Dean Inserra
Pastor, City Church Tallahasse

Dhati Lewis
Pastor, Blueprint Church

Shai Linne
Pastor, Risen Christ Fellowship

Nathan Lino*
Pastor, Northeast Houston Baptist Church

Louis Love
Pastor, New Life Fellowship Church

Dwight McKissic
Pastor, Cornerstone Baptist Church

Russell Moore*
President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Trillia Newbell*
Director of Community Outreach, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

John Onwucheckwa
Pastor, Cornerstone Atlanta

Ray Ortlund
Pastor, Immanuel Nashville

Jason Paredes
Pastor, Fielder Church

Ben Peays
Executive Director, The Gospel Coalition

Vermon Pierre
Pastor, Roosevelt Community Church

Eric Redmond
Assistant Professor, Moody Bible Institute

C.J. Rhodes
Pastor, Mount Helm Baptist Church

Juan Sanchez*
Pastor, High Pointe Baptist Church

Kevin Smith
Executive Director, Baptist Convention of Maryland & Delaware

Walter Strickland
Professor, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

BJ Thompson
Co-Founder, Build a Better Us

Jemar Tisby
President & Co-Founder, The Witness 

Stephen Um
Pastor, Citylife Presbyterian Church

A.B. Vines
Pastor, New Seasons Church

Todd Wagner
Pastor, Watermark Community Church

Benjamin Watson
Tight End, Baltimore Ravens

Darryl Williamson
Pastor, Living Faith Bible Fellowship

Curtis Woods
Associate Executive Director for Convention Relations, Kentucky Baptist Convention

Jenny Yang
Vice President of Advocacy & Policy, World Relief

Afshin Ziafat*
Pastor, Providence Church

*Indicates participation in the MLK50 Programming Committee. A Memphis-area Local Advisory Council will also be added soon.



Memphis Convention Center
255 N. Main Street
Memphis, TN 38103


April 3rd, 2018 – Tuesday
Check-in – 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Conference – 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM

April 4th, 2018 – Wednesday
Conference – 8:30 AM – 9:30 PM


The Memphis International Airport (MEM) is about 12 miles from the convention center.

We have partnered with Delta and United to provide airline discount codes for your travel to Memphis. See below for details on obtaining the discounts.

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