Ministers Week 2018

Date(s) - 02/05/2018 - 02/07/2018
All Day

University Christian Church


Thank you for your interest in Ministers Week 2018.  Pre-registration is now closed but you can still register at the registration tables starting at 4:00 pm Monday, February 5 at University Christian Church.


On behalf of the students, faculty and staff of Brite Divinity School and Texas Christian University, we invite you to campus for three days of inspiring worship, thought-provoking lectures, enriching workshops and an uplifting organ recital and hymn sing. This year, in the midst of uncertainty and social division, we reflect on the call of Jeremiah to seek the shalom of the place in which we find ourselves for in its shalom, we find our own (Jeremiah 29:7).  Our preacher is Rev. Dr. Frederick Douglass Haynes, III and plenary speakers are Andrew Root, Scott Bader-Saye, and Shelly Matthews.
As this event is a gift from Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University and University Christian Church there is no general registration fee; however, pre-registration is encouraged.
We look forward to seeing you at Ministers Week 2018!
Newell Williams
President and Professor of Modern and American Church History
Brite Divinity School
Angela Kaufman
Minister to the University and Church Relations Officer
Texas Christian University

Ministers Week Preacher Announcement

As the Poor People’s Campaign reaches the national stage, emerging commitments by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II have made it necessary for him to be in Washington D.C. during Ministers Week, and he regrets that he must cancel this speaking engagement. We wish him well with these endeavors.

We are very pleased to have Rev. Dr. Frederick Haynes, III from Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas fill the pulpit this year. You will be challenged and inspired by his passionate and eloquent preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ.



Rev. Dr. Frederick Douglass Haynes, III, is a prophetic pastor, passionate leader, social activist, and eloquent orator and educator engaged in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, fighting against racial injustice; committed to economic justice and empowerment in under-served communities and touching and transforming the lives of the disenfranchised. For 31 years, Dr. Haynes has served as a visionary and innovative senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas. Under his servant leadership, the ministry and membership have grown from less than 100 members in 1983 to over 12,000.

A graduate of Bishop College in Dallas, Dr. Haynes earned an MDiv from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a DMin from the Graduate Theological Foundation including the opportunity to study at Christ Church, Oxford University, England.

​Dr. Haynes is a committed community activist forming alliances with community leaders and Dallas city officials to organize a Faith Summit on Poverty.  He has worked with the Center for Responsible Lending and was publicly applauded by President Barack Obama for the THR!VE Intern and Leadership Program for young black males. As part of his commitment to community transformation, he serves as chairman of the board of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, as a board member of the Conference of National Black Churches and the National Action Network, and on the Board of Trustees of Paul Quinn College, Dallas, where he has also taught as an adjunct professor.

Dr. Haynes has received numerous awards and honors for his ministry and activism. Ebony Magazine named him to its Power 100 list of most influential African Americans in 2012. He has been inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame. He was honored to give remarks at the memorial service of President Nelson Mandela and to be the featured speaker at The Congressional Black Caucus’ Annual Prayer Breakfast in 2011.

Dr. Haynes is the author of Healing Our Broken Village (2008) and Soul Fitness (2007).


“No One Deserves to be Crucified: Quarreling with the ‘Good Thief’ (Luke 23:39-43)”
“’No tear shall be lost’: Resurrection Hope in Desperate Times”

Rev. Dr. Shelly Matthews, Professor of New Testament at Brite Divinity School, is the co-editor, with Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre, of the Feminist Studies in Religion Book Series, FSRBooks; and the co-founder and co-chair, with Tat-Siong Benny Liew, of the Society of Biblical Literature consultation on Racism, Pedagogy and Biblical Studies. Her current projects include a feminist biblical theology of resurrection and a co-authored feminist commentary on the Gospel of Luke. Previous publications include Perfect Martyr: The Stoning of Stephen and the Construction of Christian Identity (2010), The Acts of the Apostles: Taming the Tongues of Fire (2013), and an essay on domestic violence and Christian scripture, included in Sexual Violence and Sacred Texts (ed. Amy Kalmanofsky, 2017). Dr. Matthews holds the ThD from the Harvard Divinity School, the MDiv from Boston University School of Theology, and the BA from the University of North Dakota. She is an ordained United Methodist minister from the Dakotas area conference.


“Fear and the Common Good: Why Fear is a Bad Guide but a Good Companion”
“Fear and Proximity: The Power of Being With”

Dr. Scott Bader-Saye is the Academic Dean and the Helen and Everett H. Jones Professor of Christian Ethics and Moral Theology at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, TX. He is the author of Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear and Church and Israel After Christendom. His most recent book is Formed by Love, a contribution to the series Church’s Teaching for a Changing World. He is also a contributor to The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics and The Cambridge Companion to the Gospels. He received his degrees from Davidson College, Yale Divinity School, and Duke University. As an active layperson, he has served in volunteer and staff positions for youth ministry and adult formation in various churches, most recently as Theologian in Residence at St. Julian of Norwich Episcopal Church in northwest Austin. While teaching at the University of Scranton, he and his wife founded Peacemeal, an Episcopal house church community. His current research focuses on the theology and ethics of transgender affirmation


“Faith Formation in a Secular Age: How the Theological is Done, Lessons from Dietrich Bonhoeffer”
“The Secular Age, Science, and Faith Formation: Is There a Way Forward?”

Dr. Andrew Root is the Carrie Olson Baalson Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary. He is most recently the author of Faith Formation in a Secular Age (2017) and The Grace of Dogs: A Boy a Black Lab and Father’s Search for the Canine Soul (2017). He has also authored Christopraxis: A Practical Theology of the Cross (2014) and Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker (2014). Dr. Root puts together theology and storytelling to explore how ministry leads us into encounter with divine action. His book, The Relational Pastor (2013), as well as a four book series called A Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry break new ground in this direction. In 2012 his book The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry (with Kenda Creasy Dean, 2011) was Christianity Today Book of Merit. He has written a number of other books on ministry and theology such as The Children of Divorce: The Loss of Family as the Loss of Being (2010), The Promise of Despair (2010), Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry: From a Strategy of Influence to a Theology of Incarnation (2007) and Relationships Unfiltered (2009). Dr. Root earned his PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary and has worked in congregations, parachurch ministries, and social service programs.


Mr. Martinez earned both the BMUS and the MMUS in Organ Performance from Texas Christian University, where he studied with Emmet G. Smith. Under a Fulbright Scholarship he studied organ with Johannes Geffert at the Robert Schumann Conservatory in Düsseldorf, Germany. He has been on the faculty of the TCU Music Preparatory Division since 1991, where he has taught private piano and organ and developed the music technology program. In 1994, he joined the faculty of the TCU School of Music, teaching piano and theory; during the 1995-1996 academic year, he served as Interim Professor of Organ and Church Music/University Organist. He was appointed Coordinator of Class Piano in June of 2001.

In graduate school, he was TCU Church Music Intern at St. Stephen Presbyterian Church and currently serves as organist at St. Monica Catholic Church in Dallas.

As a performer, Guillermo Martinez has played recitals in Texas, Oklahoma, New York, and Germany. He is a member of the Fort Worth Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and the Texas Music Educators Association where he served as Keyboard Chairman for the College Division. He has presented workshops in both organ and music technology and has had performing ensembles at the local, state, and national meetings and conventions of Music Teachers National Association.

This program is made possible by the Emmet G. Smith Endowment Fund of Texas Christian University.


W1. Build Your Prayer

Taking Jeremiah 29:7 as our guide (But seek the welfare of the city, where I sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare), we will use LEGO® bricks to build what the city of your exile is like and your prayers for it. Even if you’ve never played with LEGOS, you can do this–we do a little skill building to get you started, and your hands will take over and surprise you with what they build.

Dr. Susan Chiasson, a co-conspirator at Galileo Christian Church, is a qualitative social science researcher who spent years listening to people NOT say what they meant. Then she discovered and was trained in the LEGO® Serious Play® methodology and materials. Now, she does interactive workshops to help people express thoughts that are taken-for-granted or ideas-I-didn’t-realize-I-had. She talks a little, her audience builds and talks more, everyone learns something. For more info, check out

W2. Funeralizing in Americana: Landscape, Meaning, and Narrative

“It’s just a funeral, not a coronation.” This perception was whispered by a layperson as we shook hands and exited for the graveside; we nodded slightly toward one another in agreement. The fiercely individualistic and self-absorbed culture of Americana is pushing and pulling the Christian funeral away from its liturgical and pastoral moorings. This decades old movement is accelerating. “It’s just a funeral,” however, is a slight; the funeral is a significant act of worship and pastoral work. There are moments in every funeral when hearts and ears are opened to receiving a transcendent word; death stills and stops all. In this ever changing landscape, the minister can still speak meaningful words that point toward the One God who created and loves all. Knowing the landscape, creating meaning, and using narrative can strengthen this significant ministry.

Newly retired, Neill Grimes stepped down from 37 years of ordained ministry in the fall of 2017. An MDiv graduate of Brite Divinity School (1980) with a DMin from Wesley Theological (2000) in “Story and Suffering,” Neill pastored four churches in four different locales, from the small, rural congregation to the large, multi-staff downtown church. During these years, he has observed and navigated the challenging nature of doing Christian funerals. Local customs, national trends, biblical and liturgical illiteracy, and a national funeral industry, all contribute to complicate this important pastoral task.

W3. Reimagining Justice: Ending the Death Penalty in Texas

Since 1982, the State of Texas has executed 543 people. For many the death penalty is an abstract concept of justice perceived as affecting only the individual on death row. Rev. DeAnna Golsan will share her firsthand experience walking with the mother of a young man facing execution, paint a new picture of what really happens on that last day, and discuss what kind of differences there are for a person convicted of Murder versus one convicted of Capital Murder. Executive Director Kristin Houlé of Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty will discuss recent death penalty developments in Texas, talk about the current charge for change, and tell you how you can help lead that change.

Rev. DeAnna Golsan serves Disciples Christian Church in Plano as their Senior Pastor. She is a proud graduate of Brite Divinity School and is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In 2013, DeAnna had a life changing experience when she met the mother of a young man sentenced to death for murder. Since that time, she has walked through his execution and found a new passion for ending the death penalty.

Kristin Houlé serves as the Executive Director of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, a statewide grassroots advocacy organization based in Austin, Texas. She has held this position since December 2008. As a Soros Justice Fellow from 2007-2008, Kristin conducted research and public education around the intersection of the death penalty and severe mental illness in Texas. Previously, she served for five years as the Program Associate for Amnesty International USA’s Program to Abolish the Death Penalty in Washington, DC. Kristin graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1998 with a BA in History.

W4. Passion Meets Purpose: Accompanying Young Adults for Mutual Transformation

Many congregational leaders don’t know much about accompanying 21-30 year olds through big developments in their personal and faith lives, or even the transition from CYF to adulthood. Young adults and congregational leaders could both benefit from greater wisdom and better resources for mutual accompaniment and transformation. Come explore how some young adults, congregations and general ministries are approaching this work.

Bonnie Osei-Frimpong has worked with NBA XPLOR for four years, facilitating the vocational and professional formation of young adults discerning hearts for care and service, and with XPLOR host congregations ready to experience transformative fellowship with young adults. Bonnie lives in intentional community in Athens, GA. Derek Wilkerson, former XPLOR Resident and current student at Brite Divinity School.



2018 Distinguished Minister Award Recipients
Rev. Phillip N. Jones
Rev. Dr. Jaquetta Chambers
Rev. Don Morrow
Rev. Dr. Irie L. Session

The Kenneth L. Teegarden Award
Rev. Robert & Gwen Bray

The Being Brite Award
First Christian Church, Longview


Rev. Dr. Todd Adams
“For the Support of Ministry”

Rev. Dr. Todd A. Adams serves as the 9th Chief Executive of Pension Fund of the Christian Church. Adams previously served as the Associate General Minister and Vice President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, the Interim President of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, Interim President of Church Finance Council and Senior Minister of Memorial Drive Christian Church, Houston, TX. Todd is a graduate of Chapman University with an MDiv from Phillips Theological Seminary. He earned a DMin from Wesley Theological Seminary and was awarded an Honorary DDiv degree from Bethany College.


Dr. Kathy Cavins-Tull
“A Rich Past & A Vibrant Future:
TCU’s Strategic Plan”

Dr. Kathy Cavins-Tull joined TCU in 2011 as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. In that role, she directs the out-of-class environment for students focusing on a wide range of areas including student health and wellness, leadership development and engagement, multicultural and international services, religious and spiritual life, Greek life, and career services. This also includes oversight for residence life, housing, campus dining, conduct, public safety and crisis intervention. In addition, Dr. Cavins-Tull serves as an adjunct professor in the College of Education. Outside of TCU, Dr. Cavins-Tull has served on the advisory board for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Center for Women, the James E. Scott Academy Advisory Board and as a faculty member for the Small College Institute. She currently serves as National Co-Chair for the NASPA Fraternity and Sorority Knowledge Community.


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